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1  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
2  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..........
3  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.

4  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)
5  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?
 
6  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....
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / SEED BEADS.......Silver lined japanese VS. foil lined czech on: June 17, 2009 09:46:17 AM
Hello beaders......

I noticed that Delicas and Tohos have SILVER-LINED beads, but that czech seed beads have FOIL-LINED beads.....

#1)  Are these the same thing?
#2)  Is there a quality difference between silver-lined VS. foil-lined?  I'm referring to lasting a long time.

Thanks to whomever responds.....much appreciated.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Thread type to use for beadweaving a necklace/bracelet in net stitch? on: March 19, 2009 08:15:48 PM
I'm going to attempt a bracelet and necklace using "net stitch".  I'm thinking of using Fireline for its strength.  But have read that Silamide or Nymo will make the netting drape nicer.  So I'm confused.  For those of you experienced at the net stitch, which type of thread would you recommend?

Thanks for answering......MUCH APPRECIATED... Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What is thread burning?? on: March 19, 2009 08:12:14 PM
On some beadweaving patterns, the instructions say to burn the thread at the end of the project.  What does this mean?  Taking a lighter to the end of the thread? And why do this? Does it effectively seal off the finishing?

Thank you to whomever responds.  Much appreciated.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What's your favorite type of seed bead? And why? on: March 10, 2009 03:06:52 PM
Hello all.....

What's your favorite type of seed bead? And why?
Silver-lined?
Lustered?
Rainbow AB?
Metallic?
etc.....etc......
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