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introduction February 23, 2005 7:48 PM

Hello, I'm new to this group (although not really new to beading or to Care2). A few years ago I used to do beading as a hobby/second income and lately I've been getting back into it. Your description looked interesting on the groups list and I thought I'd join the fun. Best wishes, and I hope to meet other creative beaders here.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
beading February 23, 2005 7:55 PM

I love beading, just haven't had a lot of time lately to pick it up again. I like working with natural stones, bone, shells. I find anything more than 3 strans with a bracelet to be difficult to finish at the ends. My fingers get all cramped :( .  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I am new February 23, 2005 8:22 PM

I am new to this group. I started with a beading kit. I've been hooked ever since. I make my own earings,ring and bracelets. I need more designs. Does anyone know where I could look?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Welcome! February 24, 2005 5:28 AM

Welcome Fellow Beaders!!! Woohoo!! i haven't been doing much beading lately either. We've had crazy spring like weather, and i've been outside almost everyday playing in my flowerbeds and hiking around the woods. Then, last night it snowed!!! So today, i'm going to dig out my beads and see if i can come up with something new. Last week, i stopped by a local bead shop and bought several Agate Cabachons, a couple rounded labradorite chunks and a labradorite marble. Yay! So i have some new stuff to work with! free patterns/tutorials check out this site http://beadwork.about.com/ They have all kinds of beading information, free patterns, tips, project ideas etc. There is also a discussion board, with lots of great beading information on it....like what beading threads are good, what you should avoid etc. There are also many beadwork magazines available that offer great project ideas and information. Seems like in the last two years a ton of new magazines have ben popping up. i really like Beadwork and Bead and Button. i'm not really familar with the others to give recommendations, but maybe someone else here can? i saw one at the book store the other day that looked like it focused more on earrings and strung necklaces as opposed to beadweaving...but i don't recall the name of it. Maybe Bead style..or jewelry style? check your local book store, there are just tons of stuff out there. happy Beading! ~tree  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank you February 24, 2005 6:41 AM

Thanks for the info. I forgot to mention my favorite project(learned on the Carol Dival [spelling?] show) it is a mini bead woven purse necklace. Its been so long since I made it I have forgotten how to make another one. Has anyone else made one? Happy Beading Everyone!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
looking for ideas February 25, 2005 3:27 PM

I started beading several years ago and I'm just starting to get back into it. I work at a craft store so it's hard for me to get away from it. I've always done simple one strand bracelets and necklaces but I'm wanting to get into more detail and I hope I can get some inspiration and ideas here.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
following up February 26, 2005 6:21 PM

Ideas aren't a problem for me. I read the Fire Mountain Gems catalog at bedtime and literally dream designs. catalog@firemountain.com If I can get either of my two digital cameras to work I'll post pictures. They're both in need of some time at Minolta repair. I work with sterling silver and semiprecious stones. I do most standard jewelry types. Probably my most distinctive designs are chokers. I thread the beads over 24 gauge wire, then braid them with 2mm leather cord and 18 or 20 gauge wire. The ends are wire wrapped hooks. Recently I took a wire working class and made a few local contacts. I've started selling a few pieces again through word of mouth. Really I'd like to get into some boutiques and shows. My work is good enough. I've always been shy about marketing myself.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
HI March 13, 2005 5:25 PM

Hi. I'm Bobbi. I live in Las Vegas, but used to live in Tucson, which is where I became acquainted with crystal work. I currently make jewelry using healing stones. I just picked back up on beading within this past year -- I made some costume jewelry about 20 years ago that sold well. I'm here to attempt to re-hone some skills, learn some new ones and share information. I currently have about $400 (wholesale) worth of beads on hand and want to use them up and go get more. Hope to get to know all of you! Live in the Light, Bobbi  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beading March 17, 2005 11:03 AM

Hi my name is Lou Ann. I used to sell jewelry back in the 60s and 70s. When I lived in Toledo, Ohio. Now I've started to make some more jewelry. I just missed the last show they had here in Northern Virginia.That's where I live now. I keep ordering beads with all these ideas in my head. I'm having trouble getting the crimp bead to stay next to the clasp or toggle. I'm trying to figure out how too use the cones for several strands. I used to get the Lapidary Journal. It has a lot of ideas but I guess I missed the parts I need to know.. My sister said she uses a dental pick to make a lot of her jewelry. It helps her to wrap a head pin and or eye pin. I like the Fire Mountain Bead Catalougue also. That's where I get a lot of jewelry making supplies and beads.On line they always show the sales and you can get some really good deals. I'd really like to learn every aspect of making jewelry.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 21, 2005 11:32 AM

I love my fire mountain gem catalog. some of the designs that are presented in it are so wonderful to look at.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Catalogue March 27, 2005 11:28 AM

Is Fire Mountain Gem online? If not, would someone be kind enough to put a phone number up here so I can call and request a catalogue? Thanks much, Bobbi  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi March 28, 2005 10:39 AM

It's http://www.firemountain.com They are having a sale today. this is Monday March 28, 2005 so they have a few things that you can look, at but the catalog has a lot more. Their number is 800-355-2137Thanks Lou Ann Cunha  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi March 28, 2005 10:47 AM

There are a few more places I know of. Rio Grande Rings and Things Shipwreck Gems You can find a lot of places to get catalogues in the Lapidary Journal. They tell where they are holding gem conventions, retail and wholesale. Thanks Lou Ann Cunha  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi March 28, 2005 10:54 AM

Here is the bead sale http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping_gp.asp?skw=KWOSCW159&WT.mc_n=CW050324&WT.mc_t=customer_wide&WT.mc_r=30 Here is the sale starting yesterday http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping_gp.asp?skw=KW050326&WT.mc_n=CW050326&WT.mc_t=customer_wide&WT.mc_r=30  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Sorry April 05, 2005 6:05 AM

Sorry, I've been tied up and haven't been back for a bit. Thank you so much for the information. I really appreciate it! Live in the Light, Bobbi  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
New here April 13, 2005 7:07 PM

Hi, new here. Just really getting into beading. Do any of you have pics of your creations in your albums? I was thinking of making an album just for that. Jenn  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beading Supplies & Patterns April 24, 2005 7:43 PM

For those looking for sources for patterns or supplies here are two more. http://www.michaels.com/art/online/static?page=beads http://wire-sculpture.com/ links to supplies & patterns on left side of page  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hello April 24, 2005 11:01 PM

Hi, I'm new to beading. I need ideas for making jewelery. I have made several basic necklaces but I want to branch out a little. I'm just having a hard time starting. I have made beads from Polymer clay as well as store bought beads. Any suggestions?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 25, 2005 9:23 PM

Mable there are great ideas to get you started at www.eebeads.com. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get discounts. Jenn  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thanks April 25, 2005 10:13 PM

Thanks for the site Jenn. I'll look into it.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Ideas for necklaces and things. April 26, 2005 9:16 AM

Hi, I buy stuff when I find it on sale. Sometimes with a certain color in mind but not necessarily. I'll then end up with a lot of different types of beads. I like chips and tumble stones the best but there are so many beautiful painted and other types of beads. Then I get a color in mind and find all the beads that would look good with that color. I add either gold or silver sometimes. Big or little. They have the pewter in gold and silver too. Some of the real gold and silver beads are way too expensive. I lay my beads in little cups and I have one of the gray boards that has an impression and cups and inches to measure along the necklace impression. I start in the middle at the bottom and put like one main bead or three bigger beads and put other sizes in between them and maybee taper off to the ends with some smaller beads. Mixing in the silver or gold colors with them. It's gets easier and you'll get creative if you have it in front of you before lacing it up. That way you can change it if you don't like what you see. Plus you have to get the wire and the pliers and the crimp beads. The toggles or clasps and all that stuff. At least that's how I do it.There are places on the net and in books that will show you how to do the ends. www.firemountain.com has a place on it that shows how to do the crimp beads and clasps. Thanks Lou Ann Cunha  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hello! May 01, 2005 10:24 AM

My name is Silvina and I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can I join ypur group? Kind regards for all of you :) Silvina  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
hello from Azerbaijan May 05, 2005 5:05 AM

Hello from Azerbaijan 5:03 AM Dear friends, I'm Konul from Azerbaijan.I'm 32.I have 2 sons. Also i work at a computer system &services company.In my free time i like to bead, crochet and knit. I have seen your group and would like to join to you, to learn with you. my beading web page www.konul2.narod.ru .take care  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 05, 2005 11:49 AM

Hello everyone! I am sure that all are welcome here! It is great to see people from so many places. It will be great to see everyone's work....  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
update May 07, 2005 8:12 AM

I hardly expected this thread would still be going. There's some good news to share on my end: I'm now selling my creations at a boutique. Also a craft co-op has accepted me as their newest member. I brought over my things to the gallery last night. They set aside an entire display case. 96 of my pieces fit into it. I've been selling at a local swap meet on weekends. It really isn't the right venue for my things, but it brings in enough money to pay for new supplies and improve my display equipment. I'll be in an art show next weekend. That's more where I belong. Now the only challenge is making enough new items to keep up!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 07, 2005 12:27 PM

Congratulations, Lise! That sounds really exciting! Keep up the good work.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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