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#732451 - 05/15/07 05:32 PM Making Beaded Jewelry
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After collecting beads to make necklaces for over a year, I finally sat down Saturday to make my first one. I really enjoyed it and made 7 over the weekend (one for my niece). Now I'm quite the novice, but hope to learn more and get some techniques to do different things, but even my husband was impressed with my first tries. It was a lot of fun!!!

Does anyone else out there do this?
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#732486 - 05/15/07 05:46 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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I do make jewelry once in a while, it's fun. I have tons of beads, and just bring out the box whenever I think of it. I've read a few books, but I usually just wing it.
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#732535 - 05/15/07 06:36 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Sing A Little
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I have a ton of beads and wish I were motivated to make stuff because it is really fun. I've found that winging it does make for more interesting designs, too.
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#732610 - 05/15/07 07:29 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry kitten
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I've made (and even sold) lots of jewelry over the past few years. I really enjoy it. I use all different sorts of stones and glass beads, and like to see how creative I can get. It's such fun, and a great way to relax.
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#733445 - 05/16/07 06:13 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry someone else
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You're right - it is fun and relaxing. I was really surprised that I could come up with something that looks good - my husband was also. I believe he thought I was just going to string the same beads on the string. That would be very boring.
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#851263 - 11/08/07 02:13 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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I wanna do this but have no idea where to start!!

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#851299 - 11/08/07 03:07 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry ~Special K~
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I just kind of 'started', but did take some lessons through a local bead store. Also, Michael's has lessons on beading, but I haven't taken any. I even learned how to crochet a necklace on sterling silver wire.

I am having a blast with this and am even selling some, although I've spent much more in beads than I have sold. If you want to look around at products I recommend http://www.firemountaingems.com. I have bought from others, but they have the largest selection and some fairly good prices.
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#851318 - 11/08/07 03:24 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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I also buy from them, but most of what I buy is as a vendor at Indian festivals (one of my part-time jobs which will hopefully work into post retirement income) and for decorating gourds. My best friend buys from them and makes jewelry (mainly earrings) for resell. She sold a lot of them when we were at Stone Mountain last weekend.
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#851614 - 11/08/07 06:22 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Bagweaver
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I am self taught and I bought a bead a day calendar. It is so good with directions. I use firemountain also. They have great designs that you can use for free. Also in their catalog they show how to do things. My hardest thing is using the stretch elastic. I can't seem to get them to knot and fit inside the last bead.

The most important technique is on crimping. If you don't do it right them the jewelry will fall apart. Also, you can lower the value if you don't hide the crimp.

Enjoy.

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#851674 - 11/08/07 07:14 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry KAT
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KAT - that's why I love crimp covers. Have you ever purchased the holiday beads from goodybeads.com? Some of them are so cute - I've made one with penguins with santa hats and another adorable one with gingerbread men.

I have been very unsuccessful with stretch bracelets and have kind of given up on those.
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#851680 - 11/08/07 07:19 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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I'm not a big fan of Fire Mountain Gems. Yes, they have a huge selection, but they are sooo expensive. My suggestion (and I've been doing this for years now) is to buy beads on eBay. Anything you want, they've got it. And, if you live anywhere near Los Angeles, head to the bead section of the jewelry district downtown. The deals there are phenomenal.
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#851720 - 11/08/07 08:00 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry someone else
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I'm on an e-mail list of several on-line bead places and I get ads for weekly sales. Sometimes they are really good.

Wished I lived near LA, though. Sounds like heaven.
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#851730 - 11/08/07 08:11 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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Duchess I have heard using a surgeons knot is the best way to tie the material and then use a drop of glue. I just have to practice the knot.

I have so much stuff I can't buy any more but I will keep goodybeads in mind. I usually do the sales at AC Moore and Michaels unless I have a specific project in mind.

I need to get my eyes checked because it is hard seeing the holes in some of the beads. Then I will go back to it.

I had a "sister's" brunch and made all five of us the same bracelet in different colors. I picked the colors that matched my sisters and I got it right on all of them. They then asked for matching necklaces and earings. I was so pleased that they liked them that much.

I have also made them and sold them for a fundraiser for the American Cancer Relay for Life. I put love into them and the profits go for a good cause. My aunt had cancer and loved it when I made her a special bracelet.

I get a lot of relaxation from this.

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#851857 - 11/08/07 09:40 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry KAT
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Yes, it is very relaxing.

Funny story - we had a 'birthday' here the other day and we all gathered around Carol and sang her Happy Birthday. One of our co-workers pointed to her jewelry (necklace and earrings) and said - Skittles (however she used my real name), you could make that. To which I responded - 'I did'.
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#862455 - 11/29/07 01:04 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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I brought in a bunch of necklace/earring sets yesterday that I had made and sold 8 sets and had requests for 2 more. Everything I make is unique and I have never duplicated. I just have so much fun with this and it's an outlet for creativity that I didn't know I had.

Tonight I go to make a beaded watch. I think I'm going to use the austrian crystal's since it will be for me. I've never used those before.
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#862537 - 11/29/07 02:36 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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Skittles - are you talking about the Swarovskis? Those are, by far, the best crystals to use. If you really start working in them, may I suggest that you look to eBay for your purchases? You will find much better deals than Fire Mountain or any of those retailers. You would be surprised what you could find on eBay for beading.

As for watch faces, a great place to shop online is HHH Enterprises. They have great prices on watches.
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#862557 - 11/29/07 02:50 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry someone else
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Thanks for the information. Yes, I just couldn't spell it correctly and didn't want to embarrass myself too badly. I have seen them on e-bay, but haven't made a purchase - yet anyway.
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#880178 - 12/31/07 12:42 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry someone else
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Thanks a lot, someone else. I discovered how easy it is to purchase on e-bay over the weekend. However, I am getting a lot of the Swarovski crystals. I can't wait to receive them.
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#880671 - 01/01/08 07:19 AM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry Skittles
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The only bead bracelet I wear is one made by a former co-worker. It's made up of small multi-colored beads with a daisy filler in between. Since it has so many colors, it goes with everything. It did mean she had to buy a variety of colored beads (I think she just used leftovers from prior projects), but if she could make a dozen more, I'd buy 'em all - they're so versatile. Just a thought for those of you in the bead biz - go multi-colored!!
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#880717 - 01/02/08 01:18 PM Re: Making Beaded Jewelry BBoyd
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I bought some beautiful beaded jewelry a couple of weeks ago from a lady at works daughter who does it for extra income.

I bought some earrings which I love and a bracelet and then I also bought some beaded ornaments for my tree.

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