Wholesale Beads

    124 Strands Of Size 11/0s.

    Q: I sell most of my beads by auction, but I have had someone approach me directly. He wants me to quote my best price on 1 strand of each colour of my Czech size 11/0's. I don't have all the colours in stock at the moment, and don't really want to buy 100 bags of beads, just to sell 1 hank out of each bag, even though I know all of them will sell sooner or later. Would anyone else be interested in buying 124 hanks of size 11/0s? If so, E-mail me for a list of the colours...

    1.5mm Semi-Precious Round Beads Wanted.

    Q: I'm looking for 1.5mm round beads of semi-precious stones, specifically garnet, tourmaline, and sodalite. I've found plenty of 2mm beads, but they really have to be smaller, as they are peyoted with delicas (for 'Ann Paxton's' Spring & Santa, and other projects). I am willing to buy whole strands.A: I just wanted to thank Suzanne for the HUGE list - I'm slowly working through them, which is a bit of a chore for me, as my husband works nights and we're never up during business hours to call the suppliers!!! The list is a great resource...

    Advice On Ceramic Beads.

    Q: Hey take a pic and try them on auction... maybe as a "close out" or a grab bag type thing. Who knows? It may get lots of action. They sound like ethnic beads, putting "ethnic" in the title (if you think that applies) may be a good sales point.A: I have a whole box of ceramic beads which I made several years ago. They were produced for an order that was canceled. There are animal shapes, 'Easter Island'-type faces, heart shaped, round decorated, three hole stations, centerpieces, etc. Most are unglazed off-white stoneware with rust colored...

    And More Beads.

    Q: I find that as more people know I am a beader, I get more interesting gifts. While in Julian, CA, I noted a string of handmade paper beads. When I mentioned it to the woman at the booth, she gave them to me because I was the only person who seemed to know what they were. My husband's new boss now has gifted me with some religious beads from his homeland (Bombay, India). They are extremely tiny, and I am wondering if anyone has any ideas of the significance. I have sent an E-mail...

    Are Any Beaders Also 'HAM' Radio Operators?

    Q: I have a customer in Ohio that just asked me if I knew of any Beaders that are also 'HAM' radio operators (she is a beader and 'HAM' radio operator). She does not own a computer, but wanted some people to talk to about beading. I suggested that she write to all the 'Bead Societies' asking this question, and possibly she could get in the 'IGB' or 'Ren' Bead show flyers with this announcement for free, or worst case scenario, she could take out an advertistment in these publications, or the magazines.A: She is in a town...

    Artistic Wire-Stuff.

    Q: That really was my point exactly! I've got the coiling part down pat, but how do go from a narrow end, gradually get bigger in the middle, and then pare down again. Is there a cone-shaped bead inside?A: I have been working with the twist and curl and for small projects, it is great. However, for larger projects, it is hard to get the volume you need. Before spending all the cash on the coiling gizmo, look very carefully at what they are made of. I went to the hardware store, bought a hand-held drill,...

    Attention All Lampworkers.

    Q: I am interested in lampworking. Could you recommend some books on lampworking? What basic equipment do you need to get started? What are some good mail-order sources for supplies and equipment? I live in Omaha NE. There is one rock shop here, and no beading stores.A: 'Lark Books' has a beginners kit that includes torch, tools, protective glasses, glass, and a book that you might consider. The best book for beginners is 'MAKING GLASS BEADS'. This has photos of beads made by the BEST beadmakers in the U.S., and it has good beginning, step...

    Beaded Doilys.

    Q: Anyone know of any online patterns for one of these?A: You know, I've seen tons of these, and I'm beginning to think that you could use any doily pattern. Just string your beads on first, then when you come to a spot that could use a few, work them into your stitch. Let me know if anyone finds out different. Of course, you could adapt most any pattern. Look for ones with some "open" space for the beads to end up in. Typical ones I have are pineapples w/ beads worked in the SC where the chain...

    Beaded Flowers On Thread, Not Wire???

    Q: I'm looking for books or instructions for three-dimensional beaded flowers which use thread, not wire. I'm sure I can alter some of the wire patterns for my needs, but there must be thread patterns out there, too.A: There are a couple such projects at beadwork.about.com - 'Daffodil', 'Wisteria', 'Iris', maybe others. Just search the 'projects' index. Check the 'Lark Books' site - I believe they had some Japanese Beading books available. http://www.larkbooks.com The link provided to about.com was a good one, but I'm really looking for a more 3-D, less peyote-stitch type of thing, like they...

    Beaded Purse Patterns

    Q: I am in love with antique beaded purses. I am looking for a source of patterns for loomed or peyote stitch purses which will fit onto a frame such as those from 'The Bag Lady'. All I have been able to find are knitted patterns and I do not knit.A: If you want to loom them you should be able to just loom off of the knitting patterns. I would recommend considering learning to knit. I didn't know how to knit but learned specifically to try one of these. I learned using Alice Korach's instructions...

    Beaded Purses.

    Q: I am looking for suppliers for making beaded purses, i.e., patterns, clasps, chain, beads, etc. The type of bag that I want to make would be like an evening bag, made with small beads.A: A good place to start is 'The Bag Lady Press' homepage: www.baglady.com. There are very helpful discussions of bead knittng vs. beaded knitting, in addition to the supplies you're looking for. I can supply the materials for a new style of beaded knitted purses I'm designing. Do any of these appeal to you? http://members.tripod.com/~sbaggett/redpurse.jpg http://members.tripod.com/~sbaggett/purse.jpg ...

    Bead Graphing Sotware And Peyote Graphs.

    Q: What exactly do you mean by the "rows pulled apart". I write freeware software, and I might be interested in adding it to my software if you could explain it a little more clearly than your webpage does.A: I have a question for those of you who have trouble reading peyote graphs and who use beading software (or are interested in using beading software). Some of you may have seen my 'Easy To Bead' peyote graph paper. If not, go to http://members.aol.com/EasyToBead/catalog.html and check out the three different sizes. It shows each row "pulled apart"...

    Beading A Dress Question.

    Q: Can anyone give me a couple of tips on beading a dress? I an actually overbeading I think. I embroider a design and then add beads as needed. My questions are: How do I get seed beads to lay flat so that the whole does not show? Mine sometimes fall over so you can see the whole thing. Second question, which thread do you recommend? Should I just use one that matches the fabric or color, or do I use a regular beading thread?A: If you overbead, the material will pucker, and rip. My...

    Beading Wire.

    Q: I have a question. I hear about several kinds of beading wire products such as 'Soft Flex', 'Beadalon', 'Accu-Flex', 'C-Flex'...etc. I guess my question is: "Are they all same (or close enough )?" I would apreciate if you could share your experience with those wires.A: I think 'Soft Flex' (particularly their new 'Soft Touch') is superior to the others. The 'Soft Flex' products are kink-less, and can be knotted. You pay more for it, though. Most people here would agree w/ Marilee - 'Soft Flex' is worth the price. I do know...

    Bead Shops In Vegas.

    Q: Does anyone know of any bead shops in Las Vegas? Thanks in advance!A: Yes, I live in Vegas.... there are a few: 'Beads Plus', 'Sahara & Decatur', 'Beads and Findings', 'Decatur', 'Flamingo Beads and Things', 'Sahara and Rainbow', 'Love r Beads', 'Flamingo and Rainbow' and 'Williams Costume' on 3rd Place near Charleston. They are all different .....'Czech Beads' are the best prices @ Williams, and they have a lot of stuff the others don't have. You're on your own, though if you have questions about the modern kind of beading we all mostly do... it is kinda old fashioned...

    Bead Shows?

    Q: Where are these bead shows everyone talks about? I am from South Central PA, and cannot even find a 'Bead Society' around here! Is there a site that tells where bead shows are across the country? I'd love to go to one and would travel, if the distance wasn't too far (well actually, I'd make my husband drive me)!A: Get a copy of 'Lapidary Journal' - they list most of the bead shows. There are large bead shows sponsored by the 'International Gem and Jewelry Shows' at the convention center in 'King of Prussia' twice a...

    Beads Of Course!

    Q: I have a webpage now, with my seed beaded jewelry! I do some three dimensional work that I made up my self. I would really like other beaders to see it. I'm at http://www.triax.com/~dragonfa/cover.htmA: You have a great site, and are a truly talented person! I absolutely love your hummingbird & eagle designs - very unusual. You should be proud of yourself! Your work looks great, but you are giving it away. You deserve to be paid more for skilled work than is paid for working at 'Mickey D's'. Why do you...

    Beads On The 'Net.

    Q: I'm finally on the 'net with some of my beads. I'm in the 'Perpetual Bead Show' at the 'Bead Bugle'.A: Well, I took a class offered by a local glass store going on four ears ago. Prior to lampworking, I did stained glass, so I was already interested in glass crafts. It's not too expensive to get started - probably around $150 or so if you start with a basic 'Hot Head' torch. I'd also recommend taking a class from a real live person to learn the basics. Videos are OK if you have no choice, but it's a...

    Bead Stringing Machine?

    Q: Were people here talking about a bead stringing machine, and if so, where can I get one? Does it work with all sizes of beads i.e. Czech beads from size 2/0 to 11/0?A: You are looking for 'The Bead Spinner'. I've used it with size 6 through 11 with no problems - as long as the hole of the bead isn't clogged or too small to fit over the wire. It is a smallish (holds a hank?) spinning wooden bowl and a curved needle. The centrifugal force pushes the beads up the needle. They cost...

    Beginning Stringing.

    Q: I've recently taken up lampworking, and now that my beads are actually good enough to do something with, I want to learn about stringing. Are there any good books out there to explain stringing, findings, etc.? The bead shop where I took the lampworking class is about an hour away, so I don't get down there much, but would I be better off going back and getting them to help me?A: IMO, the best all-around beginner book is 'Carol Taylor's' (I don't remember the exact title as my copy is loaned out at the moment!) It...

    Best Price For 'Soft-Flex' Wire?

    Q: Can anyone tell me where to best online price for 'Soft-Flex' wire is? I found 100' of .014 for $23.25. They are out of stock currently, and I need it now.A: I would also recommend going directly through the 'Soft-Flex' online catalog to get the best prices and service. I get all of my products through them and the service and quality are always great. They are very helpful with any questions you may have about a project or a product that they carry. I don't normally quote prices without a specific request for them,...

    Building A Stash?

    Q: What is the best way to build up a stash? I find that when I go into a bead store, I'm so overwhelmed that I usually wind up buying one or two things, and usually only in the colors I like. I'm thinking of starting tosell work, and I know I will need other colors and styles of beads.A: I say this for your own good, to save you the "heartache" I've known... Stop before you, too, become addicted to the shiny devils we call "beads". If you proceed on your current path, soon every inch of...

    "Cat Pattern".

    Q: There is a pattern I am searching for that has numerous cats on a amulet bag, with each being a different color. Who is the designer?A: Who is the designer? I believe the one you are looking for is by 'Connie' who is on this list... Wonderful pattern! You may be referring to my Amulet titled: "Cats of Many Colors". It has 13 cats that wrap around the bag. Go and look, it is in this guest gallery: http://www.geocities.com/~anniebee/cwelch.html I'm pretty sure the one you are looking for is by 'Suzanne Cooper'; check her website (www.suzannecooper.com) or 'Etcetera',...

    "Cat's Eye" Beads - Help Please.

    Q: Hi, i'm new here and I hoped that someone here might be kind enough to point me in the right direction if they can help, I would really love some 'Cat's Eye' [fibre optic} beads in pale green, blue, beige, and pink. Could anyone let me know if they have any ideas of where? I have searched a few online stores and auctions, and no luck, except for already strung power bracelets/necklace/etc.A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon has a very nice selection. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 You can call for...

    'Cinnabar' Bead Source.

    Q: I'm looking for a source for 'Cinnabar' (and here, I'm talking about the lacquered wood) beads; online would be great, but I'd be happy to get a catalog, too. I'm especially interested in different shapes and colors (black, cream, etc.); while I do like the 15mm red rounds, I'd like to see what else is out there. I don't want to wait around for someone to list things on eBay or any of the other auction sites.A: I talked with 'Fire Mountain Gems' and they don't know what the beads are actually made of...*sigh*. They say...

    'Cloisonne' Beads.

    Q: Looking for the best (economically) supplier of 20mm 'Cloisonne' beads.A: Try caravanbeads.com (800-230-8941). They have a nice variety of 'Cloisonne' with tier pricing, so you can get them wholesale or retail. 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon has a great selection. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 They are great people to do business with. Here are a few sources: 'Creative Connections Imports' 20 R Summit Grove Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 215-527-5266/fax 215-565-2529 'Milky Way Int'l Enterprise Ltd' Fax:852-2338 7669 'Stone International' ...

    Crimping beads.

    Q: I am making a necklace for my Step-mom for Mothers Day and this is the first time I used tigers tail and I can't figure out how to use the crimping beads to close the clasp together. Can anyone out there help me?A: I have used needle nose pliers in the past and found that the acculon slips. You are going to have to break down and purchase a crimping tool from your local bead store. They run @ $13.95 and work great. There are instructions included but just to let you know, there are...

    Czech (Or Other) 'Matte' Finish Beads?

    Q: I am not sure if I'm going to describe these correctly, but...I've been looking for some beads that look like the Czech faceted beads (like the ones shown in the front of 'Fire Mountain's' catalog, if that helps), except with a 'Matte' finish. I've looked in all the catalogs I have, and on several websites that I know of, and haven't had any luck.A: There happened to be a couple thrown in an assortment I received recently...but naturally, I can't recreate where the heck I got the assortment from (been a bead buyin' fool lately). ;) In case...

    Disappointed In My 'Delicas'.

    Q: I was trying to make the snowmen from the Dec. issue of 'Jewelry Crafts'. I purchased 'Delicas' because of their uniformity. The problem??? My 'Delicas' don't seem to be very uniform. Has anyone tried this pattern? I really don't believe the problem lies in my thread tension. Shouldn't 'Delicas' just lay together nicely? I'm really frustrated. I wanted to give these as X-mas gifts, but who wants lumpy snowmen?? What should I do now?A: Are you sure you really have 'Delicas'? Some retailers don't label their beads properly, and although 'Delicas' are more uniform than a lot of...

    Display Techniques

    Q: I'm interested in getting some advice on display techniques for earrings and necklaces for shows. My jewelry is made of natural materials, glass, Peruvian beads, semi-precious beads. I would like to begin selling what I make and I would appreciate any tips on the best way to begin.A: Also, how about display ideas for craft malls. The jewellery will be unattended so sercurity is a problem. One way for shows, is to cover a large plywood sheet with cotton batting and velvet or other soft material. A solid, dark color won't interfer with the jewellery. ...

    Drill Holes In Sea Glass?

    Q: I have a bag of sea glass pieces that would make a beautiful decorative half-curtain over my patio door. The problem is, I need a hole in the top and bottom through which to string the line to hang them on. I pulled out my old variable speed 'Dremel', but the two tips I found that might have done something did nothing - one made a bit of a hole when I pushed hard enough to heat it to glowing. I only need a small hole, and I need something that won't crack along the length of the glass...

    Dutch Spiral Necklace.

    Q: I recently learned how to do a Dutch spiral necklace, and I am working on my first one. Has anyone else done one of these, and if so, what did you use for the ends of the necklace (the parts on each side after the spiral)...bigger beads, or some sort of beaded rope?A: I used both methods. The peyote rope looks nicer but takes longer to do than the entire spiral part. Strung beaded necklaces work well. Check out the miningco.com site. There is a spiral necklace there under past features that uses 'Emily Hackbarth's' cool method for...

    E-Beads. Other Options?

    Q: I am working on a new project and started to use some "E" beads I had on hand from a local craft store. Unfortunately, they won't work for this project cuz the sizes are so inconsistent. I know I've seen folks talk about size consistency before, but can't recall if it's only the 'Miyuki'/'Delicas' that are consistent...or are Czech beads fairly consistent also? They don't need to be "exactly" the same...just pretty close.A: Also...I've never used 'Miyuki'/'Delica' or small Czech beads...could anyone tell me what the size of each of those would be (of the same approximate...

    'Earring Parts Supplier'.

    Q: I'm not looking to pay big money for quality components, yet since I'm just trying my hand at earrings for the first time, is this a good store to buy from over the net, or is there a site that is far and beyond the Superstore for crafts supplies?A: "SS" usually means 'Sterling Silver', and "GF" usually means 'Gold Filled'. These are better quality findings, that you will have to order or find at a local bead-store. I think each of us has a favorite supplier or three. I have a fairly large list of suppliers of beads...

    'Earthly Treasures Contemporary Beadwork'.

    Q: I've heard that there is a craft and gift show at the Santa Fe casino in Las Vegas on November 28, featuring the work of this company, 'Earthly Treasures'. Does anyone know who they are and if it would be worth the trip to see their work. I've heard they are pretty different...A: I live, craft, and sell in Las Vegas myself. I have a jewelry line that I call 'Earthly Treasures', but my company name is 'Jenn's Gems'. I work mainly with gemstones. I'll be at Cashman Field that same Thanksgiving weekend. I...

    Embellishment Classes.

    Q: Does anyone know who will be teaching at 'Embellishment' this year?A: I received notice of my class at least one month, or more ago. I am happy to hear 'Suzanne Cooper' and 'Cynthina Rutledge' are both teaching. I will be teaching on Thursday, July 15, so be prepared. Classes start on Thursday this year! I will be teaching my 'Cabochon Jewelry' class all day. What is 'Suzanne' and/or 'Cynthia' teaching? Who else is teaching? Let us know. I am dying to be the student for most of the weekend....

    Engraved Beads? Possible? Info Needed.

    Q: I'm looking into having a bead bracelet made, but I want something engraved into the beads. I have been searching around for someone who can do this, but have had reletively little success. I'm thinking either crystal or hermatite beads, is it possible to engrave something in them somehow, or maybe they would have to be engraved at the time they are made?A: Engraving on gemstone beads would be possible. You would need to find someone who is a lapidary, who knows how to carve crystals to do it. I do have a jadite donut engraved...

    'Fire Mountain Gems'.

    Q: Does anyone have the snail mail address for 'Fire Mountain Gems', and what is the cost of their catalog? I had the info...but crashed!A: By using their website, I think you get the catolog for free, if not, it's 3 dollars. I am sadden by their price hike, and reduction in quantity. I am now searching for other suppliers, putting up the price can be acceptable, but to reduce the quantity at the same time, is just plain greedy. 'FIRE MOUNTAIN GEMS' 28195 Redwood Highway, Cave Junction, Oregon 97523-9304 Phone:[800] 423-2319 I don't remember the cost...

    Fossil Beads

    Q: Does anyone know where I can find a good source for fossil beads? I've ordered some from South Pacific Wholesale Co. I love them and the company, but they only carry ten colors of the beads. I know Bead Boppers also sells them, but theirs seem rather expensive.A: If you like the price and want more colors, you could get beads of the basic natural color and dye it to whatever shade you want. You could probably use fabric dyes, because the fossil material is basically a porous limestone. One of the problems with dyed...

    Fusing Elastic Cord.

    Q: I've purchased some of the clear elastic cord for making bracelets. I understand it can be fused, but I've tried heating it, and it melts everything instantly. Is there some trick to fusing ends so you have a continuous strand?A: I have worked with the clear elastic and found that the flame of a lighter would fuse the knot. Another person said she heated up her curling iron, and set the knot on it to fuse it. I have not tried that technique myself, but it sounds like it should work great. Oh wait, you're...

    'Gick' Beads.

    Q: I began a bracelet using some 'Gick' beads I had laying around (not the greatest of beads, but I liked the color). Unfortunately, I do not have enough of them to finish the bracelet, and have been unable to match them with another brand. They are 11/0 size, and the color is called "MardiGras #4-99". The problem I have is that the stores here that carry 'Gick' beads, are now carrying numbers beginning with 5- rather than the 4-. Does anyone know where I can write to 'Gick', or find these outdated beads, or perhaps...

    Glass Beads or "Dust"?

    Q: I'm looking for very small glass beads or even glass dust, if it exists.A: You will find that small glass particles are referred to as glass frit. Frit comes in three sizes: fine, regular, and coarse. I would only caution you about one thing; when working with glass frit always wear a respirator. Small glass particles that become airborne are very hazardous if inhaled, and will stay in your lungs. The only sure way to keep the dust to a minimum is to wet it down thoroughly. The smallest stuff I have found (aside...

    Gluing Knots.

    Q: Maybe someone out there can help me with this problem. I've been using superglue in the gel form to secure knots and loose ends in my beaded earrings. No matter how precise I try to be, I end up with a huge drop that spreads everywhere, and even with quick wiping, it sometimes spoils the rest of the earring.A: I've had a similar problem until I started using a toothpick to apply just the right amount of glue to exactly the area I wanted. Before I started doing this, I actually glued my fingers to an earring that I...

    Group bead order?

    Q: This sounds interesting, but call me gun shy. I've gotten scammed before and make it a policy not to send money to someone ahead of time with only the promise of merchandise to come. Please don't take this personally, I'm sure you are as honest as you sound. But think--how easy would it be for someone to make this offer and take off with the money?A: Actually, I'd like to find a group of people to do something like that on a fairly regular basis. We could compare prices in all the catalogs, look for good quantity discounts, and...

    Help With Children's Beading Classes

    Q: I've just been asked to do a seven-week beading course for children at a private school (an after school enrichment program.) While I've been teaching beading for 10 years, I teach to adults. I have a few projects I could come up with - a woven bracelet, illusion necklace, but I desperately need your help in thinking of some other kid-friendly beading/jewelry projects. The age range is 3rd through 6th grade.A: The children here are into little friendship bracelets with and without beads, and the little beady animals made with pony beads. Your class sounds fun. Wish...

    How To Tie Off Elastic.

    Q: I just made a bracelet with red and black horn pipe beads. What cool beads! I love them, they're so rustic looking. Is there a good, safeproof way to tie off the elastic so I will not undo it? I was not able to go through the beads another time with the elastic.A: Okay, so maybe they're not such cool beads... my cat just attacked my wrist with his teeth going berserk over the horn beads. I know I shouldn't be laughing, but these posts are less than 10 minutes apart. Sorry, but I can...

    I Am Looking For A Source For Nickel-Free French Hooks.

    Q: I have a number of customers who want hypoallergenic nickel-free french hooks. They must have no nickle in them. I have been all over the internet trying to get them, and have had no luck. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.A: You should be able to use Niobium or Gold-Filled for sure, and 99.5% of my customers have no problem with Sterling. I've also seen surgical steel-french hooks. Most jewelry suppliers carry Surgical steel, gold-filled, & Sterling, and I get my 'Niobium' wires from Reactive Metals http://www.reactivemetals.com. The great...

    I Need The Basics On Sringing Beads, Please.

    Q: I'm a newbie that needs suggestions on what to use to string a necklace of recycled glass beads. The beads are as large as 12mm. The only necklaces I've made in the past were very lightweight freshwater pearl "illusion type". I used silk thread for that. I would appreciate any information you could provide on what materials to use when stringing necklaces. Is it just my imagination, or are there no standards for this? I've heard there is a new material out that was made of 49 strands of wire and was very...

    Instructional Video?

    Q: I have a friend in Ithaca, New York, who is interested in learning beading. Does anyone know of a good bead store in that area? Are there any classes where she could learn the basics? Lacking that, can anyone recommend a good basic instructional video (she feels she would learn better from a video than from a book).A: Well, I don't know which kind of beading you are referring to, but I have made a video called "Basic Wirework For Bead Jewelry Making" that is a companion to my book of the same title... It is...

    Jump Rings?

    Q: When you use a jump ring to attach something, do you do anything to the opening when you bend it closed so it doesn't open again? I read you can put a drop of nail polish on the slit. Does anyone do this, or do you just leave it as it is? Also, I got some, I believe they are called split rings, by mistake. They look like jump rings, but they go round and round like a key chain ring! How do you open these?A: Depending on what you're doing, you don't necessarily have to...

    Knotting Question.

    Q: I'm curious about people's preferences on knotting. Do you prefer double strand or single? What is your opinion of using a tricorder? I've recently learned to knot (recently introduced to beading; already completely addicted) and really enjoy it. While the knots have improved considerably, it's still very tough for me to get consistent knot size. So, I was considering a tricorder but can't find a way to determine the pros and cons.A: I absolutely love the tricord knotter. I use the German thread that comes in spools for knotting, and I always use a double thread unless I'm...

    Knotting 'Tigertail'?

    Q: 'Beadwork' magazine presents: "The Beader's Companion" by 'Judith Durant & Jean Campbell. To paraphase, this book states you cannot, and should not, knot 'Tigertail' in jewelry and expect it to hold beads (wear & tear, etc.). I'm new to beading, so I knew I would continuously learn. However, I have been using 'Tigertail' with light glass and medium-weight stone beads then knotting it 3x's to barrel clasps. I have also purchased crimp beads, but must admit my first pieces do not contain them. Do I have a disaster waiting to happen on my...

    Lampwork Question.

    Q: I've been using 'Cindy Jenkins'', "Making Glass Beads" to teach myself how to do lampwork. Lately, whenever I case my beads in clear glass, I end up with dark grey swirls throughout the case, basically ruining the bead. What causes this? Could it be my technique? I simply melt clear glass rod over the bead....I'm not really using one of 'Cindy's' techniques. Also, I always end up with similar grey swirls when using my graphite marvers. What am I doing wrong there? It seems as though the graphite is rubbing off of the pad, and onto the bead.A: The...

    Lettered Beads.

    Q: I'm looking for small white beads with lettering on them. Here's a link to what I'm looking for http://fetishwest.inetcam.com/adultbabies/images/Babythings/Bracelet.jpg I don't know what they're called, so I'm having a hard time searching for them on the net. Could someone please tell me where I can buy these?A: 'Fire Mountain' carries alphabet beads in white and sun-reactive plastics. I know I saw white glass ones somewhere recently - I think an online supplier. Try adding "glass" to your search for alphabet beads. The beads you are looking for are baby alphabet beads which we carry in glass...

    LOOKING FOR DARK CHAIN-ANY HELP?

    Q: I'm looking for a source for a dark, pewter colored chain. I want to make chain chokers and I like the way they look on the darker chain. Any ideas on how to find it?A: I don't know of a source myself, but let me pass on an idea someone gave me yesterday regarding something related -- plating! If you can't find anything pre-made, get the kind of chain you want in brass or other lower cost metal, then have it electroplated locally with whatever material they recommend that will give the effect you want! Electroplating sources...

    Magazine Beads.

    Q: I'm looking for a recipe to make beads out of magazines. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.A: Check out the August '98 issue of 'Bead and Button'. It has an article on "Papier Roule", with some pictures of earrings made with paper beads. There's also a book called 'Creative Beaded Jewelry' (or something like that) that has very detailed instructions for how to do the beads. If I run across it, I'll post the name of the book & the author for you. In Britain, that book was called 'Create your...

    Making Loops On Eyepins Or Headpins.

    Q: I've been making jewelry for a while and I still can't make an acceptable loop. Either my loops are different sizes (a problem when making earrings), or they turn out more "oval" than round. I'm bending the wire just above the bead so it's at a right-angle, then grasping the tip with round nose pliers and twisting my wrist to form the loop. I have tried every instruction that I can find, and have been practicing.A: Hmm... I've made a video called: "Basic Wirework for Bead Jewelry Making", and a book of the same title. ...

    Miracle Beads?

    Q: I'm debating moving away from glass for some of my designs and using the Japanese miracle beads. I have been doing some research and only come across a few places that carry them. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to stores/catalogs I'd be able to purchase them from on a wholesale basis and/or offer discounts for large quantities.A: 'Fire Mountain' carries "Wonder Beads", the less expensive (and decidedly lesser quality) version of 'Miracle Beads'. 'Wonder Beads' are made in Taiwan, and 'Miracle Beads' are made in Japan. For real 'Miracle Beads', 'Beyond Beadery' carries a great...

    Necklace And Bracelet Lengths.

    Q: As a newbie to the bead necklace-making scene (and thoroughly enjoying my new found hobby). Would you be so kind as to tell me what the standard lengths are that most people use when making necklaces and bracelets using 'Tiger Tail' wire?A: If I'm making a bracelet for a particular person, I'll ask them what length they want. Those I make for myself, are six inches without the clasp (skinny wrists here). If I'm just working on a piece, in general, I usually go with six and a half to seven inches. I've only done a...

    Necklace Disaster....

    Q: Think of anything (other than crochet cotton ;-) ) sized in numbers. Doesn't 'Nymo' come in 0 (zero) and 00 (double zero)?A: LOL You're right, it was size B 'Nymo'... must have been thinking about needle size. Well, the beads at the back were seeds and they're scattered all over, but you're probably right... I think I'm going to try the Soft-Flex. In a single strand? That WOULD be the problem. I rarely use B for anything that will be under any stress at all, only for something like tiny earrings, or something with multiple...

    Need Advice On Light And Magnification.

    Q: I am finding that my eyes are getting tired using my regular light and I have not used magnification so far, but am thinking I should look into either the magnifiers on stands or the visor-style magnifiers that jewelers wear. Any advice on this?A: I'm not familiar with the products you named. I sit at my drawing table equipped with a flourescent light with one cool bulb and one warm bulb. The combination gives a more natural light than using 2 cool flourescent bulbs and the greenish light they throw off! I also use a giant loupe...

    Needing Resources.

    Q: I am interested in doing fiber (tapestry) weaving incorporating beads into the weavings. Does anyone have any resources for this? I have been looking for months, and have not been able to locate any books, articles, etc. Any and all help would be appreciated.A: The best resource I know of for bead and fiber weaving is a book called "Beads and Threads: A New Technique for Fiber Jewelry", by 'Diane Fitzgerald' and 'Helen Banes' - ISBN 0-9620543-6-4. Even if one isn't particularly interested in fiber weaving, this book is a MUST HAVE. The...

    Need Instructions For Absolute Beginner.

    Q: I'm interested in amulet bags, and have very little experience with seed beading. The only thing I've done is 3-bead peyote stitch. Are there any good books, or instructional videos for a beginner?A: I learned from 'Beaded Amulet Purses' by "Nicolette Stessin" - it has very clear instructions for purses with a variety of stitches. For a more general book on off loom seed beading, try 'Creative Bead Weaving' by "Carol Wilcox Wells". If you are apt at following written instructions, you should be able to pick up the major stitches with these two books. "Carol Perrenoud" has an...

    New Beader.

    Q: I would add some thread heaven to the order and be sure you get a couple of different weights and colors of 'Nymo' or 'Soft-Flex'. Some bead tips will hide your crimp beads, and some boullion wire (gold or silver) will cover the exposed thread/soft-flex wire.A: Your list looks good to me. I just wanted to further encourage your decision to purchase a crimping tool. I love mine. I got an excellent price on it at that "dabeadbabe" site. I don't use barrel clasps because they come undone so easily. I make a lot...

    Newbie Intro.

    Q: If any of you get a chance, would you mind taking a look at it? I'm not trying to advertise here, because I figure most of you don't buy finished products, but I'm hoping that those of you who are pros at 'eBay' selling/buying would take a look at what I've put up and see if it looks okay, if I'm missing anything, if I'm doing something wrong, etc., I'd really appreciate it!A: Overall, it looked pretty good......but! The reserve pricing on the auction is a big negative. Most people won't even look when it lists a...

    Newbie Needs Resources.

    Q: On the topic of 'Vermeil', I have a customer who wants a 'Bali' silver look, but in gold. I spoke to the rep from 'Sinjara' (sp??) at the bead show yesterday, and he said their gold beads were "plated twice" w/ 22 KT. The color certainly bears out the 22 kt claim. These would have run about $1.50/gram, depending on qty. Anyone else have some good experiences to mention w/ Vermeil?A: I'm new to your newsgroup and just a few years new to beading. I was wondering if any of you had suggestions...

    Newbie Question.

    Q: I was wondering how you stretch silk thread/string/cord before you use it.A: Basically, you get it wet, then let it dry with a weight hanging from it to stretch it. For the silk thread that comes on cards, I just wet the thread, tie a small loop in one end and hang it from a coathook or doorknob, and put a hemostat (self-locking tweezers) on the other end to weight it and stretch it out, and let it dry well before I use it. The weight doesn't have to be very heavy - just enough to pull the thread...

    New 'Mill Hill' Beads?

    Q: I've heard that 'Mill Hill' is coming out with new cylindrical beads... sounds like 'Delicas'. Has anyone else heard of, or seen these?A: 'Mill Hill' petite beads are made by 'Miyuki', who also makes 'Delicas', so I'd guess that they are the 'Delicas'. I didn't see anything about 'Delicas' or new cylindrical beads on the 'Mill Hill' website, but their website is pretty weak. Actually I believe that 'Toho' makes the beads that 'Mill Hill' sells, the size 11's for sure. Not 'Miyuki'. So, I'm guessing the cylinder beads are from 'Toho' as well. I...

    New (Or Newer) Auction Sites.

    Q: What's wrong with 'eBay'? I like it there myself. I get a lot of bids, and a lot of business from 'eBay'. I don't expect anything for free, they have to make money too. I will check out 'Just Beads' though. I had never heard of these people until today on here. I am very comfortable at eBay with a few exceptions to some policies, but that goes with the territory...A: Let me know if you end up at 'AuctionAddict' or "Bid-whateveritwas". I went to both and visited. 'AuctionAddict' loaded faster on my older computer and seemed...

    New 'Soft Touch' Wire.

    Q: Just to add to the mystery around Illusion/microwire, I see my wholesaler has a new wire called 'Soft Touch'. It comes in 4 sizes, the smallest size .010" is excellent for work requiring peyote stitch, crocheting, or weaving. Has anyone tried this? Any experience?A: I haven't actually seen the 'SoftTouch(tm)' wire for sale yet, but plan on getting LOTS when I do find it. I love 'SoftFlex(tm)', but have longed for something thinner than the 0.14 diameter that I've been using, so I can make more passes through beads. I can't wait to actually...

    Obtaining Business License.

    Q: I am trying to decided if I should pursue a business license so that I can buy wholesale. I just started consigning my jewelry at a few boutiques. How costly is this to do, and how much of a hassle is it? What are the benefits? Drawbacks?A: You need to contact your Secretary of State to determine what kind of license you may need. Depending on what state you are in, a sales tax number may cost as much as $2.00 for a filing fee. If you are going to incorporate or register your business...

    OK, Does Anyone Here Sell To Bead Stores Or Catalogs?

    Q: I'm planning on doing at least one or two bead shows this year too; anyone have a fav? I'm on the East coast, but have been told that Tuscon (sp?) is the place to be... is this true? I also hear that the 'WholeBead Show' in NYC (which would be very convenient) is the pits... very expensive to do so not many vendors do it, thus not many buyers show. Does anyone have any feedback on this?A: I haven't been to the Providence show in years, but the last feedback I heard was not too positive - it sounds...

    Orlando/Tampa Bead Stores.

    Q: I am going to be visiting my Dad in the Orlando area at the end of the month - is there anyone who can tell me if there are any Orlando or Tampa bead stores that I shouldn't miss?A: My fav is 'The Bead Bar' in Orlando, 1319 Edgewater Dr. They have a good variety of beads, and their service is very pleasant. There are very few bead shops in Tampa that I like. We also have one in Lakeland, which is just between Orlando and Tampa. It's called 'Peace Creek'. Location: 222 E Pine St. downtown...

    Paper Bead Making.

    Q: I'm interested in learning all there is to know about all different kinds of paper bead making. Please help, and/or give me further direction on where to go to find out more.A: Get "Creating Extraordinary Beads From Ordinary Materials" by 'Tina Casey'. They have it at Amazon.com. I have a booklet all about it - but to send it to the USA would make it more expensive than it is here in England. If you feel like spending $5 on it (to include postage), E-mail me for my address. If anyone interested in paper bead making is in...

    Patterns.

    Q: I just received the bead loom, and want to make some braclets. I cannot find any sites that have a simple pattern to start with. Does anyone have any ideas where to look? I have tried www.37.com, and cannot find anything. Also, I would like to make single thread braclets for my 3 year old, does anyone have any ideas how?A: I would try 'Emily's' site at About.com (Http://www.beadwork.about.com) for links. Also, 'Mary Tafolya' has a good links page: (http://www.flash.net/~mjtafoya/) As for a bracelet for a 3 year old, I would hesitate to string a beaded...

    Pearl Knotting.

    Q: I'd like to learn pearl knotting, which I know can be done with pearls and other beads, but I don't know where to start. Other than taking local classes, are there any online websites or books that are good at describing how to learn this?A: I can recommend a great book and video specifically for pearl knotting: 'Pearl And Beadstringing With Henrietta'. The book has very clear illustrations, and also provides a wealth of information on all kinds of beadwork - making earrings, bracelets, turning a brooch into a pendant, making tassels, etc. It also has...

    Perfect Bead Box?

    Q: Does anyone know whatever happened to the "Perfect Bead Box" that was sold by 'Ann Hillsinger' (I think I have the spelling right)? It was supposed to be available earlier this year, and she was going to let folks know when they could order, and I've not heard a word.A: I think she is taking orders, but was working with new workers, or something like that. I believe she has the details on her site. http://rogue.northwest.com/~ahawley/home.html 'Anne' is still having production problems with the Perfect BeadBox. I don't know all the details, but she was looking for another...

    Phoenix Bead Shops

    Q: I just saw a message from JohnWPan re:Beads Galore in Phoenix. I just wondered if anyone on the list has ever been to Beadbox in Scottsdale. I get their Janet Coles bead catalog every year and spend months drooling over it before (and after) I order things! The catalog is *gorgeous*. Although the items seem expensive they often show things I'm not able to find here in Portland, OR. If anyone knows what the shop is like, I'd sure appreciate hearing about it!A: I bought the Janet Coles Bead catalog last year. I really like...

    Pinecone Christmas Gift Ideas???

    Q: I have a lot of big pinecones, and I don't know what to do with them. I thought it might be nice to do something with them to give to my family as Christmas gifts. If any of you have any ideas, please E-mail me.A: One of the neatest Christmas decorations I have is a large pinecone, painted green, with buttons glued on as ornaments. My son made it when he was in elementary school. You could also glue or wire on beads as decorations to the natural cone, and finish with a wisp of ribbon to hang it...

    Polyclay:to:polyclay

    Q: I want to add some clay to a prebaked polyclay tube bead. Is there a trick to attaching raw polyclay to baked polyclay? I've tried alcohol coat, lite oil coat. Nothing works well. Workable suggestions gratefully accepted!A: PVC cement? I don't know any particular brandnames, but the hardware store sells tins of the stuff for dealing with PVC pipe. Fimo, at least, is polyvinylchoride (PVC) polymer. And when all else fails, epoxy. You should use a little bit of glue. I don't remember the brand name that is recommended for using...

    Porcupine Quills.

    Q: I have come into posession of a large number of porcupine quills, of varying length and diameter. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how to use them? Are there any good books on preparing, dying, weaving, etc. with porcupine quill beads? If possible, I'd like to know some of the historical techniques. I have done a little weaving with regular plastic beads, but haven't done anything like this before, so consider me a beginner.A: Regarding your question about using quills, try going to http://www.nativeweb.org/NativeTech/quill/band.html, Or pick your favorite search engine...

    Projects As Gifts.

    Q: I am intrigued ... lightup bead trees? May I ask how you made them? I am very new to beading... I only started about two months ago. I prefer using wire at this point, and don't like the things like peyote stitch, but I enjoy making earrings and the few necklaces I made. I did make some ornaments, beaded and non, which were a big hit among my family.A: I finished a gift to my friend and hairdresser. She is only 42 and had a heart attack this year. Since she has to keep nitroglycerin with...

    Purse Frames.

    Q: I love to do loomed beaded purses, and have made a couple from the Japanese loom beading books. The problem is, I don't like the frames that are available. The books have beautiful decorative ones, but of course, I can't find them out here. 'Lacy's' has some, but they are a little too plain for my taste. Does anyone have a source?A: 'Fire Mountain Gems' in Oregon has about a dozen different purse frames. You can reach them at: 1-800-423-2319 Nice people to deal with. Ask them to...

    Question About H.P. Wooden Beads.

    Q: Can someone who has experience with this, suggest what product I should use in order to "lacquer" them? I don't even know if "lacquer" is the right word, or if I should be thinking "varnish" or what!A: Depending on how large the hole is, you can put the beads on bamboo skewers and stick these info florist's foam (that green stuff) and spray them with the 'Krylon'. This is how I do my fabric beads. I've found that putting the beads on chenille stems works well when I spray my beads heads. The fuzz on the stem...

    Recommendations For Czech Seed Beads.

    Q: I was hoping for some recommendations of sources for ordering Czech seed beads. I would like to balance selection with price, and I will be placing a fairly large order, so order minimums should not be a problem. Suggestions?A: I have been teaching beading for 4 years, and I steer my students clear of Czech seed beads. We much prefer Japanese seed beads. Japanese 11/0 seed beads are more uniform than Czech and come in a wide variety of colors. I agree, I like shipwreck beads too! It's the only place I buy. Some people say...

    Request For Beading Help.

    Q: The tip was that you can iron your beadwork with a damp cloth between the beadwork and the iron. When the cloth is dry, the beadwork will be straightened.A: Very many thanks for this information. My friend will be delighted. It is wonderful to know that there is someone out there who can solve our problems. I have another request can someone send me a list of urls for beading sites. You can send them by private E-mail so as not to take up bandwidth. Actually, I think that would be interesting information to post to the rec.crafts.beads list...

    Rosary Beads

    Q: I would like instructions on making Rosary BeadsA: In a cast-iron pot, simmer together the following for 1 hour: 4 cups fresh rose petals, finely snipped, 1 cup water, and 4 large, or 12 small, rusty nails (to blacken the solution). Remove from heat, stir with wooden spoon, and leave overnight. Repeat this procedure for a day or two until mixture darkens, adding water when necessary. Set aside for a few days until dry enough to handle. The consistancy should be that of wet clay. Roll into marble-sized balls. They will shrink. Lay...

    Rose Petal Beads

    Q: A few months ago I remember reading about making beads from rose petals. If anyone saved that posting could you please email me a copy or please send me the info.A: I saw the recipe in Yankee magazine a few years ago and foolishly didn't save it. I'd like it too! I've experimented a bit with making rose petal beads and I'll be glad to send my instructions to anyone who would like them. They're too long to post here. Please feel free to e-mail me to request them. They're easy to make! The only problem I...

    Seed Bead Hairpiece?

    Q: This may sound foolish, but would anyone know where I could get a pattern for a headpiece (possibly East Indian) like the ones worn in the new 'CoverGirl' TV ads?A: I guess I need to watch more TV. There are beaded headpieces on a commercial? I would like more information on this too. Yup...it's for the new fall collection of make-up, though the more I see it, the more I think it may be some sort of Medievel hair piece, or quite possibly a necklace draped over her head. It's done, from what I can see, in deep...

    Seed Beads, Looms, And Cross Stitch.

    Q: Has anyone ever used seed beads to make a pattern from a cross stitch layout?A: I haven't done it yet, but just today, I purchased the materials for that very type of project. I'll let you know how it works out. If you plan to stitch them onto the usual fabric following the chart, that works great - I recommend using a thread which matches the fabric rather than bothering to change colours of thread with the bead colours. It looks good and works up much faster. If you are planning to loom or square-stitch the beads together,...

    Silver/Metalsmithing?

    Q: I'd really like to start working more with silver/metals, but haven't found any classes here locally, so thought I'd pose a few questions to everyone here, and hopefully get enough info to get a little head start. If anyone can help with any of the following Q's, I'd be most appreciative. :) * If you could only have 1-2 books on basics in metal or silversmithing that are also fairly comprehensive, which would you want? * What would be the minimal required supplies for someone just getting started? At the very least, I'd like to be able to...

    Size Of Wire For Size Of Bead.

    Q: I'm a beginner beader, so please excuse me if this question has been asked and answered a hundred times before. I was wondering if there is an easy way to figure out what size stringing material (namely 'Beadalon' wire) you should use for the different bead sizes.A: Take short lengths of the wires with you when you go bead shopping: if the wire fits through the holes, you can use it. Generally, the heavier wires are for heavy beads, the smaller gauge wires for lighter beads. If you're combining beads, go by the overall weight of the...

    Split Ring Problems.

    Q: I made a necklace for my wife, and I used split rings. She keeps getting them caught (and wrecked) on her sweaters. What do you do with split rings? I know jump rings are soldered.A: 'National Supply' has some closed gold-filled and sterling-silver jump rings (these come already soldered together, and come in two sizes). I got these because split-rings snag, and I don't have the soldering equipment to close the jump rings. I order the lobster clasps with the rings, and use bead tips to attach the bracelet on. I don't think you can order...

    Sterling And Gold Fill Head Pins.

    Q: I am looking for a good wholesale source of 'SS' and 'GF' headpins in a fine gauge, preferrably about 24 gauge in lengths under 2 inches. I can find them all day long in the 2 inch length, but find I am wasting a lot. 1" or 1 1/2" would be the best, and small heads as well. I lost my last source and am becoming desperate!A: Actually, I hammer all my own headpins like this. When I sit down to make earrings, I start with about a foot of wire (usually 20 gauge dead soft)...

    Stone Beads?

    Q: Has anyone compiled a list of online sources for stone (precious/semi-precious/gravel/anything! :) beads?? Many of the sites I've seen recommended have every kind of bead under the sun EXCEPT stone.A: Please call, and perhaps we can understand exactly what your looking for. We carry all types of semi-precious mdse (Including beads). Please call us : 'Waliga Imports and Sales' 1467 Atwood Ave. Johnston, R.I. 02919 (USA) www.waliga.com Tel #: (401) 272-6777 My two favorite sources for stone beads: www.firemountaingems.com www.beading.com 'Fire Mountain' has the best prices, 'South Pacific' (beading.com)...

    Storage For Beads.

    Q: I need some advice regarding inexpensive, yet effective, storage for beads of all kinds. I have used plastic containers of all sizes, but it just seems to be more hassle, as I have to rummage for plastic containers to find what I need.A: I usually head for the hardware store and look in the toolchest section. There are lots of different (and sometimes very large) plastic and metal chests with compartments for beads. You'll see a lot of pull-out plastic and metal chests with plastic dividers for each drawer/compartment. These work fine for large items, such as spools of...

    Stringing Lampworked Beads.

    Q: I'm new to beadmaking, and I'm just starting to think about how I'm going to string up the beads I've made. I was changing the strings on my classical guitar today, and it dawned on me that the bass strings, which are silver wrapped on a nylon core, would be ideal bead-stringing material - very strong, yet flexible, and beautiful to look at. I'm wondering if any of you have ever tried this, and if so, what pitfalls there may be to using the guitar strings. I go through hundreds of them a year, and normally just throw them...

    Support Your Local Bead Store (Long)....

    Q: I took this thread to heart, and reminded myself to stop by my local bead store today when I just needed some findings and a few beads to complete a project I'm working on. When there, I was reminded of one of the problems of dealing with a store versus retail bead shows and catalogs. It seems to me that shows and catalogs are true retail, whereas my two local (little) stores are more like double, or triple a retail price. I saw beads that I have bought for $4 a strand (for 20 beads) sold for 50 cents...

    'The New Beadwork' Question.

    Q: Yes, I think this technique is explained quite well in the book: "15 Beads A Guide to Creating One-Of-A-Kind Beads" by 'Jane Dunnewold'. It is a recent book, and you should be able to order it from just about anywhere.A: This technique, or a less elaborate version of it at least, is described as "Spider Web Beads", on page 50. I think Ms. Lillie is using silk thread and knotting between her small (15s?) as she is working to cover the underlying bead. She uses beads she has made for the base, but you can use wooden beads...

    Thread Question.

    Q: I always used a double thickness of nylon thread when I string my beads, but I never was quite satisfied with the way they flowed. Is nylon thread strong enough to use as a single strand? I am still looking for a soft, flowing look to my necklaces. Most of them are made of smaller, or lighter beads.A: Do you mean 'Nymo' thread, which is nylon? I use 'Nymo 00' single. It is very strong. when you try to use any bead thread doubled, it tangles. If you need more strength, go back through your beads...

    'Tigereye' Seed Beads?

    Q: I have been lurking in here for a couple of years but have only posted a couple of times. Is there such a thing as 'Tigereye' seed beads? If so, where can I find them. If not, what are the smallest 'Tigereye' beeds I can find, and where?A: I just bought a hank of Hematite seed beads, size 14/0 from Bead Studio on 'Amazon'. Maybe they'd know about any 'Tiger's Eye' seed beads. Here's the contact information from the invoice I just received from them: 'Bead Studio' P.O. Box 514 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-0514 fax 208-765-0755 e-mail: be...@dmi.net Here's...

    Ugly Beading - Cut It Out, I Say.

    Q: If you have a copy of `The New Beadwork' handy, humour me and turn to page 36. "These examples of DeLange's work display techniques popularized in her beaded-earring books." Photo: 1 pr somewhat floral-patterned diamond-shaped earrings, 1 pr angel earrings, 1 pr heart-shaped earrings. These are easily the ugliest things in the book, but I have no doubt that her pattern books are popular. I keep picking up bead pattern books, glancing at bead pattern URLs, and finding things like this.A: You encouraged feedback, so here it goes: You say that most of the beadwork it isn't art....

    Ugly Beading

    Q: I have been a beader for six years. Since I have a five-year-old, a full-time job and a life, I get very few hours to just bead. Yet, with the limits, I have made and sold more than 100 amulet bags in that time, some of them great, some mundane. Some with manufactured-looking Delica's, mundane 11's, not so mundane 14's, even less mundane 15 hex cuts, and wonder of wonders, a masterpiece of my own in 18's. When I arrived in the Creative Arts building at the Minnesota State Fair in August, 1997, and saw...

    Uniform-Size Beads.

    Q: 'Miyuki', 'Delica', Czechoslovakian, and Japanese: which are more uniform in size?A: 'Delicas' most, then Japanese non-'Delicas', then Czech. I'm not sure if the 'Miyuki' are the only non-'Delica' Japanese manifacturer - I'm not familiar with them. Also, the Czech are a distinctly different shape - more like donuts - wider in diameter across the hole than they are long (the stringing direction). 'Miyuki' makes 'Delicas'. 'Toho' makes Antiques (which are very much like 'Delicas'). 'Miyuki' and 'Matsuno' (and probably others) make Japanese seed beads. I don't know the name of the Czech manufacturers. ...

    Using Polyshrink

    Q: I have a plan (only in my head, so far) of blending poly-shrink and beads, but it would also require running a sheet of the stuff through my HP Desk-Jet 560C. Has anyone tried this yet? Is it possible?A: I suppose it would depend on whether the surface would hold the ink. Jet-printer ink has a tendeny to smear on anything that isn't designed for it (try running on a regular transparency sheet). If you're using a water-based ink, will it stick to the surface? An alternative would be to run...

    'Vermiculite' Vs. 'Fiber Blanket'.

    Q: I was wondering if you can tell a big difference in using 'Vermiculite' vs. a 'Fiber Blanket' to cool beads. I just got a 'Fiber Blanket', and am about to try it. I've had a few beads break in fragile places, using Vermiculite (example: the lip on the hat on a snow man), and I'm wondering if this will make a difference. I'd just like to hear other opinions.A: If you are making lampworked beads to sell, I strongly suggest you invest in a kiln. I have purchased many, many lampworked beads from many, many...

    "Vintage" Beads.

    Q: What is considered "Vintage"? Something used before? Over a certain age? Something not produced anymore? There seems to be as many opinions as there are beads. Does adding vintage beads to a project increase it's value? Probably only to people who care about such things.A: Now, I thought it was 75 years old to be antique. lol I'm not going to worry about it. I'll buy what beads I like if they're at the price I can afford. I have seen the term "vintage" used inappropriately by many bead and/or jewelry sellers, so this is definitely one of those...

    Was: Religious Posts...Now...Naked Goddess Beads

    Q: What are "naked goddess beads"? Also, could you direct me to a URL that shows a picture of them?A: These would be beads that show breasts, sometimes a cleft between the legs. Essentially, with no clothes (therefore naked, LOL). A lot of the mermaids made and sold today are naked on top, naked female forms are often called, "goddess beads". I don't know if I have any on my site or not, I'll let someone else post the links, because I can't seem to do that anyway, but 'Mavis Smith' and 'Cousette Copeland' both have them...

    Websites For Stitch Instructions?

    Q: Can someone please recommend a website that has instructions for stitches? I see these listed for projects, but I have no patterns or instructions to make them.A: For starters, go to www.beadwork.about.com You will find all sorts of wonderful info on this site, or go to www.suzannecooper.com there are instructions on her site too. The name is no longer http://beadwork.miningco.com.... It had been changed to http://beadwork.about.com Very good resources on beads, stitches, techniques, and so much more about beading. Go check it out!! ;) And one more: http://beadwork.miningco.com/ If you...

    What else do you do?

    Q: How did everyone get started beading and what else do you do? I have found a lot of beaders are also quilters and weavers.A: I work with polymer clay, crochet, machine knit, sew, plastic canvas, counted cross stitch, embroider, latch hook [haven't for years, but I still have the stuff in storage!], and have tried my hand at netting, which wasn't interesting enough for my brain to want to do all the time. I think I'm leaving something out, but this is the main list of what else I do besides beading. Knit, sew, tat, crochet, lampwork,...

    Where To Buy Size 10 Seed Beads.

    Q: These are the type most often sold in the craft stores in Queens/Westchester I frequent (I have sept off... so I may venture to Manhattan to search out stores one on one). I can't find this size online. Are they known as something else? They are marked as size 10. I see size 11 sold online, and I have bought some of 'Blue Moon Beads' of this size, but they are much too small for anything I can thread on a needle (I have the big eye needles from 'Fire Mountain Gemstones'... wonderful!!!), although I...

    Whole Bead.

    Q: I went to the whole bead show in L.A. today. Gosh, was that ever a waste of time and money! I should have saved my $5.00 entry fee. L.A. has bigger bead stores than the whole show was. It seemed as though all 10 of the sellers had the same type of beads . No books worth mentioning , no seed ('Delicas') beads ,no patterns. I for one, was really disappointed. Well, live and learn. If this show comes to your city, I hope you learn from my mistake.A: I went to the one in...

    Xmas Ornaments.

    Q: I was looking for the address of a company from somewhere in the South of the US. They sold kits for beaded Christmas ornaments.A: It was there, here's the text of it: 'The Cracker Box' is wonderful for those "real" heirloom ornaments....this is not the 'Wal-Mart' stuff. I believe a catalog is $4, and they are closed during the month of January, so you need to get it now if you want it soon! 'The Cracker Box' Rt 202 & Aquetong Rd Solebury PA 18963-0413 215-862-2100 Actually, I called them and the...

    yet one more polyshrink...

    Q: I tried sanding my polyshrink to make the colors more permanent, but then the colors bled into the grooves left by the sandpaper. Has anyone SUCCESSFULLY made anything halfway durable with this stuff?A: You need to use an extremely fine grit sandpaper. I buy mine at a place that sells modeling (cars, planes) kits and supplies. I ran out and tried a coarser grit and I too had the bleeding problems. I have had really good luck with two kinds of markers: Sharpie permanent markers and another brand called Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent. The latter comes...