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CACTUSWENDY
10-18-2011, 11:30 PM
:D

I started doing beading this last year and I am having a ball. I love the bling stuff. I find that my artist eye has really opened back up from years of non-use. (Although never did the beading stuff before.)

Finding the cheapest and best prices for the 'raw' beads has not been easy. I have used several wholesale sites that. so far, have met my needs, but can see I want to upgrade the quality of my materials and still keep within the smallest dollar range that I can.

Any insight or such from you guys would be appreciated. I'm trying to build up my inventory for the swap meet for sometime after Thanksgiving. (Just in time for the holidays.)

Living in Tucson I can't wait till the Gem Show this winter. We have one place that is only jewelry making stuff. I plan to stock up then.

I hope to get a blog up and running soon with some shots of what I have done so far. If you have a site...let me know.

Medievalist
10-19-2011, 12:39 AM
Do check out our very own Dawno's Beaded Badge Lanyard Site (http://beadedbadgelanyards.blogspot.com/). She makes all sort of bead jewelry and is also a good resource regarding supplies.

Filigree
10-19-2011, 12:48 AM
If you can't wait for the bead shows during January and February, come up to Tempe and check out Beads Galore on the SW corner of Priest and Southern. One of the biggest bead stores in the entire Southwest. They ask you to lock up your purse while shopping, and some of their gemstone beads are oddly-drilled and defective, but they have great prices on decent 'B' and 'C' grade freshwater pearls and Czech pressed-glass beads. I've been going there since 1989.

If you're looking for higher-end products, go about ten miles north into central Scottsdale, and look at Scottsdale Bead Supply. They sell nearly every gemstone bead under the sun, make their own findings, and have nice staff.

If you're looking for seed beads, Fire Mountain Gems has some luscious colors in their Chinese and Czech seed beads.

Oh, yeah, and if you have not already done it, treat yourself to a sub or some sample issues of Bead & Button Magazine, or Art Jewelry Magazine if you want to get into metalwork. Belle Armoire also has neat beaded jewelry projects.

Filigree, who has been beading since forever.

CACTUSWENDY
10-19-2011, 01:17 AM
Cool.

I have heard about that store. (Beads Galore) Sounds like a fun place.

I ran across a site today and they mentioned it. I was going to google it and give it a look.

I knew dawn did things....was not sure about the beading. Thanks for the info.

sunandshadow
10-19-2011, 01:58 AM
I've been playing with ebay recently and one thing I've looked at several times is all the beads and pendants for sale. You can get very cheap ones from hong kong or therabouts, you just have to wait about a month for them to show up. Some places, if you buy more than $50 of stuff from them will upgrade your shipping to something faster for free.

My only problem is I don't really wear jewelry, lol, so I haven't been able to come up with a good excuse for buying any of these pretty sand stone (goldstone) or tiger's eye or lab-grown opal beads.

TheIT
10-19-2011, 02:10 AM
Seconding the referral for Fire Mountain Gems. If you sign up for FMG's email list, they send you news about sales as well as links to articles about beading. Lots of good information and how-to's on the site (www.firemountaingems.com (http://www.firemountaingems.com)).

And also seconding the referral to Dawno's website. Lovely work. I'm wearing one of her lanyards right now (and very fetching it is, if I do say so myself). :D

Another resource site is www.glassattic.com (http://www.glassattic.com). The main focus is on polymer clay, but there are references to beading, making polymer clay beads, and links to online suppliers of jewelry making supplies as well as polymer clay.

Medievalist
10-19-2011, 03:00 AM
Also, though it's sort of in hiatus right now, Elise Mattheson's Bead of the Month club (http://botmo.livejournal.com/profile), and Elise herself (http://lioness.net/) as an artist and teacher, are both fabulous.

CACTUSWENDY
10-19-2011, 04:00 AM
In the middle of the night I bid on the pendents on Ebay. I have had a ball with that. I can buy for about a dollar or less and only buy the free ship stuff. W00t! Pig heaven there.

Their beads are not much of a deal though. I have bought through Dollarbead.com and for general beads that is a good site for me. I like to go to Micheal's to see lots of choices on beads.

I am looking into fishing line choices for the threads. If you are careful about your choice you can get it a lot cheaper than bead thread. I have not invested into the real gold/silver findings much yet. I just hate to spend that kind of money for costume jewelry.

I have a large batch of New Mexico blue/green turquoise . that I am going to recycle and will want to use real St. silver for it.

Filigree
10-19-2011, 09:46 AM
Unless you get them on crazy good sale, Michael's is waaay too pricey on their beads.

CACTUSWENDY
10-19-2011, 11:27 AM
Yes, Micheal's costs a lot. But I like to look at the different styles they have on display.

Just a few doors down from the one close to my house is a bead shop. It is huge and carries tons of stuff. But It too has high prices. It's not a wholesale place.

kikazaru
10-19-2011, 03:04 PM
Has anyone mentioned "Artbeads" yet? I buy often from this site especially when they have sales. I really like the fact that shipping to Canada is CHEAP!!
http://www.artbeads.com/?cmp=psg&gclid=CIWElYHL9KsCFR1ggwodClt0VA

When I'm looking for vintage, "Splendor in the Glass" is good, but it's pricier.
http://www.splendorintheglass.net/

Another great source is yard sales. I often buy necklaces, bracelets etc for less than a $1.00 (and many times they have silver components) just to cannibalize for parts.

Also if you are looking on ebay, check out the "as is" or "for repair" in the title. Cool stuff can be had, if you have the time to look.

sunandshadow
10-20-2011, 08:17 AM
Does anyone know the name of this shape of bead? The store the picture is from lists them as split-leaf or petal-leaf but no one else has anything called either of those.
http://www.laughingbirdbeads.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/aventurinesplitleaf.jpg.w300h305.jpg

TheIT
10-20-2011, 08:39 AM
Hmm... no luck on the Fire Mountain shape charts. They're pretty, whatever they are... :D


Does anyone know the name of this shape of bead? The store the picture is from lists them as split-leaf or petal-leaf but no one else has anything called either of those.
http://www.laughingbirdbeads.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/aventurinesplitleaf.jpg.w300h305.jpg

CACTUSWENDY
10-20-2011, 08:45 AM
Nope...don't know that one.

Yes....yard sales ...love it.

I can get broaches on Ebay for like 1.01. They are soooo pretty. But I like the bling stuff, so my tastes might be different from you guys. I'm not into the earth looks much. When I get some pictures done up I will try to make a closed blog site and put the addy on here for just us to see. Also, I am real new at all this, so I'm sure my stuff is baby compared to you all. :tongue

D.M.Drake
10-20-2011, 09:22 AM
I used to go to http://www.bakerbay.com/ but I never used the web page, I lived close to them. I remember they had great prices, but that was a while ago, I am not sure of market value nowdays :)

D.M.Drake
10-20-2011, 09:23 AM
They also have a clearance section o:

D.M.Drake
10-20-2011, 09:27 AM
Does anyone know the name of this shape of bead? The store the picture is from lists them as split-leaf or petal-leaf but no one else has anything called either of those.
http://www.laughingbirdbeads.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/aventurinesplitleaf.jpg.w300h305.jpg

http://laughingbirdbeads.com/id83.html
The ones you are looking for are on this page :) (I was taught they were called split leaf, don't know if that is accurate though)

Dawno
10-20-2011, 09:38 AM
Thank you Lisa and TheIT for the recommendations :)

Have you checked out Rings & Things (http://www.rings-things.com), FusionBeads (http://www.fusionbeads.com) (especially for Swarovski), & abeadstore.com (http://www.abeadstore.com/)? I usually look at those three plus Artbeads for the best bargain available - depending on who is offering coupons or discounts or having a sale I go to one of those 4 almost every time.

I only use FMG for things I can't find anywhere else and need in bulk to get the best discount level. I've been a bit disappointed in some of their semi-precious stone strands and have gotten a lot of broken or cracked items as well.

Oh, I *love* Antelope Beads (http://www.antelopebeads.com/) for great prices on pewter beads & spacers, plus they carry Kazuri. Another place I've gotten great deals on Beadalon products is JewelrySupply.com (http://www.jewelrysupply.com/). Finally, I prefer SoftFlex (http://www.softflexcompany.com) for my beading wire and you can buy direct from them.

Sign up for all their newsletters, they all offer good coupons and sometimes newsletter only specials.

sunandshadow
10-20-2011, 11:30 AM
http://laughingbirdbeads.com/id83.html
The ones you are looking for are on this page :) (I was taught they were called split leaf, don't know if that is accurate though)
That's the website I linked my image from, but they don't have the colors I want so I was trying to google the shape of bead to locate more from other sellers.

CACTUSWENDY
10-20-2011, 07:26 PM
Just a thought. Could you buy what color they have them and then paint to the color you need?

(Not sure that can be done.)

sunandshadow
10-21-2011, 01:16 AM
Just a thought. Could you buy what color they have them and then paint to the color you need?

(Not sure that can be done.)
The point of using semiprecious stone beads instead of something cheaper and more workable like wood is the stone's natural beauty and prestige-value. Some kinds of stone can be dyed and don't look too fake, but it's not something I have the tools or workspace to do. I could theoretically carve beads that shape out of wood and paint them whatever color I wanted, it's an interesting idea I'll consider in the future, but in this specific case I wanted them in a stone matching another stone I already chose for a necklace.

Shadowflame
10-22-2011, 12:34 AM
Afternoon all.

CactusWendy. Depending on what beads you want, FireMountian is a good place but also check out Ship Wreck Beads (http://www.shipwreckbeads.com/). Since I do more organic and Native style work, I mostly order from there. Also, if you know you have some favorite colors, go ahead and BUY IN BULK. Much cheaper in the long run.

I've not done as much work now that I am writing more but here is some of my work :
While this isn't updated, it is some of the stuff I did a few years back http://www.beadartists.org/Shadow

I finished this one last year. http://wp.me/pCGdv-4Q

I've got some others sitting around waiting for me to finish them. If you have questions please feel free to PM me.

Filigree
10-22-2011, 02:37 AM
I'd forgotten about Bead Artists.org. I'll have to join up, so I can post a few pics. My stuff has made into 'Your Work' in Bead & Button Magazine a couple of times, and several exhibitions sponsored by Interweave Press and other publishers. I've been distracted by writing and book arts, and neglected my beadwork.

Shadowflame
10-23-2011, 06:51 PM
:D and I forgot I had a pattern featured in this Seasons of Glass (http://www.amazon.com/Art-Bead-Jewelry-Seasons-Glass/dp/0871162806)

I loved the focal bead.

CACTUSWENDY
10-24-2011, 12:10 AM
So many neat sites.....now is when I wish I had tons of money.....;)

Filigree
10-24-2011, 12:20 AM
Like writing a novel, a really useful bead collection doesn't happen overnight.
I've been haunting thrift shops and bead stores since 1985, and I have enough loot to stock a small store. I also use it up. Drives accountants crazy when I try to explain that it is all art stock, and I may not use it for years. Had one 'cleaning expert' tell me I should discard anything I haven't looked at in five years. I looked back and said 'You're not an artist, I take it?"

MaryMumsy
10-24-2011, 02:38 AM
Filigree: You sound like my cousin in So-Cal. She is always buying stuff at thrift shops and yard sales to take apart. I keep my eyes open for her over here, too. She sells at craft shows, and I have no idea how she reports to her accountant.

MM

CACTUSWENDY
10-24-2011, 03:10 AM
I hear that. About the cannibalizing. I wish I could get out more and hunt through yard sales.

I already am trying to figure out how to store some of my stuff. It is amazing how fast the stock grows. :D

Filigree
10-24-2011, 09:59 PM
I spent two weeks a few years ago, working a couple of hours in the evening, just sorting all my glass bead stock into broad color categories. Then bagging everything. It's still a pain to go through, and the multi-bin is up to my chin, but it helps. I still haven't really sorted my gemstone and pearl stock.

A local eyeglass-chain company that I know has a back room with two walls entirely filled with small clear bins. Each separate bead-type is in its own bin, with stock number and company of origin. If I'm ever wealthy enough to have a studio, I'll tweak their system.

I've become very good at cruising through my local thrift stores and garage sales, and keeping my game face on when I see really good Czech glass, carved bone or old ivory, gemstone or decent enamel pieces. A lot of time, the sorters at thrift stores don't know jade from plastic or glass.

CrastersBabies
10-25-2011, 10:43 AM
I bead, or just started to in the summer.

After I finished my Master's thesis, my brain was so utterly fried that I needed something to do with my hands.

I really fell in love with beading. I'm not an expert, but I have a few nice pieces that I'm proud of.

I haven't really gone to a gem show, but hope to soon. I usually buy from fire mountain, I think that's the name of it, but there are a few mom/pop stores around here who sell some interesting beads. The only issue is that they charge so much more than I can get online.

But, online I can't see the beads or feel them or touch them.

Kind of a trade-off I guess. :)

I haven't done anything terribly intricate. I'm still learning what the best threads are, how to tighten up my work better, etc.

sunandshadow
10-25-2011, 11:39 AM
Has anyone ever custom-ordered carved beads, carved their own beads, or worked in a company making batches of carved beads? I'd really like to get more insight into that process.

CACTUSWENDY
10-25-2011, 12:08 PM
Not me sun.

I also would like to make paper beads. Maybe this next summer I will try my hand at them. You can get some real interesting looks with them from what I have seen.

Crasters...Me too. Just starting out but having a ball with them. I am always ready to learn. Good luck to you.

Shadowflame
10-25-2011, 11:48 PM
Seriously If you have questions on threads and techniques, please let me know. I've done just about everything from applique to freeform.

Never worked on any carved beads, but depending on the material would be much like woodcarving. Might look into that too.

CACTUSWENDY
11-01-2011, 07:08 AM
A friend told me tonight about a new show, Project Accessory on Life network, that might be a fun show to catch.

I went online and watched the first program that aired this last Thursday night. I have mixed feelings about it, but am sure I will watch it again. If you get a chance, check it out.

I know I could never work under that kind of pressure. :poke:

I will be sending you a PM shadow about thread types. I have lots of questions.

LilliCray
11-03-2011, 02:04 AM
OHMIGOSHOMIGOSHOMIGOSH!!! When did this forum pop up??? And this thread????? SQUEEEEE!!!!!

...ahem. I'm a little excited. I'm sure you couldn't tell at all. :D

I love beading. I've been obsessively beading for a little over a year now, though I have limited stock, limited funds, and limited time/inspiration to bead... but I seriouslyseriously love it. And I love cannibalizing jewelry. My mom and I got a whole huge jewelry box just packed with some awesome vintage jewelry for 20 bucks at a Goodwill, and I've gotten some really interesting pieces out of those parts.


I also would like to make paper beads. Maybe this next summer I will try my hand at them. You can get some real interesting looks with them from what I have seen.


Oooh, paper beads! I have a fair number of those that I've made, and a huge pile of pages from magazines waiting to be turned into beads when I have the time... for some completely unknown reason, my mom started randomly receiving Glamor magazine. O.O Neither of us read that sort of magazine, but it has beautiful, beautiful colors and excellent paper for beads, so I've gotten some really nice materials out of it. And we don't know where the subscription came from, but the magazines were addressed to my mom, so we figured we might as well get some use out of them and conventionally recycle the rest. :D

I'm seriously psyched about this forum. Is this like super-new, or am I just completely blind? 'Cause this is awesome.

CACTUSWENDY
11-03-2011, 09:09 AM
I'm so glad you found us. W00t!

This last week I have been getting some of my orders of supplies in and expect two more big ones this week.

I have seven all done, necklaces, except for the ends of them. They will be coming in this week. I have about 35 done so far hanging on childrens hangers.(It saves space.) and I can hang the earrings and rings on them too.

That's what I need to do is order some kind of mag. so I will have the paper for the beads this summer. (Makes note)

I already gave my daughter about 25 sets to 'display' at her job and she is creating lots of comments and inquiries. Right after Thanksgiving I will be ready to sell them. No two alike.

Like I said on up in this thread I like the bling stuff. Not much into what I term 'old lady beads'. (Earth tones and such.) I know there is a big market for the earth stuff but I enjoy the splash more.

I am still taking baby steps but love how it flows. It's almost like painting a picture. When we get the pictures done up I have a web site that will be password only and will post just for our eyes only. I think it will be fun to see what everyone is doing. Will let you all know when that is ready.

Don't forget tomorrow night and the Project Accessory on Life network. Check their web site for times in your area.

LilliCray
11-03-2011, 04:13 PM
Heh, I tend to prefer earth tones, but I like working with brighter colors, too. (Not that I'd wear the brighter colors, but... that's beside the point. I don't wear jewelry much, I just like to make it! :D)

I reallyreally need a job so I can get money for crimp beads. I have, like, four crimp beads left. O.O State of emergency, supply-wise! Hah.

CACTUSWENDY
11-03-2011, 05:36 PM
Snickers....lol

I got lots of crimps...here...........grab some.

I don't wear jewelry either any more, but I love to make it.

MaryMumsy
11-03-2011, 10:15 PM
Wendy, you don't need to buy mags for the paper to make beads. Just ask neighbors if they have mags they would give you instead of recycling them. If you still lived in Sc, I could give you a lifetime supply.

MM

LilliCray
11-04-2011, 12:25 AM
I love that I'm not the only one who uses the word "cannibalize" for buying jewelry from yard sales and such and taking them apart for the beads and such. My sister thinks that word is just hilarious. "You're not a piece of jewelry!" Oh, the joys of those who don't bead... (Just kidding, she's awesome. She just doesn't understand the word usage there. :D)

Hey, Wendy, what sort of patterns or techniques or whatever were you thinking of using for the paper beads? I love making paper beads, but the only way I know how turns out some nice sort of football-shaped beads, and I was thinking of trying something new... of course, it's not like I really have the materials for making paper beads here at college, but... :tongue

Does anyone else here use fishing line for thread? I have a spool of 700 yards of four-pound line sitting on my desk for those rare moments I get to bead between schoolwork and the computer (:tongue), and I totally love it. Nice and strong, hangs as well as regular thread if you use heavy enough beads... but sometimes if you don't have heavy enough beads, it doesn't hang right, anyway. :( I made an awesome necklace from fishing line though, for my almost-stepmother, and it ended up looking like the bead clumps were strung on air between crimp beads. Totally awesome. (Wish I'd gotten a picture... ><)

Filigree
11-04-2011, 02:33 AM
LilliCray, think twice about using fishing line. It may look like some of the thin polyester beading thread, but cheaper brands of fishing line tend to get brittle and crack under heat or chemical stress (like sweat). You are better off using a thread made specifically for beading.

LilliCray
11-04-2011, 05:15 AM
You are better off using a thread made specifically for beading.

I'd love to, but there's no way I could afford it. :( Too expensive for way too little of the material. (Is beading thread available in bulk? I wonder if that would be more affordable...)

Then again, I've never exactly had money to spare, so pretty much everything is too expensive for too small an amount...

What about chain maille? Does anyone else work with that? I love chain maille. I tried to do a Persian weave, I think 3-in-1? Maybe? Can't remember. It looked really pretty, but I could not figure out how to work it. Supposedly it was one of the easier weaves to do, too. TT.TT

CACTUSWENDY
11-04-2011, 06:01 AM
I have been toying with some ideas about the paper beads. The standard way is to use the long triangle shaped pieces of paper to roll. I think if you change the shape of the paper you roll you could get a different shape in the end. Why not experiment with some. On several sites that have videos of how to make them I see they have different shapes I have not yet sat down and looked at them yet. Just type in paper beads and scan down to the ones that have instructions. I found several sites that way.

I did some research on fishing line and Shadowflame also helped me out with the kind to get. i have some ordered and hope it works out. You have to really read up on it. There are so many different types. I'l let you know what I think about it later.

I too understand about the money issue. I wish I could spend as much as i would like. (I would have to get a bigger place....lol)

Good luck with your stuff.

sunandshadow
11-05-2011, 12:21 PM
Wow, I was thinking of getting a bulk bag of shark teeth to make some jewelry out of but they turn out to be more expensive than semi-precious stones. o.O

Filigree
11-05-2011, 01:24 PM
You just have to be on the prowl for bargains, and it can take a few years to build up stock. Don't rely on just one source's price for anything.

sunandshadow
11-08-2011, 03:46 AM
What is this white bead made of? The round white one with natural slots in it. I couldn't find any in either shell or bone categories, but I know it's a natural material and you see it all the time in beach jewelry.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41p0Kty4yYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Filigree
11-08-2011, 06:08 PM
Looks like a fish vertebra, to me.

sunandshadow
11-08-2011, 10:15 PM
Aha! *thumbs up* fish bone bead turns up plenty of these little suckers. Thanks! :)

CACTUSWENDY
11-13-2011, 07:30 AM
Very interesting week.

I got a big order from Fire Mountain on Tuesday. You would have thought I was a little kid on Christmas morning. I had a great time. Then on Friday got another box from Fire. Woot.

Needless to say I have been busy creating, doing my best not to go blind.

I noticed that some of the sale stuff from Fire has 'Blue Moon' on it so, I went over to their site. Sigh. I am just sure I will be having a break down from all the choices just any minute now. :D Add this site to the others I have and my oh my. Such pretties.....lol

I will be busy all weekend with this stuff.

What is everyone else up to?

Filigree
11-14-2011, 11:41 PM
I don't know if Blue Moon went belly-up or just had a meltdown, but they were selling some neat stuff through Michael's and Jo-Ann a few years ago.
Fire Mountain must have bought out stock. I've noticed some showing up at 80% off at Tuesday Morning, too.

Pity -- the beads were originally way over-priced, but very pretty.

Jamiekswriter
11-18-2011, 01:29 AM
I tried chain maille once. It took a few hours for my eyes to uncross. :P

I just bought a rotating circular earring stand and I'm working on filling that up with holiday earrings to sell at my office's craft fair. I got some really cute ceramic and lampwork beads from Rings and Things. Mushrooms, Cupcakes, Lady bugs, Rubber Duckies, and of course Mittens, Christmas trees, starlight mint beads.

I wish I could figure out how to do a simple wire wrap. I've been shown how to do it. I've watched vids on it on you tube. It's like my head has a mental block.

I love Fire Mountain Gems. I love getting to that next level for the discount!!!

I just bought a strand of lapis lazuli in an oval shape. I strung it with gold spacers, but it doesn't lie right on my neck. I think I'm going to have to do mostly round beads, the spacers and then the ovals for accent.

Cool thread!! Thanks for posting!

Filigree
11-18-2011, 03:29 AM
You need two pairs of pliers, with rubber-coated jaws, to do wire wrapping well. If vids don't work, can you follow step-by-step pictures instead? Lots of great books out there on wire-wrapping, and many magazines cover it as well. Try your local library, maybe?

Filigree
11-18-2011, 03:31 AM
Oh, yeah, and for real insanity, someday try *soldered* links in chain maille.
That gets tricky in a hurry, but it's smoother and stronger than all the Ren Faire stuff you see.

CACTUSWENDY
11-18-2011, 04:56 AM
I have two pieces of 'different' things that I am trying to find the value of. Am thinking of taking to jewelry place and see what they say.

One is an old New Mexico turquoise necklace that the pendant is like about four inches long, two and half inches wide, almost 1/2 inch thick, and weights a ton. lol. It is in the shape of a leaf. The rest of it are chunks of turquoise in descending size. This is all on a silver cord. It's really an amazing piece.

I was told many years ago that because it is 'sealed' turquoise that the value was cut in half. At that time it had a value of $500.00. I was wondering if turquoise has gone up say in the last twenty years?

The other piece is a 'shoulder shawl'. It is all done in man made pearls. It's length is a bit longer than the mid part of your arm. It looks great with a strapless out fit. It is white in color and must have a million pearls in it. (From size 6mm to 10 mm, with drops off the pearl fringe.)

I have yet to have anyone look at this. It was acquired about 15 years ago. The workmenship is super. (Think lace looking.) I am planning on selling these this next year. (Momma needs a newer car....lol)

If I can figure out how to scan, paste, and copy to this area will see about sharing.

I just got the 2012 FireMountain catalog a few days ago.....sigh.
Talk about pig heaven. 1500 pages of sheer dreams. Makes the mind go nuts for this next year.

MaryMumsy
11-18-2011, 05:48 AM
For the turquoise piece check with Bahti Indian Arts. When I lived in Tucson they were the premiere place to go for Indian goods. They are at 4330 N Campbell. 577-0290. If I was looking for a place to take any of my old pieces, and I was still in Tucson, that's where I would go. They sometimes buy outright, and they also consign.

I have no clue regarding the pearl piece. Sounds like something for Antiques Roadshow. You might look around for a high end antiques shop. I know some 'costume' jewelry from the 40s-60s is worth a fair amount of money.

MM

CACTUSWENDY
11-18-2011, 06:11 AM
Cool. Will check into those places. Thanks a million. :D

czig
11-18-2011, 06:18 AM
When I was beading full time, I'd go to regional gem shows in NorCal a few times a year, and Arizona for the big shows. It was like a drug habit... so spendy, and all I'd get for my money was a little zip lock bag of goodies. Then I'd sell them all so I could buy more!

These days I just favorite pretty handmade focal beads I find on Etsy. I need to sell off my old stuff before I can justify buying anything new.

MaryMumsy
11-19-2011, 08:22 AM
Wendy, I had a thought (hey, it happens, not often, but it happens) about your pearl piece. Country Living magazine has a monthly feature of what is it/what is it worth.

countryliving.com/whatisit

That's for how to submit an item for consideration to be placed in the magazine.

MM

CACTUSWENDY
11-19-2011, 09:41 AM
Oh neat. Makes note of addy and runs off to check it out. (((((YOU)))))

Filigree
11-20-2011, 10:28 AM
Costume historians might also have an idea. They're where the magazines go for expert advice. I don't a specific addy, but keywords might help.
Check if any museums in your area have a costume collection. Good luck!

CACTUSWENDY
11-20-2011, 10:55 AM
Interesting info. Thanks....woot!

CACTUSWENDY
12-05-2011, 05:10 AM
I have had a head cold for two weeks. Sigh. Talk about the 'lost weekend' effect. lol

My daughter has been selling some of my stuff at her work place. She wears in it and they buy from her right there. She goes out to her car and puts on another piece, puts it on, and goes back in....repeat. lol

While I was sick I did some checking into doing some cameos. I think they are so pretty. I would like to make them in sets. Mom, daughter, grandma/MIL. Make them like family heirlooms.

How is everyone else doing? Any new ideas for Spring/Summer bouncing around in your head yet?

Filigree
12-05-2011, 05:55 AM
I dug out some sterling round wire in different gauges last night, a ring mandrel, pliers, and snips. Made a random woven-wire ring with a carved and frosted rock crystal bead dangling off the front. Kind of steam-punk, kind of gothic, especially after I blacked it with oxidizer and polished just the tops of the wires. So now I have a cool little cocktail ring. It gave me ideas for a matching wirework mask in blackened silver and crystal.

Why, when silver is so expensive, do I have to be reminded of all the truly gonzo pieces of wirework I want to make?

CACTUSWENDY
12-05-2011, 09:42 AM
That sounds neat Fili.

I understand about the price of silver and gold. Never fails. lol

This next week I plan on getting back into the grind of making more stuff. You know it's bad when you even have dreams about them. :D

LilliCray
12-05-2011, 10:06 PM
Ooooh, that sounds like an awesome piece, Filigree!

I recently got a soldering iron, so I'm really hoping to be able to work on some basic wirework pieces over the winter break. I'm not sure what yet, but since it's mostly just experimentation anyway since I haven't done much wirework before, particularly with soldering, I'll probably try a lot of very odd and not-very-good-looking experiments. I'm inordinately excited about it. :D Also, if I get semi-decent at soldering, I'm going to see what super-fun things I can make with chain maille.

I'm not sure what I'll be making for Christmas gifts yet, but since my family's Christmas won't be until they get up here in January or so, I have slightly more time before I have to freak out about that. Sigh... All I know is they'll be beaded gifts. Of some kind. Probably.

Shadowflame
12-05-2011, 11:42 PM
I picked up about $80 worth of seed beads last week from a gal who didn't want them any more for about half of what they were worth. :D

CACTUSWENDY
12-06-2011, 12:36 AM
Wow. That's a deal. Sounds like a lot of them too. Have fun.

Filigree
12-06-2011, 01:48 AM
LilliCray, make sure your soldering iron can do the higher-temp silver solders. Do not use soft solder to make jewelry: the lead-free soft solders don't have the strength, and the lead-based ones will poison you.

CACTUSWENDY
12-06-2011, 04:14 AM
Dang....what kind do you have to use?

Filigree
12-06-2011, 06:45 AM
Rather than re-invent the wheel, hit up the folks who already know. If you have a local jewelry-making supplier, ask. Online companies have FAQ's and contact emails for your questions. Many library books will cover soldering, in the hobby and craft section.

Anyway, hard, soft, and medium silver solders exist, usually an alloy of silver and tin with other goodies mixed in. I won't even use the softer ones, because their sheer strength isn't much over that of a wet cereal box. Medium and hard silver solders will melt at higher temps, and provide varying strengths. You may need a mini-torch to use them, unless your soldering iron is rated for really high heat. Have something fireproof to do it on. Keep two bowls of cold water handy: one to quench the project between heatings, and one to dip your scorched fingers.

The standard 'plumbing type' soft solders may not have lead in them anymore (check the packaging!), but they have the horrible tendency to 'scar' your silver or copper pieces if you overheat the joint. They're weak. And they often cool to a dull gray tone that won't match the warmer white of silver solder.

Oh, and even though copper is still pricey, it's way less than silver right now. I'd say make a proper mess with a bunch of copper wires from the hardware store. This has two advantages, not counting cost: 1) You won't be so worried about 'wasting materials' that you freeze up, and 2) If you come up with anything you really love, you can always have it gold or silver-plated.

Doing torch or soldering-iron hotwork opens up many new frontiers for jewelry makers. It's worth the hassle to learn.

Shadowflame
12-06-2011, 07:35 PM
Once my BF has a job again we will be setting up my torch again. I miss making beads! (pyromaniac at heart)

Filigree
12-07-2011, 08:20 AM
Changed out the rock crystal bead for a blue spinel dangle I'd made years ago, and now I love this ring. So much, I made it my new avatar for a while.

CACTUSWENDY
12-07-2011, 08:42 AM
That is so pretty. Nice work.

Shadowflame
12-07-2011, 08:00 PM
I like that Nice work

CrastersBabies
12-13-2011, 09:33 PM
I'm just not as good with metal as I want to be. I can't make nice loops! They are either too big wrapping around or they are off-kilter. Ugh!

CACTUSWENDY
12-14-2011, 10:57 AM
How is everyone doing?

Over the weekend I went out to see my daughter and take her some new stuff I made. I was pleased that she gave me some money she got from selling some of my stuff to the gals she works with. :D

(Wish I could do that with my written work. lol)

This week I have been putting together some necklaces for little girls. They are so cute and pretty. Hope they feel like little queens when they wear them. ;)

After Christmas I plan on putting together some cameo sets. Thought I would make them for mommy, daughter, and grandma. They could kind of start handing them down for generations to come. I think it will be fun to do.

Also plan on doing some blinging up on some cuff bracelets. I like the way you can stain and develop looks. Anyone here ever do any of them?

What all are you all working on?

Filigree
12-14-2011, 07:30 PM
I'm considering opening an Etsy.com store to get rid of some old projects.

Snowstorm
12-14-2011, 07:45 PM
Great thread, cactuswendy! I'm just learning tatting, and tatters can use beads in the pieces. I'm a noob when it comes to beads, so this thread has been a great resource.

Snowstorm
12-14-2011, 07:48 PM
I checked out your blog (http://beadedbadgelanyards.blogspot.com/), Dawno. Holy bling, Batman! Beautiful work! And that convention looked like it was a hoot.

Shadowflame
12-14-2011, 08:58 PM
Been crocheting my fingers off for presents this year lol.

However, I'm trading some beadwork for an online writing workshop starting in Jan. I wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise.

CACTUSWENDY
12-14-2011, 09:23 PM
My mom was a tatter. She could not slow down the shuttle slow enough for me to follow/see how/what she was doing. She made some really pretty things.

I like to crochet but have not done any in a number of years. (You can only make so many blankets.....lol) I never progressed to much of anything else with it.

Filigree
12-15-2011, 12:13 AM
I dug around and found this image of a gourd-stitch and right-angle-weave stitch beadwork collar. I did this in 2000, and it's long since been sold. But it was a fun piece. The clasp is silver, the white dangles are moonstone. The rest is glass seed beads, in a motif of rose vines wrapping a metal cable.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/RoseCollar.jpg

CrastersBabies
12-15-2011, 01:14 AM
Absolutely stunning work. Holy Cow!!!!

I have a question for beaders out there. Do you know of any way to fasten a bracelet without using metal? I'm making my mother a bracelet for Christmas but she is allergic to all metal (gold, silver, platinum). Freakishly allergic. Do they have bone or other type toggles? Or, any other ideas?

Filigree
12-15-2011, 01:32 AM
Many companies sell shell or bone toggles. You can use glass, shell, or wooden buttons, too. And Bead & Button Magazine has had numerous articles on how to build a toggle clasp with different beadwork stitches.
Imagine, a toggle that matches your project!

Here's a relatively easy one: cut a thin 1/8" wooden dowel or stick into a piece 1" to 1.5" long. Paint it or stain it to hide the raw wood. Encase it in herringbone, right-angle weave, or gourd stitch tube. Cap the ends with larger round beads. Make a central collar to wrap around the toggle, stitch it in place, then make a beaded loop to attach it to your necklace or bracelet project. All you have to do then is make a loop of seed beads just big enough to slip over the toggle, sew that to the other end of the piece, and you're done.

For bracelets, I always include a loosely-woven beaded safety strap about 2" to 3.5" long. Should the toggle come off, the bracelet will stay on the wearer's wrist long enough for them to notice it's loose.

CACTUSWENDY
12-15-2011, 03:18 PM
Oh Fili, that is so pretty. It looks very time consuming too. Wow.

I ran across another site for cheaper supplies the other day. It is

Aliexpress.com

What a fun time eating site. :D But, the prices are great. I have ordered some things. Will let you know the quality when I get them.

Shadowflame
12-15-2011, 07:10 PM
Absolutely stunning work. Holy Cow!!!!

I have a question for beaders out there. Do you know of any way to fasten a bracelet without using metal? I'm making my mother a bracelet for Christmas but she is allergic to all metal (gold, silver, platinum). Freakishly allergic. Do they have bone or other type toggles? Or, any other ideas?

You can also make beaded toggles. Pretty easy to do. a few ideas:

Make a tube with peyote or brick stitch, just wide enough to slip through a loop on the other side.

You can do the same with a button or bead. Just make sure the loop doesn't slip off.

or make the cuff just wide enough for her to slip her hand through.

Shadowflame
12-15-2011, 07:11 PM
Oh and very very pretty Filigree

Filigree
12-15-2011, 07:52 PM
Thanks! It took about a month to do, working only one or two hours a day.
The dignified lady who eventually bought it has no idea it was inspired by a very campy Japanese manga from the 70's and 80's. I'm not going to tell her, either.

Filigree
12-15-2011, 07:55 PM
Dawno, if you're around, how do you like ArtFire.com? $12 a month might not be bad, if they really do all the service and support they claim.

CACTUSWENDY
12-21-2011, 08:50 AM
The last couple of nights I have spent a number of hours searching out something about the 'how to make cotton pearls'. I have been to tons of sites but nothing that gives instructions. I am guessing this is an old technique and appears that in Japan they still make them.

If anyone knows or can direct me to a site that could give me the how part I would be really pleased.

How is everyone doing? If I don't get to say it later.....may you all have a happy holiday time. :D

CrastersBabies
01-01-2012, 12:51 AM
Alright folks, I need help. I have been toying with elastic stretchy "thread" for bracelets and I'm clueless as to how to finish them off so I can't see the dang knots and such. Any ideas?

Filigree
01-02-2012, 12:53 PM
Not me. I run from elastic.

CrastersBabies
01-05-2012, 03:00 AM
I usually don't work with it, but I'm making bracelets for kids (ages 5-7) and I want them to be super durable.

I'm just super picky about leaving knots and such showing. Boo!

Filigree
01-05-2012, 06:37 AM
You could double-tie the knots and hide them inside beads with large holes. When I've got freebie bracelets from Fire Mountain, that's how they do it.

Filigree
01-06-2012, 11:01 AM
This one started with an orange-red CZ marquise pendant I got on ridiculous sale at Michael's. It's been a while since I made a right-angle weave chain, so I wanted to get back into it. Then I had to make a button clasp for it. Then the central slider bead looked lost, so it needed gourd-stitch tapered beads on either side. And, as usual, things got out of hand.

I like it, and it happens to go well with a red silk outfit of mine.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/CraneJewelry--Redandgoldnecklace.jpg

CACTUSWENDY
01-06-2012, 11:12 AM
Very nice. I have not tried the elastic either. I am still a baby. lol

Filigree
01-07-2012, 07:56 AM
I'd forgotten how much I love right-angle weave. It's just so satisfying when it's done well: a super-strong, supple, silky rope of color. It can be filled with an interior cord, but I like to double-weave through all beads so I can have an openwork structure.

Shadowflame
01-10-2012, 09:42 PM
I'd forgotten how much I love right-angle weave. It's just so satisfying when it's done well: a super-strong, supple, silky rope of color. It can be filled with an interior cord, but I like to double-weave through all beads so I can have an openwork structure.

I use various RAW patterns for bases for other projects. It's easy and very sturdy.

Very nice necklace :D

Filigree
01-11-2012, 12:48 AM
It is, but I can't stand the button clasp. I'm going to make a toggle for it later today. The button will get recycled into something else.

Shadowflame
01-11-2012, 07:04 PM
I use all sorts of clasps. Buttons, toggles, metal and snaps. Just depends on the piece I am working on at the time.

Filigree
01-12-2012, 05:44 AM
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/CraneJewelry--Redandgoldnecklace-1.jpg

Here's the new toggle. Much less flashy and more useful.

Arclight
01-23-2012, 06:43 AM
I can't believe there wasn't a thread for this before. I've been beading for about three years. I'm in a bit of a slump right now - this was the first Christmas in two years that I didn't make anything for. But I'm hoping to get back into it by making simple projects just for myself, since most of my projects in the last year were for other people.

Fire Mountain Gems' shipping prices are horrendous for Canadians. The last time I tried to buy something from them, the shipping price was double the price of the actual items. :( I got a few good bargains off Amazon, but I don't have any other online retailers to buy from. I'll have to try Art Beads though, if their shipping is reasonable.

CACTUSWENDY
01-23-2012, 07:00 AM
I'm surprised they don't have a big wholesaler up there. It's a shame on the charges. Good luck.

Filigree
01-23-2012, 06:48 PM
There should be a few good wholesalers in Canada, especially in Toronto or Vancouver. Arclight, have you tried ordering through Shipwreck Beads or Caravan? They're still in the States, but shipping might be a little less.

Shadowflame
01-23-2012, 10:47 PM
I can't believe there wasn't a thread for this before. I've been beading for about three years. I'm in a bit of a slump right now - this was the first Christmas in two years that I didn't make anything for. But I'm hoping to get back into it by making simple projects just for myself, since most of my projects in the last year were for other people.

Fire Mountain Gems' shipping prices are horrendous for Canadians. The last time I tried to buy something from them, the shipping price was double the price of the actual items. :( I got a few good bargains off Amazon, but I don't have any other online retailers to buy from. I'll have to try Art Beads though, if their shipping is reasonable.

Canada post is odd. Friend of ours is going to ship a desktop tower to us. Looked at the regular post, and would have cost about $200 to send it. However when he looked at UPS it was only about $40.

So might see what different shipping methods will cost.

CACTUSWENDY
02-13-2012, 08:35 PM
:snoopy:....so excited.

I went to part of the Gem Show yesterday. Sigh. If I was only a millionaire. :D Such deals. I did pick up some beads at really great prices. The vendors were super nice and very helpful. The choices were non-ending. I only got to go to one main location. Tucson has hundreds of them set up all over the place. I wish I could have found the one that sold pearls. Oh well...I am happy with what I did get to buy.

It's amazing at the real high end stuff that is out there too. I drooled over some things as I watched some ladies buy them like they were penny pieces of candy. :poke:

If any of you ever get a chance to go to one of the shows...go for it.

veinglory
02-13-2012, 09:07 PM
Wow, my stuff is so bodgy compared to what I am seeing here. I just like to drill holes in things and put them on chains... But I will share anyway :)

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lylaauzt9B1r2ukzgo1_500.jpg

Filigree
02-14-2012, 06:54 AM
Hey, those are cool, Veinglory! I like the little horses.

I hit Tucson on Saturday. On a budget, so I didn't go as nuts as I usually do. Two little blue chalcedony cabs, one rainbow druzy quartz teardrop, and a bag of fossil mammoth ivory that will be scrimshaw panels in book art someday. If I had serious money, I'd order a necklace from a channel inlay master I met. I got his card: a girl can dream, can't she?

Shadowflame
02-14-2012, 10:46 PM
I went to the Tuscon shows a few years ago. Picked up a focus bead from Kimberly Aflek, some odd and ends and met a lot of the people I talked to over at some forums. :D fun times. One of these days I'll probably go again.

Jaycinth
02-17-2012, 11:00 PM
I have a very good friend who makes and sells jewelry through his website, Aquarius Custom Jewelry (http://www.aquariuscustomjewelry.com). He uses Fire Mountain for some of his purchases, walks the local woodland and collects stones for polishing, and relies on friends who travel internationally. (African countries, in particular, sell semi-precious stone necklaces in bazzaars. They inexpensive as they are usually strung with cheap twine)

Sometimes he finds components at yard sales.

CACTUSWENDY
02-17-2012, 11:27 PM
Thanks for the link Jay. It's always interesting to see what others are doing.

veinglory
02-18-2012, 12:16 AM
I love making weird things into beads. Right now I have some vintage porcelain teeth (unusual old dental supplies). And also some rattle snake vertebra on order from Ebay.

CACTUSWENDY
02-18-2012, 02:38 AM
Ewwwww

I am such a baby still...not sure about bones yet. :D

Filigree
02-22-2012, 05:29 AM
In honor of Mardi Gras, here is a beaded wire mask I made last year.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranemask--EmeraldPine.jpg

veinglory
02-22-2012, 05:36 AM
Cool, I bet it looks great on.

CACTUSWENDY
02-22-2012, 05:40 AM
That is so cool....only needs some feathers? (I love feathers....lol)

MaryMumsy
02-25-2012, 08:04 AM
In honor of Mardi Gras, here is a beaded wire mask I made last year.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranemask--EmeraldPine.jpg

I want to see you wear that at Desert Dreams. So I'll know who you are ;)

MM

Filigree
02-25-2012, 09:58 AM
I still don't know if I'm going, Mary. The only attending agent whom I've contacted hasn't responded to my query yet, and my other mms is still on sub to 4 e-pubs. Since I don't plan to pitch to any of the editors or agents, the panels are the only real reason to go besides socializing (and I do that here). $255 is a lot for my budget to bear, even if I can write it off as a business expense.

Filigree
02-25-2012, 08:35 PM
Here's another right angle weave necklace I finished last week. It's hard to tell here, but the borosilicate lampwork pendant and the gold-luster beads have a hint of pink under the gold.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--GreenandGoldnecklace.jpg

Shadowflame
03-21-2012, 06:37 PM
Two of the pieces that I'm trading some online writing workshops for (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150891414164569.514250.512474568&type=3).

(hopes that FB isn't a pita and allows everyone to see it)

Filigree
03-22-2012, 04:18 AM
FB is having a snit, I'm afraid.

Filigree
03-22-2012, 09:33 AM
Someday soon, I want to repair or rebuild this thing.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Crane--Greenvest.jpg

It was inspired by some costumes I saw on the Sci-Fi Channel years ago, 'Farscape', I think. The model isn't me. She's someone photographed by Bead & Button Magazine when this piece made it into the 'Your Work' section a few years back. I love this green bead netted over-vest, but I can never sell it. It's too heavy. Some of the threads are weak enough that wearing it would be a one-time piece of performance art, as beads scattered to the far corners of the room. I'd be the class clown if it happened to me, but I'd be *mortified* if it happened to a client.

The next round will need steel cable or Kevlar thread, I think.

Shadowflame
03-22-2012, 11:45 PM
ghhha hate FB sometimes. But try this link (https://plus.google.com/photos/113059498366280581501/albums/5722105638224296225?authkey=CJam-7SZs7H5fg)maybe G+ will work.

oh and from this I got another request for a necklace. :D

and I do love that piece. people don't realize how heavy glass seed beads can get. The vest I did a few years ago (Fully beaded on the front) weighed a good 10-15 lbs once I was done. I ordered almost 7 kilo of beads for it.

Filigree
03-23-2012, 01:13 AM
Linky worked. I love these pieces! The curly weaving is gorgeous.

CACTUSWENDY
03-23-2012, 04:11 AM
Wow. Love the long vest. I can see how it would weigh a lot.

The last link worked. Those are neat.

I am plugging away making stuff. Feel like I am in bead heaven right now.

Thanks for all the shares.

Shadowflame
03-23-2012, 06:20 PM
Linky worked. I love these pieces! The curly weaving is gorgeous.

The necklace or the bracelet?

I let myself play with both of them. The bracelet was supposed to be flat disks but when they started bunching up, I went with it.

The necklace is a beta piece. Had it in my head forever, but never put it together. Pretty pleased with it, as there is very little I'd change. It's heavy though and will seat nicely around the neck.

veinglory
03-23-2012, 07:36 PM
I was wondering how you guys deal with wire-based necklaces. i worry that they are a garroting risk! I put magnetic clasps on them but that won't work with heavier pieces. Am I just being to paranoid and a lobster clasp will be fine?

Shadowflame
03-23-2012, 11:18 PM
Veinglory:
I don't work much with wire. So I can't answer, but I don't see much difference between it and some of the beadwork I do. Mostly the joins on the claps will let go before the individual gets choked.

Jessianodel
03-23-2012, 11:56 PM
Veinglory do you mean using wire as the chain or twisting the wire as the necklace itself?
I used to bead more but I've been too busy lately. And this little bead store I would go to just closed :( I loved going there but I guess they weren't getting enough customers.

Btw: I'm typing on a small iPod screen so I apologize for any mistakes...

veinglory
03-24-2012, 12:01 AM
I mean that a lot of my basic necklaces are based on a single piece of strong wire that wouldn't break if an elephant pulled on it. So the only break point is the clasp. I worry that if the clasp was in a certain position it might not make a good "break point". For example if it somehow got caught. Most are choker length so it isn't a high risk, but i have been thinking about this as a strong wire can cut in even if pulled only moderately hard.

Filigree
03-24-2012, 02:51 AM
Veinglory, most clasp loops will give way before the necklace can do more than pinch. Obviously, the higher-quality findings will be a bit stronger.

The weakest point will almost always be the loops on the findings, no matter what clasp style. If they are soldered shut, the silver, brass, or steel will have to distort and break, which can take some force. If they have a little gap, to be closed with a pair of pliers, then they'll open easily with a strong pull.

Shadowflame, B&B magazine had an article a year or so ago about twisty bead ropes. Did you ever see it? If not, I can scan it and send it if you PM me. And I like both, the necklace and the bracelet.

Shadowflame
03-24-2012, 07:07 PM
Veinglory, most clasp loops will give way before the necklace can do more than pinch. Obviously, the higher-quality findings will be a bit stronger.

The weakest point will almost always be the loops on the findings, no matter what clasp style. If they are soldered shut, the silver, brass, or steel will have to distort and break, which can take some force. If they have a little gap, to be closed with a pair of pliers, then they'll open easily with a strong pull.

Shadowflame, B&B magazine had an article a year or so ago about twisty bead ropes. Did you ever see it? If not, I can scan it and send it if you PM me. And I like both, the necklace and the bracelet.

I probably didn't see it as I don't have a subscription anymore and Walmart doesn't carry the mags very frequently.

The Necklace is done on a variation of a RAW done vertically for the base. After the base is complete, then do a layer of 3 beads per crossing, over that do 5 then 7, you can even do a layer of 9 over that if you feel it needs more fluff. It produces the wave/ripple that looks so lovely. I'll try to get a better photo of it later today.

The bracelet is a pretty common peyote stitch. make a ring with 2 beads in 4 colors x4 (32 beads in the first loop) First row, offset the color so that it will produce a spiral and add 1 bead per stitch. Second row add 2 beads. Third row 1 bead. fourth row 1 bead. Fifth row 3 beads. Sixth row 1 bead, weave tales in. Attach where you feel like you want.
Pretty sure that after row 3 if I added 2 beads it would lay flat but I liked the texture of the loops when it began to curl. :D

Shadowflame
03-28-2012, 10:19 PM
Shadow is a happy girl. She just got an order for something besides writing. -- a necklace. One of my other obsessions. and yes, I will get paid for it! WOOT!

Filigree
04-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Whew. I just rebuilt a necklace from 15 years ago. It was clunky and irregular the first time, but I was too in love with it to see its flaws. They got too much for me finally, so I ripped the sucker apart. Changed a stiff peyote-stitch chain for a supple right-angle weave chain. Added a cabochon at center, and made the original center a drop. A new toggle clasp. Much more detail in the chain.

Now, I'm happy with it.
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--Blue-greenDichronecklace.jpg

tedi.s
04-16-2012, 01:37 PM
You should not only be happy with it but also very proud. It is beautiful work as always !

Filigree
04-17-2012, 05:46 AM
Except that, looking at it just now, I had an epiphany to make the damn
toggle easier: attach the loop BEFORE I sew the peyote-stitch rectangle around the wooden form! Gee, I'll bet that will be much nicer to sew. Broke a needle on this one, trying to bend through the tightly-woven beads.

I'm slow, but I get there eventually. That could actually be my mantra for writing, too.

Shadowflame
04-17-2012, 06:20 PM
Very nice Filigree.

Finished a spiral rope choker and bracelet this weekend. Be taking photos tonight then sending it to the customer tomorrow. :D
Working on another necklace, and have plans for more

Oh and now B has a job, we will probably be setting up my torch again later. I'll be making BEADS again!:snoopy:

Filigree
04-18-2012, 06:00 AM
Hot damn! BEADS. When you get the torch set up, can I commission you to make some beads for me? I've always want to learn lampwork, but it's not in the cards or budget right now.

Filigree
04-18-2012, 01:13 PM
Speaking of beads, oh joy, I just decided I need to add about a kilo of dark-green glass beads to a formal-dress wrap I'm wearing in two weeks. It has one line of glittery beads near the bottom hem, but I think it needs some more. All handwork, sewn the regulation two or three times through the hole before moving on to the next bead.

But it looks hot on me, and more glitter will be fun.

Shadowflame
04-18-2012, 05:32 PM
Hot damn! BEADS. When you get the torch set up, can I commission you to make some beads for me? I've always want to learn lampwork, but it's not in the cards or budget right now.

of course :D

I'll let you know when we get it set up, but expect a bit of delay as i relearn skills. It's been a few years.

Filigree
04-19-2012, 05:19 AM
That's okay. It will take me time to build up my capital investment money.
The bead and art supply fund has been the subsistence-living fund for around a year, now.

Shadowflame
04-19-2012, 06:03 PM
Definitely understand that. I had no bead and art supply fund for so very long. Glad things are loosening up. :D

Shadowflame
05-01-2012, 08:08 PM
and speaking of bead and art monies, I just spent a bit of cash on BEADS! for the first time in a very long time. (So very glad B has a job now)

Filigree
05-02-2012, 04:34 AM
I will have cash, but no time, since the day job just amped up. I am, however, making a necklace as a thank-you gift for my agent. Similar to the green one I just posted, but in blue and purple.

And sniffling, since my projects lately have kept me in mind of Cactus Wendy, whom I didn't know well enough even though we lived in the same state.

Shadowflame
05-04-2012, 07:26 PM
I know what you mean about Wendy. :( Had to look back at what she had posted in this thread. She will be greatly missed.
Sometimes we think we have all the time in the world.

My body is going crazy. It now thinks that 4 am is a good time to be awake. No I can't write at that time, so looks like it will now be my designated beading time. (or play with the cat time as he sees me awake in bed and wants to play)

Filigree
05-06-2012, 12:55 PM
A new necklace. Chain in right-angle weave with peyote-stitch accents, a dichroic glass cabochon center, and dangly bits. This will be a gift for someone if she likes it - if not, I can wear it until I get bored with it.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--BlueChainnecklace.jpg

TheMist
05-06-2012, 05:54 PM
I love beading!!! I make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and I want to learn how to make rings.

Shadowflame
05-06-2012, 11:56 PM
two new necklaces posted.

Necklace for Jen (https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/113059498366280581501/albums/5739510502809879697)

another for Cat (https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/113059498366280581501/albums/5722105638224296225) - It's the sculptural lariat.

Filigree
05-07-2012, 03:36 AM
Shadowflame, these are gorgeous. Have you ever sent any work into the 'Your Work' section of Bead & Button Magazine, or to Fire Mountain Gems for one of their contests? You should.

Shadowflame
05-07-2012, 06:36 PM
Shadowflame, these are gorgeous. Have you ever sent any work into the 'Your Work' section of Bead & Button Magazine, or to Fire Mountain Gems for one of their contests? You should.

Thank you

and no, I've never done that. Guess I'm too shy to put my work that far out. But maybe I should. ;)

Filigree
05-08-2012, 08:19 AM
Do it. Soon. PM me for linkies to make it easier. Honestly, you're ready.

BTW, I'm redoing the green necklace I posted on 4/15. It's not gaudy enough now, and doesn't have enough dangles.

Sigh. I'm only done with these things when people buy them from me, or I give them away. And only then because 'No, damn it, I like the way it is, I'm not sending it back!' is the usual answer to me asking for a re-do.

Shadowflame
05-09-2012, 07:39 PM
Do it. Soon. PM me for linkies to make it easier. Honestly, you're ready.

BTW, I'm redoing the green necklace I posted on 4/15. It's not gaudy enough now, and doesn't have enough dangles.

Sigh. I'm only done with these things when people buy them from me, or I give them away. And only then because 'No, damn it, I like the way it is, I'm not sending it back!' is the usual answer to me asking for a re-do.

I understand about the tinkering part. I have a necklace I finished last year and while looking at it this morning, decided it was imbalanced near the focal bead. guess what I'll be doing when I'm not writing this weekend....

and PM sent. :D

Shadowflame
05-10-2012, 07:36 PM
Slightly in shock this morning. Brought my pieces to work.

I might have sold 2 that I never would have thought someone would buy.
Had a request for another piece and a request to teach some little girls some simple stitches. :D

Color me happy!

Filigree
05-11-2012, 06:35 AM
Craft Rule #1: You can't sell it if you don't make it.

Craft Rule #2: You'll never sell it if you don't show it to people.

(Shockingly enough, these apply to writing, too.)

Good for you, Shadowflame!

Filigree
05-11-2012, 08:14 AM
'Green Glow Necklace', second revision. Now with extra dangles!

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--GreenGlownecklace.jpg

Filigree
05-11-2012, 08:20 AM
From about 12 years ago (at least), a bead doll awaiting a new dress. Which I can give her now that I'm remembering how to do right-angle weave. I included this shot so that brave people can see the assembly and copy it if they want.

I learned this technique in 1991 in Tucson at a friend's house, where she had a little beaded horse made the same way. The white glass 'hand' beads came from a local bead supplier in AZ, but I've used little leaf beads for hands, as well.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/BeadDoll.jpg

Shadowflame
05-11-2012, 06:06 PM
Very very nice!

and yes your rules definitely apply. I just haven't shown people for a while because i was in a huge slump. But things are much better now. B and I discussed what I should do with the money (if the person buys the pieces) and he told me to reinvest in more beads! WOOT
Gota love a man who loves you doing what you love. :D

Shadowflame
05-22-2012, 08:33 PM
Well, had a great weekend.
Saturday, B and I went to the Bead Retreat. Showed some of my stuff and was immediately harassed by questions on why I didn't set up a booth for at least trades and possibly sales. 1) I didn't have enough stuff to do trades and 2) we didn't get there until the bead show was nearly over 3) I don't have stuff right now to set up WITH! lol

Later I was asked if I had made any tutorials or considered doing my own books. I've done a few easy classes before, but I had not considered doing a book, or a tutorial until now.

What do you think?

Oh and B learned a LOT on what I'm going to need for a glass studio. Torch, ventilation, source of oxygen, different kinds of glass. I'm afraid his poor head was spinning by the time we went home!

Filigree
06-04-2012, 04:49 PM
I've had this jade dragon pendant for nearly a decade, and dug out some seafoam green and complementary seed beads for the chain. It turned out rather nice.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--SeafoamDragon.jpg

This pale blue, lavender, and iridescent gold chain is a gift for an agent who gave me some contract help a couple of months ago.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--PaleGold-Bluechain.jpg

Shadowflame
06-04-2012, 06:32 PM
Very nice :D

Last week I completed 3 necklaces:
1 a daisy chain variant with zig-zag trim that I'm going to use as a name badge lariat
2 spiral chains 20 inches the first crystal with purple iris and matte garnet bugles the second dark red with white and black

B tried on the first spiral chain and damn if the pattern (Not the colors) looked good on him. I've seldom seen men wearing beadwork (except at pow-wows and historical reenactments) so maybe if he wears it we can get a fad going among guys.

Started a choker last night. going to use the ripple pattern. So nice when the muse speaks clearly so I know what I'm trying to do ;)

Filigree
06-05-2012, 05:27 AM
Some of the Japanese seed beads have really interesting bronze or steel colors that would look great on a guy, I think.

I'm still figuring out a pattern to make steampunk 'gears' out of seed beads and two-hole 'Tila' beads. That would look good on a guy, as long as I keep it from being too fussy.

Shadowflame
06-06-2012, 05:46 PM
Oh the gears pattern is pretty easy actually. I've got ideas using a modified circular herringbone pattern in my head either that or a circular peyote. Depends on what the muse says, I might try that next! lol

Oh and speaking of steampunk, I've gone off the deep end. B and I are getting married, probably next year. I'm insisting on eloping as I DON"T want a wedding. However, we will have to do the reception/dinner thing to satisfy family/friend obligations. And well, I'm thinking I have my theme! Since most of my family thinks I'm off my rocker anyway, might as well walk on over to the WTF territory. I think it'd be hellofa fun. Been looking at corsets and skirts and such. B would look fantastic. But I haven't suggested it to him yet. maybe this weekend

Filigree
06-07-2012, 04:07 AM
I've seen some great steampunk wedding photos online and in lifestyle mags. Go for it!

Filigree
06-30-2012, 04:18 AM
I re-did the blue necklace from earlier, because I hated the dangles. Now I like it.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--BlueLeafnecklace.jpg

Shadowflame
07-02-2012, 08:06 PM
ohhhh pretty pretty pretty :D

let's see, finished 1 necklace, plans on 3 more. working on finishing an afghan for my future FIL (2 ft more to go!) and learned to knit... *hides from the guys in the straight jackets*

Filigree
07-02-2012, 09:21 PM
Ah, knitting. I'm all thumbs there. Good luck!

Shadowflame
07-02-2012, 11:27 PM
well don't know too much about it yet as I've taught myself from some youtube videos Sticking with simple knit and purl cotton facecloths for now.

Filigree
08-19-2012, 08:02 AM
The latest obsession - patterns for steampunk gears in beadwork.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--bronzeambersteampunk.jpg

I added a catch chain to the clasp, since this is heavy enough to maybe open by accident. The 'gears' are
right-angle weave tubes joined together and filled by spoke designs. The 'gear teeth' are repeating patterns of
seed-beads framing square or round amber pressed-glass beads, attached to the outer edges of the tubes.

Filigree
08-19-2012, 08:22 PM
And here it is with a catch chain.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--bronzeambersteampunk-1.jpg

MaryMumsy
08-19-2012, 09:14 PM
Beautiful stuff, Filigree.

MM

Filigree
08-20-2012, 04:26 AM
Thanks, Mary. This is some of the stuff I was going to get into this year's CopperCon - or maybe even do a charity donation. But they're not having an art show, apparently, and no one ever got back to my inquiries on some other programming issues. So I'm saving gasoline and money, and staying at home to write and do art.

Filigree
08-27-2012, 03:17 AM
I've been doing beadwork since 1985, which means I have a lot of seed beads leftover from too many projects to count. Most of the time the surplus just lives in plastic bags marked with the primary color range.

I dig out the blue/green bag recently, after seeing a really great beaded gemstone scarf on a high-fashion website. I wanted to do my version from much cheaper glass seed beads, and here it is:

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry-multiscarf.jpg

4"x46" netting stitch in multicolored glass seed beads, size 111, 12, and 8.

Filigree
08-27-2012, 10:23 PM
Another view of the scarf. While I probably can't sell it for enough to recoup the 10 hours of work, it will be fun to wear around. Turns out it is 56" long.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry-multiscarf2.jpg

Shadowflame
08-30-2012, 03:09 AM
Ohh very pretty.

I've finished the afghan (YEA) and finished a beaded bracelet this week.

Next is some crochet projects (yes I know) and inventory to see if I need to order beads for a custom bolo for a friend. (probably going to use size 15 as it will need smaller beads for more detail... or maybe I just want an excuse to buy pretties lol)

Filigree
09-05-2012, 09:17 PM
Okay, technically it's beadwork. There are teeny 1.5 mm agate beads woven into the fabricated and wire-wrapped cages. I made this one nearly 12 years ago, in just its silver form, and kept it as white silver.

I broke one link a couple of years ago; rather than just making a new link, I set it aside for re-design. I found a rich, dark-red tigereye bead recently that takes the place of the broken link. Then I wove the agate beads into the cages with 24-gauge silver wire. It was still a little garish with the white silver, so I blackened it with Win-Ox solution and give it just a little polish.

Now it's a perfect Halloween/steampunk piece, and I love it again.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--Blackfiligreebeadchain.jpg

Filigree
09-16-2012, 07:09 AM
I'm think of offering this one as a contest giveaway prize in a blog hop next month.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--blackloopnecklace.jpg

The basic structure is an adaptation of a Hellenic loop-in-loop wire chain. I published an article on this variation in (I think) Beadwork Magazine, a long time ago.

Filigree
01-18-2013, 10:59 PM
New version of an older necklace. I removed the borosilicate flame-twist pendant and added a big CZ drop wrapped in a peyote stitch bezel. I like it much more now.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/CitrineCZnecklace.jpg

MaryMumsy
01-19-2013, 06:05 AM
Lovely, Filigree. Glad to see this thread at the top of the page again.

MM

Filigree
01-19-2013, 08:09 AM
Well, if more beaders would just ante up...

lastlittlebird
01-19-2013, 09:24 AM
All my beads are in storage right now :( I've got one more year of living out of a suitcase and then I might be able to re-start my crafty self.
You keep my inspiration levels up Filigree :)

Filigree
01-23-2013, 11:03 PM
For those of you wanting to stretch your skill levels, this is one of the best challenges in the beading world: Bead & Button Magazine's 'Bead Dreams' competition. I've entered a few times.

http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/Events/Contests/2010/12/Bead%20Dreams%20Competition.aspx

Just looking at the past winners is enough to get you salivating. :D

Filigree
01-27-2013, 10:08 AM
Gotta do something to drive away the sound of crickets...

I'm getting back into simple structures in beadwork, I think. This is a chain of off-loom woven strips in mostly turquoise-colored glass seed beads. I need to be thinking of intricate and over-the-top designs for shows, but this one just wanted to be made.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--TurquoiseChain.jpg

lastlittlebird
01-27-2013, 11:37 AM
I love the colors. And looking through the past winners of the Bead Dreams contest always makes me happy. Are you planning to enter this year, Filigree?

Filigree
01-27-2013, 11:50 AM
Thinking about it, if I have the $30 for the entry fees. I've got a beaded mask, a big Serafini-style collar, and the bronze streampunk necklace that I'm considering re-doing. You're limited on work completed in a calendar year, or I'd put in some of my tapestries.

lastlittlebird
01-27-2013, 11:59 AM
Have you placed before? To my admittedly untrained eye the work you've posted here looks just as professional and beautiful as some of the winning entries.
$30 is a lot though, I know that would make me think twice about entering a writing competition.
Does that include shipping the pieces? (or do you just enter by means of photographs? Sorry, I'm ignorant!)

Filigree
01-28-2013, 07:45 AM
The fee doesn't cover shipping. You enter online via jpg images.

I've entered a few times, and placed a couple of times. Nothing since 2004,I think.

bearilou
02-07-2013, 05:37 PM
*is here for the beady-bling*

Jaycinth
02-21-2013, 07:27 PM
Just got the PMC kit with video, tools and torch!

:banana:

...gonna be crafty this spring!

Filigree
02-21-2013, 07:58 PM
Oooo, I'm jealous. PMC is is something I know I really want to do, but don't have the money for as yet. There are some great teachers in my area, though.

Have fun!

Jaycinth
02-23-2013, 12:20 AM
My boyfriend has been crafting jewelry for 25 years now, but I'm only a novice of a year.

He tried the regular polymer clay in 2011, was happy and decided to branch into the PMC stuff.

It looks like a cool craft, so I'm going to watch him carefully and then try to make myself a little pendant.

Shadowflame
02-25-2013, 08:49 PM
Hello all. Sorry I've been away for a while. Too Much STuffs (and most of it real life drama.. blech)

So I have been playing more with beads and this is what I finished this weekend. "Saw" it in my head one morning-- just love it when the muse puts all the pieces together.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.452264398178582.104419.312721578799532&type=3

AlisonD
03-04-2013, 12:31 AM
As a lampwork bead & jewelry maker, I of course had to check out this thread! What beautiful work you all have posted! I'm afraid I have a hard time writing and beading. It's one of the other for me. I love seeing what you create, however. I do have a beading blog (http://glassali.blogspot.com) that has some of my work. :)

Filigree
03-04-2013, 09:13 AM
Alison, your beads are lovely.

Shadowflame
03-04-2013, 07:43 PM
Alison, love the beads. :D

I'll be lampworking soon. B got me a torch for Christmas. As soon as we get a concentrator and clean out the garage I'll be melting glass again! WOOT!

Filigree
03-04-2013, 08:07 PM
<Whimpers.> Now I have torch envy.

Snowstorm
03-04-2013, 09:09 PM
This is my first time in the Beaders' thread (the last page only since this thread is getting long) as I just started trying to work beads into my tatting.

All I can say right now is: :Hail: Filigree

Filigree
03-04-2013, 10:30 PM
Hey, we all start somewhere, and I have messed around with beads for nearly 3 decades. And I still suck, compared to some of the great beading teachers I know.

Snowstorm
03-04-2013, 10:47 PM
Hey, we all start somewhere, and I have messed around with beads for nearly 3 decades. And I still suck, compared to some of the great beading teachers I know.

I wish I sucked so bad ... :D

Filigree
03-05-2013, 02:26 AM
It's all a matter of degree.

I look at issues of Bead & Button Magazine and some of the pieces by, say, Sherri Serafini (http://www.serafinibeadedjewelry.com/),Cynthia Rutledge (http://www.cynthiarutledge.net/), or Diane Fitzgerald (http://www.dianefitzgerald.com/), and feel like I've been kicked in the butt. In a good way - I love being inspired by far better work than mine.

Shadowflame
03-05-2013, 07:24 PM
I agree that beading is a matter of degree. There are some styles I just don't care for, and some I enjoy quite a bit.

Snow, do you have any work so we can see? I love looking at tatting and some of the work with beads are just awesome

Snowstorm
03-05-2013, 07:31 PM
Thanks for asking Shadowflame. I've never taken photos of my work--it's at a "preschool" stage as I've just started. I have some work I could photograph. I'll see if I have something I won't die of embarrassment if others see it!

Shadowflame
03-05-2013, 09:47 PM
:D
I remember how nervous I was when I started showing my work. Heck I still hesitate before I hit send/accept on boards or even on my FB page.

Filigree
03-06-2013, 01:57 AM
God, yes. Many years ago I saw a black tatted scarf with iridescent orange beads at a local fiber art gallery. It was far beyond my means, and I'm afraid I've forgotten the artist's name. But it was gorgeous work, very gothic.

As for showing off work, I repeat: we all start somewhere. I've kept a lot of my old clunky work from 16 - 20 years ago, and I'm having fun rebuilding it to higher specs.

Shadowflame
03-07-2013, 06:53 PM
Okay, I've finally decided I really need to start entering contests. Especially when I've got people I really trust pushing me. (and it also looks like my hours at work will be cut sometime within the next year)

*big breath and goes to do research

Snowstorm
03-07-2013, 09:18 PM
Okay, here goes. have very little time to play with tatting (I'm new at that too) and had a thought to spice up the tatting. This is a greeting card I made to see how it all looks. (I MEAN it when I say I'm at the very basic level):

http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b527/Sybillewyo/Internet%20keepers/Love_zps0db50b86.jpg

ETA: Hey, this works (uploading photos from Photobucket!)

Shadowflame
03-07-2013, 09:33 PM
That's very cute Snow. I love embellishment. I've got some snuff tins and cans that are going to become treasure boxes very very soon.

Snowstorm
03-07-2013, 09:53 PM
Thank you Shadowflame. I appreciate embellshments too, such as what you're planning on doing with the snuff tins and cans!

Shadowflame
03-12-2013, 06:41 PM
So the necklace I was planning on submitting won't be eligible--since I showed it on FB as a wip. DOHA! lol I didn't know that. Oh well, once I get some money saved up, I've got plans for a very intricate piece with many components. In my head it will be fabulous but in reality I'm wondering how many adjustments I'll have to make.

Snowstorm
03-12-2013, 06:58 PM
Oh no, Shadowflame! So one of the conditions is it must not be on display of any sort? That's good to know for all of us. Good luck with your piece.

Shadowflame
03-12-2013, 06:59 PM
Yep no one should see it. Oh well. I can make another and keep it secret, but its HARD! lol

Shadowflame
03-25-2013, 09:46 PM
Necklace finished. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=464265900311765&set=pb.312721578799532.-2207520000.1364233574&type=3&theater) :D

Filigree
03-27-2013, 10:43 AM
Nice.

Shadowflame
03-27-2013, 03:36 PM
How's things going everyone.
Now that it is spring (or supposed to be *glares at snow on the ground*) I've gotten a lot of things in my head to do. 2-3 projects started including writing that I jump to when I get bored with one or my wrists get sore.
It's good to be back in the swing of things

Filigree
03-28-2013, 05:01 AM
I'm redoing my bronze steampunk necklace: taking off the amber glass drops, and adding clear glass teardrops. I decided not to enter the Bead & Button show this year, since I just don't have any showstoppers that I really love.

I just finished eighteen 4" x 16" fiber art award ribbons for a regional art festival, and they had beads sewn on to make the fabric applique sparkle. Ten days of solid work! The necklace will be a pleasant break.

Filigree
03-30-2013, 05:51 PM
Bronze necklace finished (http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/BronzeWheelnecklace_zps869e8a73.jpg?t=1364651074). It was fun, and I like it, but it's not enough of a showstopper for me to consider putting it into next year's show.

Shadowflame
03-30-2013, 07:04 PM
Lovely piece

So what are you working on now?

Snowstorm
03-30-2013, 07:34 PM
Beautiful, Filigree! You are so talented. I love the addition of the back loop so it's so pretty even from the back.

Filigree
03-30-2013, 10:45 PM
Pretty is an accident: I have to put catch-loops on the backs of heavy necklaces so they won't fall if the toggle clasp slips. It has happened.

I'm putting beadwork aside for a little while, as I finish up the embroidery on a piece I'm currently calling the Coat From Hell. I have fantasies of wearing it to conventions and art openings.

Shadowflame
03-31-2013, 03:19 AM
Very nice.
Started a St. Petersburg chain that will be about 60 inches long. First round done. I think I'll have round 2 done by tomorrow. Will see how much wider I want before I plan rounds 3 and 4.

Filigree
03-31-2013, 05:28 AM
You're braver than I am.

Shadowflame
03-31-2013, 05:08 PM
It's actually a very simple stitch. Starting the second lane takes a bit of reverse engineering but it goes really quickly


Currently debating whether to add 2 more rows or leave it with the base. Wish I had enough black matte beads to do the outside, it would contrast well with the transparent iris grey beads. But the more I look at this the more convinced I am that it is finished. hmmmmmm

Shadowflame
04-19-2013, 07:12 PM
Because life if really fucking with us, I am considering a small fundraiser to help with the purchase of an oxygen concentrator and equipment so I can get my glass studio going (see earlier posts on dayjob hours being cut)
I know about Kickstarter and am reading up on some others.
I wouldn't want to raise a lot of money just about $500. Yes there will be goodies for every level of donation.
What do you guys think

Filigree
04-20-2013, 03:02 AM
Hey, you could certainly try it. Make sure to show good samples of your work, so that contributors will have an idea of what they can get in exchange.

Filigree
04-20-2013, 11:06 PM
Shot of a necklace I just finished for an AW blog hop giveaway I'm doing next month. 23"x.5" continuous rope chain in cobalt, sapphire, and iridescent gray #8 glass seed beads.

http://s1132.photobucket.com/user/FiligreeSilver/media/BlueandGraynecklace_zps503fb712.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Shadowflame
04-21-2013, 06:44 PM
Ohhh nice Filigree.
8s work up so quickly.

Filigree
04-22-2013, 04:43 AM
This felt like it worked up in maybe three hours. I needed something that would be sleek and strong enough for a guy to wear.

Shadowflame
04-23-2013, 07:50 PM
Well looks like I will be torching sometime next month. I have a lead on an inexpensive oxycon. I've got the torch, the glass, the kiln and some tools, so all's that's left is the O2 supply and getting things set up.

Of course, I'm not going to leave my seed beads, but sometimes I want to produce something a lot faster. ;)

Filigree
04-23-2013, 09:54 PM
Hey, when I get some disposable income I might send some commissions your way.

articshark
04-24-2013, 10:28 PM
This has nothing to do with your thread. I just want you to know that when I first looked at your title, I thought it said: Calling all breeders.

Now, you can guess why my eyes went all big. O.O
I think I spend too much time in the Erotica portion of the forum. Either that or I need reading glasses. lol

Filigree
04-25-2013, 01:49 AM
We forgive you. I spend too much time in the Erotica forum, myself.

Shadowflame
04-26-2013, 07:44 PM
ROFL
It's kind of funny how sometimes our brains lean different ways. I posted an image on FB on tues that if read quickly people misread the first two lines. I had to stop and read each word when I first saw the post.

Filigree: sure anytime you might want something let me know. I'll be starting with spacer beads before moving to more complicated things so give me a bit and let me know what you want before hand so I can practice a bit.

Filigree
04-26-2013, 11:19 PM
No prob. I'm nowhere near ready yet.

Shadowflame
05-03-2013, 07:16 PM
Whew, Last night finished a necklace on a very tight deadline. I'll have to overnight this package, but it should get there by Monday.

I'll post a photo of it later.
*makes note next time to ask client when the shindig is and to coordinate sooner with other people. **sigh not totally my fault but I should know better

Filigree
05-04-2013, 11:53 PM
This will eventually be beading-related, since I want to sew on some glow-in-the-dark glass beads as accents.

It's a tan linen tunic taken apart, painted with my own super-bright industrial glow fabric paint mix, then re-assembled. I have it in mind for club and convention wear.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/GlowShirt2_zps2da97e4f.jpg?t=1367694895

ETA: got the camera working a little better, so now there are pics of actual glowing jewelry on my 5-4-2013 blog post 'Glowing Things'.

Shadowflame
05-05-2013, 05:52 PM
that looks like fun.

Once this bug B gave me goes away I plan on finishing a grey necklace I started a few weeks ago. Lots o' fringe of the branching kind.

Filigree
05-07-2013, 09:09 PM
Revised the blue chain beadwork necklace from earlier this year. It needed dangles.

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Cranejewelry--BlueChainnecklacerevised_zpseaa40591.jpg?t=1367946 421

Shadowflame
05-07-2013, 09:24 PM
Everything needs danglies :D

Filigree
05-07-2013, 10:58 PM
Dangly bits! Okay, TMI. I'm getting back to work now.

Shadowflame
05-08-2013, 06:09 PM
:D

Shadowflame
05-15-2013, 09:56 PM
Whoohooo!
I'll be at the missouri Bead Retreat from Friday to Monday. Gona melt some glass finallY!

Filigree
05-16-2013, 07:18 AM
Have fun!

Shadowflame
05-21-2013, 06:23 PM
Had a great time this weekend. Met loads of new people. learned how to make a wire ring, got to make a couple of beads and am somewhat recharged and revived.

now to get some things together to get my torch going. Slow process but going to be worth it

Shadowflame
05-24-2013, 10:24 PM
So who wants to beta this in about 6 months? well I've gone and done it. Posted online that I'm probably going to write a series of beading books, along with all the other stories I've got going. There's definitely interest in the freeform styles I do. and I do have a bit of experience writing tutorials. So I guess this is it....


*seriously wonders about her sanity at times

MaryMumsy
05-25-2013, 12:47 AM
Glad you had a good time. Congrats on the decision to write your beading books.

I'm *not* volunteering (and you wouldn't want me) to beta.

I just want to say I smile every time this thread pops to the top and I think of Wendy.

MM

Shadowflame
05-25-2013, 05:37 PM
I just want to say I smile every time this thread pops to the top and I think of Wendy.

MM

Yea, so long as this thread lives on, her memory will never fade. :)

Filigree
05-27-2013, 02:17 AM
I'll beta for you, Shadowflame. It would be an honor. Just for fun today, I blogged about colorways and my emotional response to them. There's pretty jewelry at the bottom of the entry. http://wp.me/p3el7c-n7

I'm missing Wendy, too.

Shadowflame
05-27-2013, 06:17 PM
I'll beta for you, Shadowflame. It would be an honor. Just for fun today, I blogged about colorways and my emotional response to them. There's pretty jewelry at the bottom of the entry. http://wp.me/p3el7c-n7

I'm missing Wendy, too.

Thank you Filgree I'd appreciate it very much. :D

and very nice blog post. I should do something similar.

Filigree
05-28-2013, 03:51 AM
Just let know what level of beta you need. I've written how-to stuff before.

milkweed
05-30-2013, 07:17 AM
I don't make jewelry per say... but I do bead a lot of stuff so here is a piece I've been trying to finish for sometime now. I expect I'll have the edging done sometime this weekend.

I'm not sure why the link to the image isn't embedding so here's the linky to my blog.
http://prairiefibers.blogspot.com/2013/05/wip-crown-on-yellow-052913.html (http://prairiefibers.blogspot.com/2013/05/wip-crown-on-yellow-052913.html)

Normally I work with much smaller beads on braintan.

Shadowflame
05-30-2013, 05:45 PM
I don't make jewelry per say... but I do bead a lot of stuff so here is a piece I've been trying to finish for sometime now. I expect I'll have the edging done sometime this weekend.

I'm not sure why the link to the image isn't embedding so here's the linky to my blog.
http://prairiefibers.blogspot.com/2013/05/wip-crown-on-yellow-052913.html (http://prairiefibers.blogspot.com/2013/05/wip-crown-on-yellow-052913.html)

Normally I work with much smaller beads on braintan.

Very lovely. so you do leather work too?