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The beginning of a bead tutorial [28 Jul 2009|01:29am]




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Newbie intro [07 Jan 2008|01:51pm]

1. How did you get involved with beading?
Through a couple of broken beaded bracelets and necklaces I had / found as a kid. Some of the beads were just too pretty to throw them away.

2. What inspires you? art, music, nature, etc...
Things I see in stores or online, no matter wheter they are actually jewellery-related or not.

3. What are some things you like about making crafts?
You can choose exactly what you want and hopefully end up with something unique. Also, that often the finished result doesn't look much like what you had in mind when you started but is still awesome.

4. How much time do you spend on beading?
Not enough to use the crazy amount of beads I have already accumulated.

5. What are some of your favorite craft stores?
The local bead shop in Belfast for basics, Ebay for everything else. Some stuff on Etsy or Justbeads looks nice but importing a few beads from the US? Nah.

A bit more about me.
I am 24 years old (turning 25 in April) and a snarky female German currently living in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I like photography, digital art, sewing, DIY, playing with PHP scripts and Open Source software and recently got into D&D.

A few of my recent work since I don't have (photos of) my older stuff anymore and won't be able to see what I still have before I go home on holdiay in 2 days (yay!).

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[16 Apr 2007|09:29pm]

Hey everyone. I have a question and a resource!

Resource first: I'd never seen this site but it looks pretty awesome - http://www.glassartists.org/.

And for the question. I have these beads that I got from someone else and now I am trying to both price them and see where I can get more. They are round 9 or 10 mm beads, probably plastic/acrylic, and on each side they are carved to look like a rose. The base of the bead is white and then it looks like a pale yellow color was added in the carved areas. I've seen this design before in mardi gras beads and I have always thought of them as "cabbage beads" because they look like little cabbages...but searching FMG for "cabbage" doesn't get any results! ;)
So if anyone knows where I could find some more like this or what they might be called, I'd be much obliged!
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Hello Everyone [15 Apr 2007|09:30pm]

Hi everyone. I'm Christina and new here.

1. How did you get involved with beading?
I had always loved the beading section at Michael's when I would take mom so she could indulge her scrapbooking habit but never bothered to invest any money in it to get started. For my birthday my mom got me a huge starter kit that included tools, beads, findings, and even a pattern book. By the end of the day I had used probably a third of the beads that came with the kit and was itching to make more. I've been hooked ever since.

2. What inspires you? art, music, nature, etc...
There isn't anything in particular that inspires me. Unlike my writing where I might hear a song and suddenly have a story plot in mind this is all about sitting down with my supplies and seeing what jumps out at me.

3. What are some things you like about making crafts?
It's a great freedom of expression. I can indulge my love for blues and blacks without seeming morbid. I can use cute charms that might otherwise look childish in anything else. Most of all it's relaxing. It gives me a focus that isn't about bills, home life, children, or my case of writer's block.

4. How much time do you spend on beading?
More than I should. :D Often I get in a few hours a day. Sometimes taking a small kit of select items with me when I'm going to be away from the house for very long so I can fiddle instead of sitting around bored.

5. What are some of your favorite craft stores?
Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Ebay, Crafts ETC.com and Fire Mountain.

A bit more about me.
I'm 25 (just turned). I have two boys and one little girl. I am the all time Harry Potter dork. I'm a university student working on my Information Technology and Programming degree online via Kaplan University. I love computers, reading, writing, and beading obviously. I'm a classically trained southern lady aka I grew up with my grandmother so not only can I cook and clean (even though I totally hate to do that one), but I know how to quilt, sew my own cloths, do needle point, and can grow a garden with the best of them. I partly own a website that is devoted to discussion of well all kinds. I love the online video game Guild Wars but I've not been able to play in ages as it gets too addicting...I forget I have a life outside the game. I am a devoted hand bell ringer in my church choir. I sing when it's requested of me but otherwise like to forget that I'm a first soprano. I teach the 4 and 5 age group for Sunday School and am the small group leader for both the Sparks and T and T Awana groups for my church. I was a stupid teen mom that grew up into well a stupid 20 something that has more morals than I used to. lol I love life and try my hardest to live it with no regrets.

Okay yeah I guess that's about all for me.

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I want my own business [14 Apr 2007|12:00am]

[ mood | pensive ]

I wish I had the money to start my own jewelry business.
arrrgghhhh, I have some good ideas but don't know where to start
how the heck do I get a tax id?

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[28 Mar 2007|02:34pm]

just set up a jewellery myspace with some of my stuff on it. its nowhere near finished yet as many peices r missing. you can check it out if your interested


just realised i sent to the wrong forum. theres nothing beady on there yet but as soon as i get my charm bracelet on there this post will become relevent
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[15 Mar 2007|07:21pm]

just wondering how many of you make your own beads? if any
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Jump ring question [09 Feb 2007|09:44am]


I'm new here and very new to beading. I took a class recently, and then went home and ordered a ton of supplies off firemountaingems.com including jump rings. I bought one package of stainless steel 6.5 mm 18 gauge, and one of brass that was 20 gauge. I can open and close the brass ones easily, just as I was shown in class, but I cannot pry apart a single one of the stainless steel ones. I double-checked and I did not order ones that were made to be sodered. Is stainless steel just harder to manipulate than brass? What is silvery-colored and more flexible? Any advice?

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[25 Jan 2007|05:58pm]

I'm looking to buy some of those necklace displays, the standing bust sort that Fire Mountain Gems sells. Does anyone know of any other stores that sell these? I'm close to an AC Moore, a Rag Shop, a JoAnn's and possibly Michaels. Has anyone seen them at any of those stores?
I know FMG is pretty fast about delivery, and the prices seem reasonable, but I'd kind of like to actually look at some before I buy.
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New to the community [23 Jan 2007|11:21am]

Hi all,
I was looking around for a beading group that didn't intimidate the heck out of me and found this one :) I am glad to meet other beginner beaders and am looking forward to exchanging ideas and advice!

1. How did you get involved with beading?
I took a non-credit class last year at a local community college. I had never even heard of beading before, but it looked like a lot of fun. I liked the first class so much I have taken several more.
2. What inspires you? art, music, nature, etc...
I love certain color combinations, especially anything with deep blue. My birthstone (garnet). Gold. And things that are sparkly.
3. What are some things you like about making crafts?
Since I have two small kids, beading and scrapbooking time generally tends to be the only time I get to have fun by myself. It also seems to be the best way for me to express any artistic talent I might have, since I cannot paint or draw to save my life.
4. How much time do you spend on beading?
Not much recently, but I was crazy busy around Christmas. Everyone seemed to like the gifts I made! I want to make more time for it soon.
5. What are some of your favorite craft stores?
Michael's, Craftmania, and Fire Mountain Gems. I'm going to check out AC Moore this week.
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[26 Oct 2006|10:56pm]

Woowhoo! I learned stuff about computers! Check out my almost finished jewelry page. It's not for selling, just for looking!

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How to? [17 Oct 2006|03:39pm]
I bought some 1mm black leather cord and some class beads and magnestic beads.

I dont have the right bead size at this current time. But when I do...
I want to have one bead on each side of the gladd bead.
How would I make this stay?

Or any ideas of making a guy a necklace?
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[15 Oct 2006|01:22pm]

hi there. i am asis. i am 42 single and been saving beads for years in hopes i can get into it.. well now i am not working and on a extrely low budget.. i own just aobut every beading book i got my hands on.. and thousands opon thousands of beads and accesories..now what.. where do i start and learn what i dont know.. any ideas would help me greatly.. asis
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Bead-Point [13 Oct 2006|01:50am]

Has anyone here tried beadpoint before? I love the look of it and was thinking of trying it out. Ann Benson offers a beadpoint primer on her website: http://www.beadseast.com/index.html (look under primers-basic beadpoint). And she also has a book callled Beadpoint: Beautiful Bead Stitching on Canvas.
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aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh- (screaming) [11 Oct 2006|09:14pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

I have not updated much here. I was hired at A.C. Moore in June, and just got promoted to Supervisor. So I don't have much time to do anything. I do try though and will post new stuff soon.

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[30 Aug 2006|03:09pm]

Hi all,
I found this community today and I'm glad to see beaders helping out other beaders! I do some beading myself; although no longer a beginner, I'm not yet what I'd call advanced, either! :)

1. How did you get involved with beading?
I guess I've been making jewelry most of my life, probably starting with those colorful LisaFrank beads! I was about 13 or so when the seed beads started getting popular. I've always loved small and intricate details and designs, and especially design in small spaces (bottlecaps, postage stamps, LJ icons, etc). So I asked for beads for Christmas and started making my own jewelry.

2. What inspires you?
Color combinations, patterns in art, other beaders' work, costumes.

3. What are some things you like about making crafts?
I love it when people are amazed by a pair of earrings that it takes maybe about 5 minutes to make! Of course I also like the detail and expression in jewelry pieces, and just working with my hands.

4. How much time do you spend on beading?
Not enough! I'm trying to step it up, though, in an attempt to get a small business off the ground.

5. What are some of your favorite craft stores?
Well, I'll get sucked in by any good bead selection. JoAnn's is good, Rag Shop to a lesser extent. I did buy a lot from Hobby Lobby, but there's not one where I live now. I haven't been able to find a good, exclusively beads store though. At least not one where supplies were not over-priced.

Like I said, I'm working on starting my small jewelry business. I'll post a link when it's ready for display!
I'm happy to give tips on where to find information. I work at a library so I can pass on book titles too, as well as some websites. I'm thrilled to have found this community. I've had to teach myself beading, and have found it hard to find good instruction in more advanced techniques like peyote stitch. So I'm eager to pass on what I have learned!
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[17 Jul 2006|01:43pm]

hi everyone, I am a total beading novice and I am so glad that I found this community to help me! I basically don't really know too much about beading and supplies,etc. Do any of you know any good websites that could help me? I have been searching, but I am very overwhelmed at the amount of sites, and I am trying to find just a few good sites that tells me pretty much all I need to know.

I would really appreiciate it because I am feeling so overwhelmed!
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New Member! [16 Jul 2006|01:20pm]

1. How did you get involved with beading? My aunt became interested in beading a couple years ago, and from the jewelry that she made, my own inspiration grew.

2. What inspires you? Interesting color, shape, or design.

3. What are some things you like about making crafts? It's very relaxing, and you get the opportunity to create something that people can appreciate.

4. How much time do you spend on beading? Whenever I have free time or extra cash to spend on beads. Lately I've had quite a bit of time to work on it, which is good as I'm still learning how to do things with my materials.

5. What are some of your favorite craft stores? Busy Beads, in Evansville. And of course, Michaels and Jo Ann's are good for beading stuff because they carry so much. I also heard there's a really great bead store in Bloomington Indiana, but I have yet to make it out there to see for myself.

And here is a necklace I recently made. It's nothing spectacular, but I like it quite a bit (sorry the image isn't great):

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