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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Bead shops in Hong Kong on: February 26, 2009 06:27:57 AM
I was organising my mailbox and dug up this reply I wrote to a fellow craftster, and thought I'd adapt and share...  (excuse my English  Tongue)

There is a district obscure to most visitors to the city where one could find lots of bead shops - Shamshuipo.  The easiest way to get there would probably be taking the MTR (railway).  Hop off at Shamshuipo station and look for Exit A2 (Pei Ho Street) - beads galore 5-10 minute's walk ahead.  I would recommend two streets:

Yu Chau Street (the section between #109 - #271) has more traffic, featuring stores specialising in plastic beads (often pretty neat stuff at low prices), crystals (Swarovskis and the like) and glass beads (mostly manufactured in Asia like India or China).  Seed beads are also available.  There are a couple of stores specialising in findings, and those could be easily recognised by walls of tiny drawers.  Most of the stores allow purchase in any quantity (a lot of shops sell by the weight), but do be aware that one or two impose a minimum.

Ki Lung Street (the section between #218 - #280) is right next to Yu Chau Street.  Although a couple of stores on Yu Chau Street carry semi-precious stone beads, imo Ki Lung Street wins in terms of the number of stores specialising on this and the variety of material and shapes.  However, I feel obligated to remark that some stores do not clearly label their manmade or enhanced stuff.  And the discount offered varies a lot.  To me the prices are quite cheap so I would not mind if they turn out to be beautiful pieces of glass, but that is just me...

Bead stores on both streets tend to cluster around the crossings with Pei Ho Street.  Here is a website where you could search by address to get a map and info on public transport nearby:
http://www.centamap.com/gc/home.aspx

One more final word, Shamshuipo is an older part of the city so the environment may be not as pleasant as Causeway Bay or Tsimshatsui.  However most of the shopkeepers can speak some English, and it is not uncommon to see foreigners  shopping for beads there.

Other than beads, there are also a bunch of shops stocking other craft supplies like feathers, ribbons and lace scattered in that area.  Seamstresses may also be interested in the fabric market nearby, on Lai Chi Kok Road (5 min walk from Ki Lung Street) facing the police station.  If I remember correctly there are 4 alleys of stores selling all sorts of fabric and trims, the bad news is that the place is not air-conditioned and could get rather hot in summer.


2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Officially addicted to earrings... (lots of pics) on: January 21, 2007 09:59:06 AM
Symptom: when I think of presents I make earrings, when I join a charity sale I make earrings, when I make stuff for myself it's still earrings  Grin

Presents:


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Some recent projects on: September 23, 2006 11:24:57 AM
#1 Pendent

Just randomly twisted a frame, put on a bead and then wrapped thinner wire over the frame, threw in some tiny beads here & there... This is much like an experiment to me.  I couldn't decide whether I like the end product or not though.  Maybe it's that random-ness in shape?

#2 Two pieces made with quartz beads from a stretchy bracelet

I really like how the earrings turn out.  The ring is my 2nd attempt to make a ring with wire.  As you can see the cluster is on the floppy side.

#3 Obviously I was crazy with purple because a third piece came in a row.  All acryllic beads so it is still fairly light in weight.

After using it a few times, I figured that I shoudl have made the tail shorter because sometimes it'll get tangled with the elastic Tongue

Thanks for looking. Feedback greatly appreciated!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Spring/Summer-y stuff on: April 23, 2006 09:54:59 AM
It's getting hot & humid here, and I really hate the summer weather.  One of the reasons is that all my favorite colors seem so out of place (I like dark jewel-toned colors most).  Since spring and summer belong to white and pastels, I made this necklace and a ponytail holder:





Thanks for looking!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 3 bracelets for my nieces on: April 03, 2006 12:25:43 AM

Anti-clockwise from the top left corner: pressies for girls aged 6,4 and 2...


...wrapped in felt spring-rolls!  Cheesy
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pendent to match with my flower ring on: April 03, 2006 12:19:53 AM

The final version on my wrist. Haven't attach it to a necklace yet.


The one on the right is the first attempt which I abandoned half way through (looks too bulky).  May finish it someday  Tongue

Thanks for looking!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I finally made a ring with wire! on: March 16, 2006 03:15:27 AM


and I've vastly underestimated the work! *rub sore fingers* I was so afraid that pliers would mar the wire because I knew I would have use a death grip  Tongue , so I did most of the thing with my fingers.  And that long piece of thin wire kept trying to poke my face (don't worry, I wear my glasses when I craft  Cool )

Thanks for looking, and any feedback will be appreciated!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rainbow bracelet on: February 28, 2006 07:44:46 PM
Finally I'm getting glass beads  Smiley Each of the colored beads in the bracelet is itself a gradient of two or more colors, and together they form a rainbow. Simply couldn't resist when I saw them in the bead store!



And I spotted this litte gem in the bunch, but still don't know what to do with it at this moment:



Thanks for looking. Comments or suggestions are always appreciated.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Lunar New Year ornament on: January 26, 2006 09:40:33 PM
The Lunar New Year is coming so I made this to hang on my door.  The character "fu" at the center means good fortune, and we have printed versions on the door (and on the calender) every year.



The red motifs at the corners are bats(!). In Chinese bat is also pronounced as "fu", so bat motifs are considered to bring good fortune as well. I copied the bat motif painted on some bowls, and tried to make the outline with wire (which is not successful because there are too many sharp angles in the motif).  Anyway, thought I'd show this funny draft I drew (top: copied from a rice bowl; bottom: cartoon bat)



Thanks for looking. C&C much appreciated.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A flower brooch (evolved from the Genie bottle pattern) on: December 29, 2005 04:27:27 AM
I was determined to try moobaa's genie bottle earrings (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65456.0) on the last day of the winter holidays, but something got under my contact lenses the day before & my eyes were all red and sore the next day.  Since I couldn't look at bright light (in order to work on smaller beads), I have to postpone my plan Embarrassed . So here's the result of playing with the idea using some larger beads:


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