Glass Beads

    Advice On Gluing Seed Beads To Wood.

    Q: I bought an unfinished wood jewelry box and I'd like to paint it and then glue some seed and bugle beads on to it. Can anyone recommend a good type of glue to use? I know alot about beads but not much at all about all of the different types of glues out there!A: Try Aleene's 'Tacky Glue', it dries clear and is very sturdy and long lasting. Don't forget to sand down any rough edges before you paint. I gotta say that I haven't had much luck gluing beads unless I use two part clear...

    Angels.

    Q: Can anyone tell me where I can get a pattern to make angels out of crystal beads, or pearl-like beads, and what I can have for wings, could that be 'Filigree'? I am also thinking of birthstone angels. Any information would be good.A: There are some angel beads up for sale currently somewhere. It was either 'Amazon' or 'Justbeads'? She used a piece of lace for the wings. I have made angels using silver and gold wire in different sizes, threading the beads on the wire, and then looping it to form the body. I...

    Bead Dish?

    Q: I'm looking for an internet source for a bead dish. I saw one used in the 'Bead & Button' Magazine, but can't find one. Anybody know where I can buy them? I'm tired of spilling beads everywhere, using a saucer.A: You mean the ceramic one with several compartments? Try 'Beyond Beadery' in Colorado, or 'BeadCats' in Oregon. If you're talking about the flower-shaped white ceramic trays, they're actually Japanese watercolor palettes. You can usually find them in the watercolor or paintbrush/palette aisles of good art supply stores. Mine have cost anywhere from $5 to about $16, depending...

    Beaded Combs.

    Q: A colleague of mine is looking for someone who makes beaded haircombs. Anyone here do that, and have a website she could visit to see your work?A: I just picked a hair comb up from the floor yesterday (my daughter's). It was 3 strands of pearl/gold beads twisted and glued onto the comb (about 3 inches long). She has others that are heavier (wood beads), and 3-dimensional which were sewn on with a heavy thread just looped around and around putting the needle through the bead design, and around the top of the comb. It...

    Beaded Curtain?

    Q: I'm fairly new to beading - but have a question for more experienced folks. I'm interested in making a bead curtain for my bathroom window, which is tall and narrow (about 30" X 16"). My dream is to weave images into the curtain, but I'm afraid that the small seed beads that would make an image most lovely, don't have the 'heft' required to make a swingy bead curtain. Has anyone ever tried this? I've searched the web to no avail, and all I've seen have been the 60's style 'love beads' curtains, which don't have...

    Bead Embellished Dog Collars?

    Q: Does anyone have info on where can find instructions for a beaded collar for a large dog? I don't want to use seed beads, but perhaps plastic pony beads or bone pipe beads for an Indian look? I am looking to decorate an existing leather collar.A: I've been thinking of beading my llama's Halters, or at least the nosebands (llama Halters don't have browbands like Horse Halters) for shows. I use nylon halters, and will probably squarestitch the nosebands, and then stitch them to the nylon. I think squarestitch will hold up better than looming for this....

    Bead Embroidery.

    Q: I am taking a class this weekend on embroidering 'Ultra Suede' with beads and I am to come with some ideas of what I would like to construct and design. Now I don't have to worry about frames, because I have lots of vintage ones, the problem I have is that I can't figure out what I am going to embroider.A: If you have access to a library, go and check out 'Threads' magazine back issues. 'Threads' is published by 'Taunton Publishers'. I know for certain that they had some lovely purses covered in their magaizine. ...

    Beading Chain Advice.

    Q: I want to bead a chain about a quarter inch in diameter (like a fat pencil), and I can do it in peyote but I was wondering if anyone knew of a faster stitch.A: Have you tried beaded crochet? I have seen this demo'd at a few shows, and the ladies who do it can do several bracelets during the course of the show. There is an article in the Winter '98 issue of 'Beadwork'. If you know how to crochet, it's basically slip stitches in a ring w/ a bead worked in every stitch. ...

    Bead Loom Question

    Q: I am interested in bead loom designs, and I want to try a few. I have not purchased a loom yet and would appreciate any input on what makes a good bead loom. I have seen very large wood looms for $40.00, and I have seen bead thread on a shoe box with a lovely bracelet in progress.A: You should be able to find a good quality 2' or 3' wooden loom for about $20-$25. One place I know you can find this price and quality is Tandy Leather, which has stores all over the U.S....

    Beads In A Gram.

    Q: Can someone tell me approximately how many beads are in a gram???A: All information from 'Bead Fairies' Measures Page For more info: Rocaille Seed Beads size 6 - 1 hank = 2240 beads - 3 hanks = 1/2 kilo size 8 - 1 hank = 2960 beads - 5 hanks = 1/2 kilo size 10 - 1 hank = 3920 beads - 10 hanks = 1/2 kilo size 11 - 1 hank = 4000 beads - 12 hanks = 1/2 kilo size 12 - 1 hank = 4720 beads - 14 hanks = 1/2 kilo size 13 -...

    Beads NJ To FL?

    Q: I will be travelling to Florida from New Jersey, and I am wondering if there are any great bead shops that I must visit. We'll be travelling 'The New Jersey Turnpike' to Delaware, US 95, & Route 4. We will go through Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. I can probably get the hubby to take a side trip/detour of about an hour.A: There is a very nice store that I buy all my beads from. I live 20 miles south of Daytona, and the place is 'Imagine...

    Beads? Not sure. Advice please.

    Q: These sound like 'Pop' beads. Is there a hole in the end of a larger circle? Try putting the small end into it - if there is a "pop" and it attaches - taaadaaaa......very desirable for retro 50s/60s buffs.A: Some kind of thread-holding bobbin maybe, but 'Lace' bobbins have "handles" i.e. the "snowman" shape he describes continues and narrows into a 4 inch (appox.) long shape, and not too many in plastic. In shape, they are like a little snowman, i.e. round body with a smaller round head on top. They are about 1 cm long, the 'body'...

    'Bead Societies'.

    Q: Does anyone know if there is a 'Bead Society' in Boston, Ma, or in other cities and towns of Massachusetts? I recently started a jewelry business and need information about local craft shows in Massachusetts.A: There is a flourishing 'Bead Society', 'Beaddesigner Intl.', that operates out of Brookline. The phone # is 508-785-9097. There is a small chance that is an old #, if you can't find them there, the ladies at 'Crystal Blue Beads' in Watertown will be able to give you the #. Also: 'Crystal Blue' 617-923-2337 565 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown. Great store for Czech...

    Bead stores in LA & Long Beach, CA

    Q: It looks as though I will have a chance to visit a few bead stores on an upcoming visit to LA and Long Beach. What are the best ones and do they have any specialities? I'd also welcome opinions on places to eat, wearable art, fabric, quilting, needlework, and weaving places.A: Sharon asked about bead stores in Los Angeles and Long Beach. I can help with the LA area a bit. West Los Angeles has quite a few. None of them stand out as exceptional in my mind, but I admit my bead expertise is not vast....

    Beadtips.

    Q: I am interested in hearing opinions on using beadtips in making necklaces. Do a lot of you use them, or do you use them just some of the time? Do you think they add, or take away from, the look/quality of the piece, or neither?A: I sometimes use them; it depends what I'm stringing on, how many strands I'm using, and what beads I'm using. I've never had a beadtip open up on me, but I'd be a little leery of depending on them to hold extremely heavy bead strings (of course, if they're THAT heavy, who wants...

    Beadwork Software?

    Q: Are there any software programs available for either 'PC' or 'MAC' to graft/plan/create bead patterns for loomwork or peyote? Someone posted some recommendations a month or so ago, but the post is no longer accessible.A: I didn't follow the discussions about beading s/w, but you can find more info than you can deal with if you check out "deja," one of the websites where newsgroup postings are archived. If you go to http://www.deja.com , and scroll right, up at the top there is a "Power Seach" option. Click on that, and enter "rec.crafts.beads" in...

    Bookkeeping For Beaders.

    Q: It is my understanding that most beaders would operate as small business owners. In this way, there really is no self salary. This complicates things in two ways, for income reporting, you can not really add a cost to the items you make for your labor. This results in an income that is falsely high.A: I believe that in order to have a labour expense, that the IRS would accept as a cost of your product, you would get all tangled up in declaring that you are not the owner, but self employed. This brings you...

    Boxes, Etc.

    Q: I'm looking for a supplier of things like earring boxes, and those plastic thingamajigs (highly technical term) you hook earrings onto, and the batting-like stuff that goes in the boxes.A: You'll probably get lots of suggestions, but a source I use for most of my packaging stuff (also a highly technical term!) is 'Action Bag & Display'. http://www.actionbag.com I like 'Fetpak'(http://www.fetpak.com), 'eBay', 'Amazon', 'Boxlot' and 'Just Beads'. ID: 'AllArts' (beads, craft items, collectibles). 'NewHouse Gifts' 'Delica Beads'(http://members.aol.com/crafts2001/delicas.html). 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon has lots of things to chose from. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 ...

    Brass & Steel Beads

    Q: I acquired some vintage or antique steel and brass beads (slightly faceted,14s?). I haven't see anything like them, even at good-sized bead fairs? I have only a small stash. I'd like to know what they are worth or their replacement value. Any ideas?A: It sounds like you have landed some french steel cut beads. They are rare, usually found in old purses. The French steel cuts have a huge hole like that of a delica bead. I have found mine at antique stores. I just bought some that answer (more or less) to your...

    Charlotte's Bead-Type Or Shape Of Bead?

    Q: I heard 'Charlotte' mentioned in catalogues, but I haven't seen any pictures. Is it a type of a bead, or the way certain beads are shaped? Does anyone know of a photo on the internet that shows what one looks like? I've been looking, but no luck yet.A: Czech beads, usually size 12 or 13, normally opaque, with a bit cut off 1 side. The effect is beautiful, as the light hits it differently, and the facet ends up at different angles on different beads in the finished work. I don't think the effect will show up...

    Clasps And Cords.

    Q: Most of what I do is polymer clay combined with other beads. My Q is, how do you tell how strong the clasp and cord needs to be to support the piece? I used 'Tiger Tail' on the heaviest pieces, but I don't like the way it drapes with smaller pieces. Also, I have carpal tunnel, so I have to get help with crimp beads and such, and is a lobster claw the best for heavy pieces, or can I use a large barrel?A: Well, you ought to get lots of response to this question. I like the...

    Cleaning Ostrich Shell beads...Ideas?

    Q: I picked up some ostrich shell beads, but they have some sort of tacky black crud on them. Does anyone: 1 - Know what it is? 2 - Have ideas on removing it? Since I can test a cleaning method on a single bead, it should be pretty safe. I just want to avoid having to scrub each bead with a toothbrush. I have a sonicator, but am assuming that it will only weaken the beads.A: I had a few strands and assumed that it was a result of having been worn for an unknown...

    Cobalt

    Q: I've just gotten some lovely beads that are a gorgeous cobalt blue. What I'd like to know is how do I tell if they ARE cobalt? Their pedigree is lost because they went from an estate sale to a swap meet to beader and then to me.A: What kind of blue is cobalt blue? I can't remember. Is it the bright, true blue or more of a dark, bold color? Anyway, I doubt the beads are really cobalt since cobalt is a metal. Cobalt in its metal form would not be blue, unless...

    Copyright, Trademark, Ethics, And Crafts.

    Q: I am interested in 'Polymer' clay, and from time to time, I see heated debates on the issue of copying what is an original work of art, ethics, and the like. For some people, these issues are academic. For others, it has a direct effect on their ability to make a living.A: I know you asked to be e-mailed personally, but as a new beader, I would like to know some of the questions & concerns of others. Please reconsider your request for private responses (unless someone can share with me why yours is a more appropriate...

    Crackle Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know how crackle beads are made, the kind where the glass is visibly fractured and refused?A: I seem to remember someone telling me a long time ago that crackle beads are made when the flameworker dunks the warm bead into cold water, thereby fracturing the glass. I'm not sure, but we used to crackle marbles in a very hot cast iron skillet as children. Maybe the technique is similar. Oh, I always used to beg and beg and my mother would never let me try that. You didn't say anything, so I guess nobobdy put an...

    Cremated Remains Into Beads.

    Q: I've heard that the ashes can be used to make glass beads. Before you think it's too gross, I should say they are a dog's ashes. Any information would be greatly appreciated.A: My bead store had a 'Xerox' copy of something about this that was a headline for 'YAHOO NEWS'. Sorry, I don't have any more info tonight. I myself, always wanted to be made into Christmas ornaments after my demise. That way, the kids could bring me out every year and hang me on the tree. My other plan was for my husband, and I. Whoever goes...

    Crimp Beads - Having Trouble With Strength.

    Q: Following everyone's advice (thank you, dear group), I began using crimp beads in my designs (which are slowly beginning to sell in retail - woohoo!). However, I prefer the silver-looking crimp beads, but cannot for the life of me get these things to compress down on the wire. The softer gold crimp beads work just fine. I'm only using needle-nosed pliers, and my hand-strength is laughable. Do I need to invest in the 'crimp tools" I have seen mentioned here?A: Yes, the crimp pliers make a big difference. Just be sure to read the...

    Crimp Beads.

    Q: Does anyone know of an online source for "gold" crimp beads?A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon carries them. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 We carry gold and silver crimp beads in 3 styles. What we carry is not real gold if that is what you are looking for... Prices are around $3.00 per 100 'Paramount Novelties, Craft & Trim' 1 800 421-8021 Fax 213 744-0626 550 'Silver & Supply'...

    Crocheted Bead Rope.

    Q: I saw one of these being made at a bead show recently, and I've been thinking about it ever since. It was made by stringing beads onto crochet thread and then crocheting a tube and only the beads showed. Does anyone out there have a pattern for this? I want to make one. I'd also need to know the size of hook and what size of beads to use.A: That was the site I meant to send, and I sent E-mail without the link. the person that has those instructions on the bead patterns site...

    Cruel And Unusual Bead Torture.

    Q: Your much anticipated package from 'Fire Mountain Gems' arrives, but your mailman somehow manages to cram it into your mailbox, which has an opening just slightly smaller than the width of the package... You spend 25 minutes in the dark in the rain/snow trying to pry, coax, and/or force the box out of your mailbox to no avail.A: Or the other thing is, when they seem to fit, all your little packages in there, and you have problems getting them out, because it's like a puzzle in reverse, and you have stuff already in one hand. Yes, well, I...

    Dearborn MI Area Beadshops?

    Q: I will be in the Dearborn/Livonia/Plymouth MI area around Thanksgiving. Anyone know of good bead shops around there?A: The closest I've ever found to your area is in Ann Arbor. It's called 'Findings', on East Stadium. Let me know if you'd like their info. Try these. I can't remember all of the shop names off the top of my head, but this should at least get you started: 'Plymouth Beading' (Plymouth) 'Bedlam Beadworks' (Ferndale) 'Beada Beada' (Royal Oak) 'Beads SRO' (Royal Oak) 'Baglady Beads' (Hamtramck) 'Findings' (Ann Arbor) 'Bead Gallery' (Ann Arbor) You can find street addresses...

    Delicas: how many in 10 grams?

    Q: I'm thinking of ordering some Delicas from General Bead for the Basket Bag project in 'Beaded Amulet Purses'. But, I don't have any idea how many beads would be in the standard 10 gram retail package - I'm used to ordering beads in the 6" x 1/2" tubes. Anyone have an idea of an approximate number or how many packages of each color I might need for this project?A: I've had similar conversations the last two afternoons with a couple of my customers. One had just called General about their samples and they told her...

    Do These Beads Even Exist?!

    Q: I'm searching for beads that are shaped like a hockey puck. They must be quite small (around 5mm across, 2-3mm thick) black, with the hole running through the wide part, not through the thin part. Do beads like this exist?A: Running through the wide part? A rondelle/spacer bead? I would think most general bead places would have it, including 'General Bead'! A hole piercing the 5mm width? As opposed to beads presenting the 2-3mm edge when strung? I've seen vintage 'Swarovski' - something like that. They look like 2 flat rhinestones glued back-to-back. I also have some larger (about...

    Drilling Bead Holes In Wood.

    Q: I'm going to buy some small wooden Russian dolls to make into jewelry - they are like the very innermost doll of a Russian nesting doll. I was wondering how would I go about drilling a small hole through the doll so that I can string it? Is this something that a jeweler would be able to do? Would I have to have a woodworker do this? Can I buy a tool to do this?A: I use a "Dremel" which is a small high speed drill for all my drilling. You can buy it at a hardware store. This...

    'E6000' Help.

    Q: Can anyone offer some tips or advice to work with this stuff, or another product that maybe isn't so thick and viscous? What do you use it for? What other industrial strength adhesives are good to use for this application?A: I love 'E6000', and usually get anyone coming to visit London from America to bring me a tube, since it's very rare over here. However, I find it's not so good on slick surfaces. I sand or scratch everything a tiny bit to give it some 'tooth' to grab onto. Since this is so, I wouldn't expect it to...

    Ethics Thread.

    Q: What is interesting to me, is how this thread points out that when you make something public, although you may have followed all of the legal rules and used your personal integrity to give credit as you feel appropriate, someone else is bound to disagree (you maybe lucky enough not to hear from them though).A: I'm thinking about using this thread in my freshman writing class on argument (I teach English at the 'U. of New Orleans' by day, and make lampworked beads and teach classes in beadmaking at the 'New Orleans School of Glasswork' by night) to show...

    Fake Vs. Real 'Lapis Lazuli'.

    Q: Having acquired some 'Lapis Lazuli' chips as a gift. I am curious as to how I can tell if they are real or dyed.A: A bad dye job will come off in hot (not necessarily boiling) water. A good dye job won't. Real Lapis has little flecks of gold in in (pyrite - fools gold). If yours has lots of white and just a few gold flecks, it is real but low quality (most likely for stuff they made into chips). If it is very uniform, with no white or gold - be suspicious...

    Fiber-Optic Beads.

    Q: Can someone tell me: What are fiber-optic beads?A: They are beads made from fiber-optic quality glass - the kind used for telephone cabling, etc. They have a "cats eye" look to them, and are sometimes called by that name. Fiber optic beads are made out of fiber optic cable - the stuff used in telephone wiring. They give an appearance like a "tiger's eye" and are dyed in many colors. The purple is my favorite. The round ones are especially good for earrings. They are available from many different sources: 'Fire Mountain', 'GemORama', and 'Annie's Wholesale Beads', among...

    First-Timer Needs Help With Girl's Necklace.

    Q: I am making a hand knotted necklace on silk cord. I have about 1/2 inch space between each bead. My question is, what should the finished length of the necklace be for a little girl (age 9)? I want the necklace to hang no lower than the neck, however, it is not a choker (there should be some slack). I'm thinking maybe it should be 13 in.A: I make a lot of children's jewelry, including some for my own two girls. The 13 to 14 inch range sounds about right for the length you described;...

    Forty year old puzzle -- why no purple?

    Q: When I was a kid and wanted to do a rainbow effect with sead beads I could never find a good, "standard-size", plain, opaque color sead bead in purple. Ideally, I would have liked red-violet, violet, blue-violet, but it always stuck in my mind that this was one color that was not to be had. The best I was ever able to do was a sad chalky pale lavender I found in tubes at a local hobby shop, literally 35 years ago. I've since learned that beads have varying prices based on the amount of gold needed to make...

    Getting Rid Of My Beads.

    Q: After much thought, I have decided to give up beading and to get rid of my beads - years worth of buying and collecting....'Delicas', 15s, 11/0s, etc. Lots of colours, and such. I have found that while I enjoy the designing part, and the buying part, I really don't enjoy the actual making part. So, any suggestions on how to sell the beads? Here? By type, lot, or...?A: How about on 'JustBeads' auctions or 'eBay'? Even 'Yahoo', for that matter! You could do large lots if you don't want to prolong it. Feel free to list it...

    Glass Bead Press

    Q: I'm researching how to make a glass bead press but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how they work. Has anyone ever seen or maybe even used one?A: Do you mean a tool to press hot glass into a flat bead? You can buy one from several outlets, such as Frantz Bead at 206-426-6712. The area code might be wrong, as it's changed, but if so, a Voice will give you the correct one when you call the number. see if you can find a copy (try interlibrary loan) of Perlen aus Gablonz (Glass beads from Gablonz) which...

    Glass Beads?

    Q: I'm looking for glass beads in the crow or pony styles. Anyone know where to get them? I'm in San Diego and would prefer a store in the area as opposed to mail order if possible. They don't have to be Czech, or lampwork, or anything fancy.A: If by "San Diego", you mean the place just north of Aunt Jane, then try 'General Bead' in National City. You can take a look on their website (www.genbead.com). Take a look through their close-out board while you're in the store. Be prepared for a long wait...

    Glass Vs. Plastic.

    Q: I have been making polymer clay beads and jewelry for about five years now, and I never used to worry to much about what my "filler" beads were made of in my jewelry, but now, I'd prefer to use glass seed beads instead of plastic ones. Okay, no problem - buy nice ones from now on. BUT I have a big jumble of beads that I'm not sure what they're made of, and they're so little - how can you tell?A: I took some glass seeds and put them in water. All of them (100%) sank....

    Half-Drilled Pearls......?

    Q: Someone asked about where to find these the other day. I looked in 'Fire Mountain's' catalog #7233 and they have them in several sizes both in 3/4 and round.A: This 'Fire Mountain' catalog must truly have everything! I suppose I will find out myself in a few weeks; I called for mine today. Is it really 244 pages (that's what their website said)? Yes, it's really that big a catalog! You're going to see all kinds of goodies that you just have to have! They are very, very nice to deal with...they also offer specials...

    Help Restringing 'Opal' Necklace.

    Q: A friend gave me an 'Opal' Rondelle necklace to restring. It is currently on 'Tiger Tail', and looks awful. It is stiff and requires leaving a visible tail to lie correctly. He told me it could not be strung on silk, as this would cut the opals! Does anyone have any advice on a stringing material I could use so it would do these beautiful rondelles justice, and yet not damage the stones? I will finish with gold crimps and french wire.A: If 'Tiger Tail' didn't damage the stones, I can't imagine silk would, but we have some knotters...

    Help With Twisting Netting.

    Q: I'm trying netting for the first time, and decided to try out the netted evening purse from the August issue of 'Bead and Button' (pg 52). The project starts with 144 beads (I'm using 'Delicas') tied into a circle from which you start the netting. For the life of me, I cannot keep these strands of netting from twisting. By the time I get to the third row of netting, it's a jumbled up mess. I've tried to make sure that I'm weaving onto the correct row, but I must be doing something wrong. I've...

    High Tech Bead Wire

    Q: I always use two rounds (usually 6 mm) with the crimp bead in between at the end before the clasp and I use a crimper tool that mashes and then rounds the crimp. What's your experience? What size do you use for the tiger tail? Isn't acculon the same thing?A: I assume you are talking about soft-flex and yes, I've started using it and I'm very happy with it. I used tiger tail for a while and found if I used a heavy enough guage it didn't break, but there was still the kinking problem. ...

    Hot Head Torch Question.

    Q: I am new to lampworking and have just had to change my 'Mapp' gas tank for the first time. The torch worked fine before, but now I can only get a tiny flame... when I turn up the gas the torch goes out. Does anyone know why this would happen? One theory I have is that the torch head is dirty, but I don't know how to clean it...A: I have seen this problem with HOT HEADS, and I used to own one... One thing - are you using the disposable canisters, or bulk? Yf BULK, and you are...

    How did you get interested in beading?

    Q: I am very new at this new interest of mine and I am also very excited about it. I am having a hard time finding people who want to help though. I have been to a couple of classes which taught me a few techniques but after the classes I am on my own. Today I went and purchased $75 worth of books hoping I can learn from them. Did you all just pick up this hobby without any education or by going to Walmart and buying a few packs of beads and begin beading.?...

    How To Dye Silk Cord.

    Q: My wife wants to learn what you can use to dye silk cord or thread.A: To dye silk thread brown shades, use tea or coffee until it becomes the right shade. This works well. I have also resorted to using permanent magic marker when I couldn't find anything near what I wanted. It doesn't come off, and the silk takes the color well. Here's a subject with which I am well acquainted! I use silk thread in most of my beading projects, and I find it economical to buy white thread in quantity and...

    I Am Going To Open A Bead Shop For Japanese People.

    Q: I will make a homepage about beads, and sell beads for Japanese people. The beads market in Japan is not as big as in USA. However, if I do it right, I think beads can be a big hit, just like 'Tamagochi'.A: Last summer, the international 'Glass Arts Society' held their convention in Japan. Japanese glass and bead lovers were introduced to the variety of lampwork (handmade) glass beads - mostly from the USA. They are expensive - but they would provide the unusual designs that the Japanese love. Please check out 'The Society Of...

    Jewelry For People Into Swing Music.

    Q: So many bare ears, necks, and wrists!!! I on the other hand, weighed 5lbs extra dripping in my own beads. I can't figure out what the folks would wear. Most are very young, and I don't think sparkly will get it. About the only thing I was wearing was a litle head band I call a coronet because it's like a little beaded crown thing with spiky fresh water pearls, stones, and stuff. The band is wrapped in irridescent double color ribbon that is almost transparent and shows thecolor of the fabric band underneath.A: There's a practical thing...

    Knitted Beaded Purses.

    Q: Has anyone on this NG ever attempted these? 'Theresa Williams', A.K.A. "The Bag Lady Press", has some really nice patterns. I am looking for a basic manual that explains, really well, how to do bead knitting.A: Theresa is the author of several very practical bead knitting books. However, the one that sells, and sells, and sells again, is the very first: "Bead Knit Pendant Bags". It is helpful if you already know how to cast on & how to do the Knit stitch, and perhaps the basics of increasing/decreasing. Beyond that, her books handle...

    Knots? Need Help.

    Q: when I make bracelets or necklaces (beaded), how can I hide the knot? I tie the 'Nymo' thread or elastic on the clasp, then I string the beads. The knot is always there. What can I do? Tips and advice would be very helpful.A: There are a number of ways to achieve this. The easiest is to use something called a bead tip. There are several types. One is like a clam shell.... you thread it on over the knot, apply a little glue to the knot for security, and clamp the "clam shell"...

    Lampwork Beads

    Q: A friend of mine has a couple of questions about lampwork beads. 1. Even though she holds them at least one inch from the flame, they still turn completely grey sometimes. Why does this happen? 2. Why do smoke-like trails appear in the beads?A: I had this same problem when I started a few years ago. The problem with all black/gray beads went away when I went from straight propane to the bench burner with oxy/propane set up. Colors ever since. I still have to turn the oxygen rate...

    Looking For Beads.

    Q: Am looking for all types of beads. Where should I look?A: Check out 'Bolek's Craft Supplies'. They have a large assortment of beads for a very good price. 'Bolek's' sells in bulk. www.bolekscrafts.com Stop by and check out our selection! We have beautiful, handmade 'Venetian' beads that we hand-pick and import ourselves as well as Austrian crystal, semi-precious stone, freshwater pearl, and this evening I'm adding 'Peking Glass Power Bracelets'. http://www.elegant-embellishments.com I have a lot of beautiful beads, cabs, and cameos, I got them in a closeout sale. I don't know the names or types, but I can send you...

    Loom Question.

    Q: I'm relatively new at beading in general, and loom beading in particular. I find that the most work involved in looming is warping the loom. Is there an easy way to do this? I'm working on a piece for a friend (an American flag for his rearview mirror) and it's 26 rows wide. I spent the better part of 2 hours last night threading the loom! There has GOT to be an easier way to do this. Any help would be appreciated.A: Don't know what you are doing, or what your loom looks like,...

    Magazine Subscriptions.

    Q: Someone brought up magazines. How about you wonderful people posting your favorites for me, please. I don't want to waste my money, but don't want to miss out on any that have good beading projects/work. Along with that list, would I be pushy to ask for favorite catalog list too? ;-)A: I subscribe to 'Bead & Button'. I haven't done a lot of projects out of it, but the ones I have done came out nicely. One warning though, make sure you read the materials list, and instructions carefully before you begin, and scrutinize the photos....

    Manhattan Bead Article Cancelled By 'Ebay'.

    Q: I would be asking myself why they were selling it on 'eBay' instead of 'Sotheby's' where there would at least be some research into authenticity. You can't save idiots from themselves, no matter how hard you try. However, this auction does give me some ideas. I have a piece of old cloth that I am convinced is part of the "Shroud of Turin". What do you think my reserve price should be set at?A: There is a sucker born every minute. This so called bead is like the emperor's cloths. It looks like a plastic...

    Mirrix Looms.

    Q: Has anyone used a 'Mirrix' bead loom, with or without a shedding device for beading? I am very new to loom beading, and I am considering purchasing one, but wanted to see if anyone has had any experience, good or bad, with this loom.A: I keep seeing these looms mentioned, and I have never seen or heard of them. Would someone please post or E-mail me a location where I can check them out? I love my 'Mirrix' loom. It is expensive, but very easy to use. I've done both with and without the shedding device....

    More on polyshrink

    Q: Has anyone actually tried the sanding method to hold the color onto the finished (shrunk) material? I am afraid that even with roughing up the surface, my inkjet and/or my permanent markers will smudge. Also, has anyone found a place to purchase 1/8 inch hole punchers?A: If you punch before baking, the holes should bake down to the right size, shouldn't they? I used 1/8 when I was making buttons from shrink plastic and that seemed to give a good, average size buttonhole after shrinking. I think 1/6 would shrink down a bit fine for anything...

    'Moretti' Glass Rods.

    Q: Any suggestions on where is the best place (price and reliability) to buy the rods for lampworking? I have been using 'CR Loo', and I'm not overly happy with them.A: I have been very happy with 'Arrow Springs'. They are easy to deal with and quick to ship, but they are at the show in Tucson that begins next thursday, so you may have trouble working with them this week. Normally they are very responsive. I am not great at this linking stuff, but I think this is how you get to 'Arrow Springs': http://www.innercite.com/~flameon/welcome.html I having been...

    Necklaces On Consignment.

    Q: A nice boutique is interested in taking some of my hand-designed necklaces on consignment. I know how much I would like to sell them for, so do I just tell them the price I need to receive and let them decide on their selling price, or do I need to lower my asking price so the retail price will not be as high? This is my first experience with consigning items and would appreciate any and all pointers.A: There's not a definitive answer by any means, but - figure out the very least you should/can make from them as...

    Need Book Reviews.

    Q: I noticed two new amulet books offered by 'Helby'. Has anyone seen these books? Are they on the net anywhere ('Beaded Obsessions' by 'C&B Assemi', 'C Thomsen', 'C Bell', 'C Sweet', 'BeadTime Stories' by 'Elizabeth Ann scarborough')?A: 'BeadTime Stories' is at http://www.olympus.net/personal/scarboro/ This is an interesting book, because 'Annie Scarborough' (well-known fantasy author) has retold fairy tales, with an amulet pattern for each story. I suggest that you visit http://www.sylnet.com/books and use the search engine available there by title, subject, or author....

    Need Help with Perler Fusible Beads, If You Don't Mind.

    Q: I know 'Perler' beads are at the low end of the bead spectrum (if they're on there at all), but I really have nowhere else to turn. My local craft store is dropping them from their stock. What I'm looking for is the 400 ct. bags of 1 color. I have found one place, but the selection is extremely limited. If anyone knows of anyplace that has a good selection of these, whether it be online or off, could you please help me out?A: We might not be able to do you any good either. Others have occasionally...

    New beader question

    Q: I can't resist those beautiful things anymore. I have a question. How do you get that thread through those tiny holes in the needles ? I am a quilter and a cross stitcher so I have been threading needles for years, but I can't seem to get that beading thread through the tiny holes in the beading needles. I bought the thread and the needles at a bead shop, so that isn't the problem. Any advice for a newbie? And PLEASE don't advise the use of a needle threader. I already broke the one I tried. The thread seems...

    Newbie Needs Bead Stringing Help!

    Q: In this month's issue of 'Bead & Button', they had a review of a new kind of clear glue that they used for stringing those "illusion" necklaces. I'm sure this would be helpful to you, as they used it for just that reason - keeping the beads from sliding around. It's called "Hot Stuff Special T Instant Glue".A: I'm trying to put a bead on various stringing (satin, leather, suade). I don't want it to slide around. I just want the bead to SIT THERE with the stringing material showing on either side! I...

    Newbie Needs Help.

    Q: I'm new at this, and would really like some help, please. The bead store where I bought my beads suggested I use 'Soft Flex Wire' .014 clear (3 strands X wires per strand) for single strand bracelets (Right? Wrong? Is there something better?) I also want to do 2, and 3 strand bracelets, necklaces, earrings and fancy name bracelets. I also need a source for fancy letters for the bracelets, not those white/black cheap looking things, or the black/gold of the same kind. Different color cheap looking things.A: 'Soft Flex' is rated by weight, so you...

    New To Beading - Tools.

    Q: I need help with tools (pliers). What types of pliers would I get to start with: round nose, chain nose, and wire cutter.... what else? Are chain nose & flat nose the same thing, and what is "crimping plier"? I'm a beginner, and wish to make necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for fun (I love stones and beads!!!!) and would appreciate if someone could suggest what to look for, and would appreciate if someone could speak about his/her favorite tools.A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' has a nice beginner kit of tools that includes flat nose, chain nose, round nose, and...

    Nifty Auction Feature...

    Q: I just learned about this nifty auction feature on 'Yahoo'. You can set it to alert you when your favorite seller lists items. So, I have it set to alert me when "beckibead" lists new auctions.A: What a GREAT idea! I wish eBay would do it! I don't know if 'Yahoo' still offers it, but I know when selling, you used to be able to pick the exact time you wanted your auctions to end, instead of it being at the same minute that you put them on (only 7 days later). As a seller, I would...

    Opinion Please.

    Q: If there were a magazine dedicated to seedbead work, would you buy or subscribe to it?A: It would depend on how inspiring the projects were and how well they were explained. I like the way 'Bead and Button' writes instructions that work. The initial 'Beadwork Magazine' trial issue (issued three summers ago) was a very beautiful first effort, with a lot of novel projects. The magazine has not duplicated the level of excitement of their initial issue since then. Also, attractive color photos of the projects would make me buy it. I would not buy it if it were...

    Patterns.

    Q: I was wondering if anyone has, or knows where I can find, patterns for christmas ornament earrings, and possibly other holiday earring patterns.A: I have a pattern for beaded marble earrings up on te 'Jewelry Crafts' web site: If you do them in Christmas colors, then they look like beaded Christmas ornaments. There is another book - "Beaded Holiday Earrings" by 'Jeanette Shonga' that has some really nice earrings for other holiday designs. I think 'Fire Mountain Gems' might have it. They do look very nice and I'm going to give them a try. I ordered...

    "Pixie Dust".

    Q: I am new at lampwork bead making and I ordered some "Pixie Dust" to put a nice finish on my beads. Does anyone know what the best way to apply this stuff to your beads is?A: I usually just roll my hot beads in the 'Pixie Dust', and then depending on what final effect I want to achieve, I may case the entire bead with clean glass. I use "pixie dust" quite often. I prefer to put it in a pint glass jar (my favorite is a 'King Kelly' marmalade due to the shape). Shape your...

    Plastic Tubes.

    Q: Does anyone know where I can get plastic tubes (the kind used for storing seed beads) in quantity reasonably? I am looking for 6", and possibly 3 or 4".A: 'General Bead' stocks skinny tubes in four different sizes. 'Helby Import Co.' stocks 4 and 6 inch tubes (1/2 and 1oz) too, but you have to have a business (both sell tubes by the hundreds). Prices vary from US$6.50-9.50/100. I believe that the 'Rainbow Bead Co.' may also stock tubes for sale. I didn't see your message until now, but if you would be interested in 2...

    Pony Beads.

    Q: I need some patterns for pony beads. If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it!A: what more do you want? There are a lot of good links from the 'Geocities' site. Are you looking for something in particular, that you can't find there? We have some project sheets, but they are not significantly different from what is seen on the Web (except our graphics are a little clearer). I will be away for 2 weeks, but E-mail me if you want info about our kits and sheets for pony beads. The person most likely...

    Pricing Work.

    Q: How does everyone come up w/ a price for the items you make? I just go by what I have seen before. Is there an actual formula?A: I have several ways that I price my items. I figure cost of supplies, and then raise the price 300%. I borrowed this formula from someone who does flower arranging. You can add some cost for time in there too, but if you are just letting your creative juices flow as I sometimes do, then all the time would make the piece too costly. I did, at...

    Problem With Creation.

    Q: I'm not so unhappy as it could seem. It's just very, very frustrating because I know somewhere inside of me, there is a creator who wants to work, but where?A: Liking beads and "playing" with them is the way to develop creativity with them. Keep playing - do something and if you don't like it, pull it out and do something else. Experiment. Remember, you only have to show your successes to other people. Look at patterns, pictures, needlework, art, and anything else that inspires you. Put together motifs from different sources....

    Projects As Gifts.

    Q: Did everyone get their projects finished that they were making for others as gifts this holiday season? What was the most difficult project you intended as a gift?A: I finished a necklace for my sister-in-law - forgot to scan it though, so I'll ask my brother to take a photo. I also made a friend who collects mini-shoes, a tiny leather beaded moccasin - came out really cute. I didn't finish the suncatcher for my oldest brother - it's woven with a hole in the middle - sky above, waves below and will get a dolphin bead...

    QUESTION.

    Q: Does anyone know a bead store online that sells the magnet closures for necklaces and/or bracelets?A: 'General Bead' has magnet clasps for $10.50 for 6 in G and S (sometimes but not when I ordered). You can get a very good quality 9ct and 'SS' magnetic clasp from 'AG Jeweller's Supplies' for $24.05/12 and 21.01/12 respectively. If you want something special, I'd recommend these above the others which I believe are the same as the ones supplied by 'Rings & Things'. 'AG' is not online, but they do mail-orders. 'AG Findings' Sawgrass Corporate Ctr 1145 Sawgrass Corporate...

    REQ: Closure For Bracelet?

    Q: Our daughter recently visited from California wearing a bracelet made entirely of seedbeads. It was a woven, daisy-chain that had an interesting closure we are trying to duplicate. It was a "ball" or "raspberry" (also woven/stitched from seed beads) that fit into the loop on the other end of the bracelet. Does anyone know how to make this "ball" or could you send us to a site that would have instructions?A: What type of closure are you looking for. What type of bracelet? Is it beaded, are you using 'Aculon'? I was referring to...

    Rose Petal Beads

    Q: I am looking for the recipe for Rose Petal Beads. I saw it on tv but lost the recipe. I have a wedding coming up in August and want to make rose petal purses with small beads instead of rice bags. Anyone out there know the recipe for Rose Petal beads? I know you take the rose petals, put them in a food processor and add flour (I think), water, and another ingredient, mix well, spread out and roll up bead and push florists wire through until dry, then string. I just need the...

    Rose Petal Beads.

    Q: I have countless recipes for rose petal beads which yield a dull ebony bead. My Aunt purchased a rose petal bead rosary in Spain in the 1970's. It is a soft red color and to this day, still smells like roses and is still somewhat oily to the touch. She said the shop keeper told her not to get the beads wet or they would come unfurled. Does anyone know how these beads are made?A: Back issues of 'The Herb Companion' have recipies for these beads. Many herb-related sites probably do, too, but as I...

    Selling Finished Jewelry On Auction?

    Q: I know I'm not alone here ~ I've heard other beadworkers say that online auctions are just not the best forum for finished work, but I do see a FEW beaders having some success selling on 'eBay'. So, how do you all do it? Do you list your jewelry at rock-bottom prices to give bidders an incentive? If so, does the bidding go high enough to make it worth your time? Do you "brag it up" real good? Does the category you list in seem to make a difference? Any input would be appreciated!A: I've had the same...

    SF Bay Area Bead Stores.

    Q: I will be in San Francisco 11/12/17 and plan to go to 'Lacis' and 'General Bead'. I would appreciate any suggestions of other bead stores to visit while I am there.A: Global Beads in 'Mountain View' is fun, for beads in a variety of natural materials. 'Rising Arrow' in Sunnyvale is great for its seed bead varieties, and I think 'Gemboro' in Palo Alto is having a clearance sale - they mostly have semi-precious stone beads. Although perhaps these are too far south for you. Do you know of any good shows or shops south of the...

    Short Needles And Leather Beading.

    Q: I wouldn't be surprised if 'Sandi Graves' at 'Stormcloud Trading' in Minneapolis carries them. I don't have her number handy, but her ads are in 'Beadwork' and 'B&B'.A: Unfortunately, I don't know of any supplier who at the moment carries the 13 shorts. I have a small stash that I've used sparingly for the last year because I can't find a supplier. I was only able to get 10 at the time. You CAN use the long 13s, but they WILL bend. I use a hemostat to pull it through to try to keep...

    'Soft-Touch' (Hey Becki!).

    Q: Becki, I've read how you like 'Soft-Touch' and the review of it in one of the bead magazines was excellent. The review says it lies flat and straight, and drapes nicely. Well, the 30ft spool of it I got pretty soon after it first came out has given me nothing but trouble. It curls like it's been coiled around a pencil and I have not been able to use it despite my efforts. I remember reading a rumor somewhere on the net awhile ago that there were problems with some of the 'Soft-Touch'. I...

    Software.

    Q: I would like to know if is there any specific software for beadcraft design.A: I'm a software engineer (still have another year in school), and would be interested in what you would be looking for in a software tool for your use. My wife has recently tried her hand at making jewelry with beads, and now thinks this is what she wants to do with her life. Anyway, you and anyone else out there looking for this type of software, E-mail me with a wish list, and I'll see if I can come up with something if it looks...

    Source for Blue Tiger Eye?

    Q: I've never seen it in bead form, but have conceived a great desire for a blue tiger eye necklace. Do such beads exist? Are they very much more expensive than the ordinary brown stuff? Are they something synthetic?A: It's called chatoyancy, caused by parallel alignment of inclusions inside the stone. Tiger eye is actually quartz. When gray or green it's called cat's eye, when blue/gray or blue it's called hawk's eye, when brown, it's tiger's eye, and a mahogany color makes it bull's eye or ox eye. You might like labradorite, it has a dichroic effect...

    Stinging Beads.

    Q: I do lampwork, but am new to making jewelery and just made my first necklace. I used some of my lampwork and some bought spacer glass beads (larger than seed beads - round and diamond shapes). For stringing, I used bead thread ('Nymo?'), but now I'm wondering if I should have used something better. I read somewhere about how some beads can cut the thread. I know this thread is really strong, but can glass beads wear through it.A: I string a lot of lampwork, too, and since the holes can be rough and eventually...

    Struggling Beginner - Beaded Bracelets.

    Q: New to newsgroups - new to beading! Please can anyone help. I am following a pattern and once I have done two rows, they seem to form themselves into a circle. I cannot get the rows to sit parallel to each other. Can anyone please tell me where I am going wrong?A: L.., are you doing peyote stitch? If so, you have to remember that the beads you string on equal the first two rows, not one row. Just a shot in the dark... I know, because one of my first attempts on my...

    Suggestions?

    Q: I have just started using hanks of beads rather than loose. They inspire my creativity a lot more, and I like laying them out to see how the colours work together. I am wondering if anyone has any clever ideas for storing the hanks (preferably something that would enable me to access them easily and would go on the wall or stand up). My cousin suggested pins in a cork bulletin board, which I think is a great idea. Also, while I am posting, does anyone have any tips on selecting beads for projects. Where/how...

    Supplies For Making Jewelry.

    Q: I'm a relatively new lampworker, and would like to start making some of my beads into jewelry. I've been doing stained glass, painted glass, and fusing for a while, so this is just another facet (pardon my pun!) to my glass addiction. I just got a 'Fire Moutain' catalog, and I'm totally overwhelmed. Can someone give me a basic list of things I need to start?A: I know I am going to want spacer beads and seed beads, but will probably wait on ordering any 'til I know exactly what color I want for a...

    Support Your Local Bead Store.

    Q: I am a small, but well stocked bead store with a reminder to all of you that are lucky enough to have a bead store in your area. The huge bead stores are great, but they are becoming the 'Wal-Marts' of the bead world. Every time you buy your beads from an out-of-town source you make it that much harder for a small shop to stay in business, and I have seen this happen many, many times lately. It breaks my heart when I spend endless hours stocking, packaging, and working on adding a new line of...

    Swarovski's.

    Q: I'm looking for a good source for 'Swarovski' crystals, especially unusual cuts or colors. I've checked out 'Purple Finch' and bought some things from them. We currently pay about 5.5 cents per bead for 4mm, which is better than 'Fire Mountain', 'Shipwreck', or 'Rio Grande'. Can anyone recommend a site where we could get even better pricing?A: If you can get 'em! So many places are sold out of the best colours because of this power bracelet fad. Spoils it for us day-in-day-out- beaders. Could you give me the above company's URL? I tried www.purplefinch.com, but...

    'Swarovsky's': Quartz Or Glass?

    Q: Being new to beading, I'm not sure which beads are quartz and which are glass. I had a customer a while back back out of a custom piece that I had ordered some crystal beads for. I recently decided to use them on a different project. I know they are 'Swarovskys', paid about $7 for a pack of 100 4mm from 'Fire Mountain'....so are they glass or quartz? Secondly, does 'Swarovsky' produce both glass & quartz beads, or just one type? Third, if 'Swarovsky' produces both, any good beginner tricks to differentiate the two? and Fourth,...

    Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater.

    Q: I am traveling in this area 2/25 through 3/5. Any good bead/craft stores or shows I should not miss?A: Check out 'Bead Fairies'' Site http://members.home.net/sdsantan/beadfairies.html There is a listing of Florida that you may want to go through. About 1 & 1/2 hours (travel time) east of Tampa is a store in Orlando called 'The Bead Bar'. It has very nice selection of the unusual, vintage swarovski, findings in plate, precious metals, semi-precious bead strands, etc. The store does stock some seed beads ('Delicas', very little Czech), but not a substantial amount. Classes are taught at the store...

    Thanks, And I Have Another Question...

    Q: It's not neccesary for me to get one, thanks Holly for the info. I need to buy alphabet beads, ceramic ones, and plastic. Does anyone know of a good online bead store that sells them for retail?A: Check with 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 Very nice people to deal with and they have operators on-line 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you need special information, call during regular...

    'The BeadAholic Quarterly' Online.

    Q: 'The BeadAholic Quarterly', a newsletter for beaders, has been in publication since March. It has been sent to subscribers all over the U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and England. The hard copy is still available, but there is a subscription fee.A: Ah yes, in good old tripod, the location I love to hate. After 10 minutes of ads, 20 minutes of misdirection, and 40 "cookies", I start "Xing out" all those screens and find what I initially wanted hidden underneath. By then, I'm too angry to care, and "X" it out, too! Huh? I...

    Thread Heaven Substitute!!!

    Q: Here's a little discovery I made the other day after hubby's snoring drove me nuts and robbed me of sleep (hey, I might call myself a "creative insomniac", but the beading juices just weren't flowing that night, I was grumpy and mad!! LOL).A: So, I went out to buy some Silicone Earplugs, and looking at the stuff, I noted a remarkable similarity in texture to 'Thread Heaven'(TM). So, the next day I tried it on my beading thread, and BINGO, it worked just as well! So, I ditched my very old and dirty lump of 'Thread Heaven'...

    'Toho Triangles'.

    Q: I recently saw a sample of these, and just had to ask.... what the heck is does one do with "triangle" beads??!! Also, Czech micros...I know they are quite a bit smaller than 'Delicas', but are they as precise, and if I made a 1 inch wide peyote 'Delica' piece, how much smaller would a one inch wide czech micro piece be? Are they not desirable for such use because of their size?A: I have strung black shiney ones on wire and knitted a bag with them. They look really cool, and give a lot of...

    Twisting Multi-Strands.

    Q: Hi, I'm trying to make a 3-strand necklace for a Christmas gift, duplicating a necklace I bought. The strands are spiraled. I got the strands beaded, but I don't know how to spiral it. I tried just twisting, but it immediately untwists, even when the ends are knotted together. There must be a trick to it, got any ideas?A: I don't know how you are ending this necklace, but I do recognize the problem! You might try braiding instead - waaay back in 'B&B', there were instructions on braiding strands already attached at both ends. ...

    Tying Two Threads Together?

    Q: I am very new at beading, and I started to do what I guess you would call a "Victorian Weave." I had a long thread to start out with, and didn't know if I would like the look, but I really do, and now I am going to run out of my length of thread. What I need to know is, is it kosher to tie another thread to it so I can continue? It's really a lot of work, and I really like it, so I would like to continue on. Do I knot...

    Uneven Flat Peyote Question.

    Q: I really need some help here. I have charted out a flat peyote necklace. The main part of the necklace charted out at 67 beads across, and 126 rows down. The strap sort of melts into the main part of the necklace, meaning the design continues into the necklace part.A: Being uneven, peyote is a challenge I know, but I don't really mind the jog at the end of every other row. Starting the danged thing is the real challenge. In the past, I would find an area of 3 rows of solid color and bead...

    Using Charms.

    Q: Does anybody have any ideas or examples for creative things to make with charms? I would like to stay away from a conventional charm bracelet, and maybe incorporate some beads into the design. I might try a necklace.A: This may be a bit farfetched, but what would happen if charms were dangled from buttons down the front of a blouse, etc.? A very simple, but rich looking button with a tiny chain, or link with the charm on it. Oh well...just a thought! I just finished making myself a nametag in flat, even count peyote. The...

    Using 'Stretch Magic'.

    Q: Is there a way to tie off a bracelet using 'Stretch Magic' so that the knots are bumpy, and so that they stay secure?A: If the knot was too big to fit inside a bead hole (after gluing), I'd use a crimp instead of tying. Now, I'm using 0.7mm 'Opelon' elastic. It's a little more expensive than 'Stretch Magic', but I'm getting much better results with it. It makes a nice, tight little knot that doesn't slip apart the way 'Stretch Magic' does. Hi, I absolutely love the 'Opelon'! Yes it is more expensive than the...

    Using Vintage Beads.

    Q: Are there any legal problems associated with using beads from old jewelry and remodeling and selling? Like, if I buy old necklaces at yard sales and make new ones, are they considering my creations, or not?A: Sure they are..... In fact, many artists do exactly that and then remarket the earrings, bracelets, or necklaces as 50 year old creations. I'm not really fond of breaking up old beaded artifacts, but that's just a personal feeling. It is a shame to leave a lovely grouping of beads just laying around in a drawer instead of reusing the beads for...

    Very Tiny Ornaments.

    Q: Does anybody have any ideas on what I can do to make REALLY tiny christmas ornaments? I mean, for a 12" tree. I was thinking of putting single glass beads on headpins and making a hook out of wire. I don't really know how I'd make the hook. I might use plain earring hooks.A: You can make mini-snowmen. Different-sized round pearl beads for body, black sequin and seed bead for hat. Jack in the box, soldiers (square bead for body, seed beads for head and legs). You can use head pins to string them on...

    Want Beading Pal.

    Q: I have just recently started to bead & would like to corresond with other beaders. I would also like to share tips like: What is the best place to purchase supplies, where to find patterns, etc.A: Well, this newsgroup is one good source for that. Another is the 'BeadTalk' mailing list - fair warning though, we're a chatty bunch, so be prepared to get lots of E-mails if you join up! Tell 'em Banshee sent you! Anyway, if you're interested, you can sign up from this website: http://lyris.quiltropolis.com/scripts/lyris.pl?enter=beadtalk I've been beading for about 6 months now, and I...

    Watch Components Needed.

    Q: I am learning how to make beaded watch bands, and then attach them to a watch, but was wondering what places sell just the individual watch with no band attached! Any suggestions?A: 'Thunderbird Supply Co.' in Albuquerque sells watches like this. (505)884-7770 . Almost all 'wholesale' jewelers carry watches without bands: 'Rio Grande', and 'Fire Mountain' are two.... I am also looking for new watch components. At the moment, I am importing from 'Watch Us' in Connecticut...

    What bead loom do you use?

    Q: I'm thinking of purchasing a bead loom and would like to hear what other people on this list think of their bead looms? I've done mostly off-loom techniques with beads - brick and peyote stitches. I've done beadweaving on a little metal beginner loom, but would like a wider loom, with more control over warp tension, etc.A: There is a most wonderful company in England called "Mad about Beads" who make bead looms to any size, to your specifications, and they are the best looms I've ever used. If you want the address I'd be glad to...

    Where.....?

    Q: Where did the people in this group learn to do their beading? Were you self taught from a book, or did you take classes? I am trying to teach myself. I've been visiting your sites and looking at your 'eBay' items and I am so impressed with your beautiful work! Do you think it's possible to learn from a book?A: I think it's possible to learn the basics from a book, but getting together with other beaders is where you will learn the tips and tricks that will help you refine your abilities. What I...

    Wholesale Pricing.

    Q: I have a dilemma. I make fused dichroic glass beads/pendants. I've often been asked for wholesale pricing, and I just can't seem to come up with a wholesale pricing schedule. I've sort of flip-flopped around, but I think I need to set some prices and stick with them. I've had some people think my pricing was good, and others say I'm not competitive. I refuse go below a certain price. I'd like to know what the rest of you beadmakers do. Do you set your wholesale at about 1/2 of what you...

    Working With Chain.

    Q: I would like to start using chain in my beaded necklace projects, but know very little about how this is done. What size chain do I use? Does the chain actually go through the bead, or do I use an eye pin and attach the whole thing that way? I am thinking of the Y necklaces where there is some chain, then some beads, then chain, then more beads, sort of alternating. Also, in my choker projects, I would like to start using chain closures, as I see this as the easy way to make the...

    WWW.BEADESCAPE.COM

    Q: This is a new site that has handmade beaded jewelry. http://www.beadescape.com/A: While I wouldn't have put it this harshly, Laura has a point - if I had to download some software every time I wanted to view a site, I would run out of space in no time (not everyone has a 2 gig drive, y'know!). I also have a policy of not tacking things into my system that I am not familar with - nobody's site is gorgeous enough to risk operating glitches, or even corrupted files! I think you a doing YOURSELF a major disservice with this...