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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need your ideas for this antique "organizer"... on: September 25, 2009 07:26:34 PM
where's the pic?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: what do i do with this???? on: September 17, 2009 05:58:07 PM
Looks like it would make a great patch.  You could sew onto some jeans or onto a purse (a jean purse with that patch would be real cute).  Just an idea.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tubular Herringbone Stitch.....help - it's collapsing on itself...... on: August 21, 2009 09:07:57 AM
thanks onyxnox.  I actually completed the project, but maybe if I try to stitch tighter it won't happen.  Thanks for the advice.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: please help!! on: August 20, 2009 11:17:23 PM
http://3dbeading.com/animals.shtml

The link above is for a website that has 3d animal patterns. There's one for an elephant, but they haven't posted the pattern YET......it'll be posted in the next week.  If your customer can wait a couple weeks, then use their pattern.  Hope this helps.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Tubular Herringbone Stitch.....help - it's collapsing on itself...... on: August 20, 2009 07:17:52 PM
I stitched up a piece in "twisted tubular herringbone" using 6 beads around.  The problem is that the tube tends to deflate or collapse in on itself.  Anyone else have this problem? What can I do to make it more stiff?

Thanks,
Michelle
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / looking for poodle pattern in flat peyote stitch on: August 05, 2009 01:50:16 AM
I'm making an amulet bag for someone who loves poodles.

Does anyone here know where I can find a flat peyote pattern of a poodle.  It doesn't have to be an intricate pattern.  Any basic poodle pattern would do. Nothing fancy.  Could be the whole body or just the head - doesn't matter.

Thanks in advance to whomever answers..........
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Bead Swap at Santa Monica Bead Fair July 17 on: June 29, 2009 10:13:19 AM
If anyone is going to the Santa Monica Bead Faire on July 17 and would like to do a bead swap, let me know.  We can meet up at the faire to exchange beads.

I can email you pics/descriptions of what I'd like to swap and you can email pics (if possible) or descriptions.  And then we can set up a time and swap pieces.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Beadweaving thread.... on: June 19, 2009 07:44:58 AM
What's your favorite beadweaving thread?
Why?
Do you use different thread for different types of projects?

I'll start......my 2 favorite threads are Fireline and Silamide.

I like fireline because it is very strong and doesn't break with crystals.  I like Silamide because it's softer than fireline which is better for netting, yet doesn't stretch and is prewaxed, unlike nymo (and it's cheaper than fireline!).

I use silamide for netting and fireline for everything else. Except, on earrings I use silamide because earrings don't get stressed much compared to bracelets and necklaces.

**(Although.....I'm about to do a netting bracelet/necklace set with some charlottes that I absolutely LOVE and don't want to lose with breakage.  So I'm trying to figure out if I should use the Silamide for it's drape....or the fireline for it's strength...ugh.  If anyone could offer advice on this, it would be greatly appreciated)
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What's a good thread for weaving bugle beads? on: June 17, 2009 03:03:43 PM
This is a question regarding off-loom beadweaving (peyote, square, brick, net stitch etc.)......

I've heard that stitching with bugle beads is rough on the thread and causes the thread to eventually wear down/break. I've read that one solution to this is to place a seed bead before and after the bugle when you stitch it. That's great and I plan to do so......but my question is ---- which thread is strong enough to endure any bugle bead cutting? I typically use silamide in my beadweaving, but am considering fireline or powerpro when using bugles. What do you think?
 
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Are beads cheaper at bead fairs? on: June 17, 2009 10:44:25 AM
There's a bead fair coming up in my town (Los Angeles) and I'm so excited!! Smiley  But I have no idea what to expect or what I should be aiming for when I go.

I'm wondering if the beads selling there are less expensive than online stores??  Should I take the opportunity to stock up on beads? Or are they just the same prices as online?

Any other "bead fair" advice for my first fair experience would be much appreciated....
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