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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Red Carpet Jewels on: November 08, 2007 10:58:46 AM
One is more beautiful than the other!
Lovely work Smiley
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: First wire-wrapped cage pendant! on: November 08, 2007 10:16:46 AM
I think it came out very well! It's a nice stone to show off in that manner Smiley
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: poinsettia flower! (feeling christmassy yet?) on: November 05, 2007 09:55:03 AM
It is lovely, and your work is very neat Smiley
Wonder how it would look in one of those Christmas-y metallic gold/silver yarns?
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: What would your ideal bead store look like? on: November 05, 2007 09:41:25 AM
I have to go with the first poster about pricing. Considering what one could pay for beads online--even branded items like Swarovski or Delica, it is really hard for me to plunk down the prices that bead stores want for the same items--especially if I can get free shipping with no minimum. The upside to shopping them in a store is that you can see the actual colors.

Yes to natural light but also to halogen/highhat/whatevertheyarecalled nowadays-- those lights make crystals dance!

Know your audience--not all neighborhoods can sustain a bead store with only high end items. While I'm not a fan of plastic beads (a la WM), they do have their place in crafting--and they are great for younger beaders. Apparently, there are floods of inexpensive glass beads coming in from China--the quality may not be up to Japanese bead standards but the price is usually right for the novice and casual beader.

I like the "open studio" idea, as well. For those beaders who can't afford a formal class but would like to have some questions answered (kind of like on this forum), that would be ideal. Actually, it would be great if the employee(s) could answer such questions whenever they aren't busy.

oh, and inspiration--display items you or your customers have made. Nothing whets the appetite more than seeing something you <3 Smiley

Good luck!


25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Garn Studio Drops Design Paris Cardigan on: October 17, 2007 09:01:19 PM
Those are double crochets and chains--looks to be a v-stitch pattern.
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help finding orange yarn on: October 17, 2007 08:58:24 PM
Red Heart makes a bright orange--kind of like the orange that hunters use on some of their clothes...
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilling in Paper PMC - Pendant and earrings on: October 11, 2007 06:25:51 PM
So intricate and silver to boot!!  Very very nice!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tiaras and head pieces on: October 11, 2007 06:22:13 PM
Reminds me of Ren Faire.../sigh. I haven't been to one in a few years. They are beautiful!!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green bracelet on: October 11, 2007 06:18:35 PM
Beautiful AND my fave color Smiley
Brava!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Another bracelet on: October 08, 2007 07:44:44 PM
I seriously need a crash course in photography. All the closeups I took came out very blurry Sad Will keep experimenting, though! This started out as one of the patterns from Bead and Button but didn't quite end up that way LOL

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