I'm designing a new bag, but I need some rotary phone parts to put them together. It's a really modern design, and I need the parts to tweak it and make it reproducable.
Anyway, my question is, where do I get rotary phones for less than $40? I've checked all the thrift stores in town and no luck. And I've looked in a lot of antique stores, but they want upwards of $40 each, and each phone will only provide parts for one bag.
My budget per phone is only like $5. Is this totally unrealistic? Does anyone have any suggestions? Help is totally appreciated!
There's a bead store and a yarn store in Janesville. They're in the same building at 1327 N. Wright road. Pretty neat, though small. There's a Michaels in Janesville next to the Best Buy, and a Joanne's in Beloit next to ShopKo. If you want to drive a bit there's a Hobby Lobby in Rockford, IL. As for places to buy already made stuff, pretty much the only place I know of is ABBA in downtown Beloit. Of course, there could be more, but I just go to Beloit college and that's the place I'm familiar with.
If you just get a few interesting beads and a packet of headpins, you could thread the beads onto the pins, then cut the pin about a quarter inch from the bead and use a needlenose plier to make a loop and hand that off the stud earring. They would be interesting--depending on the beads you used, and very short.
to poke a hole I would recommend a bead reamer, available for $5 at most bead/hobby shops. They're durable and won't hurt you unless you're really dumb. And Shellac, clear nail polish would be far less durable.
To just start out, you'd be very well off to shop at a bead store, that way you won't have to shell out $$$$$ for a large quantity of something you may never use. As far as beading books go, there are hundreds of very good books with great designs, just flip through them next time you're in a bookstore, or even the library...I don't really recommend buying a lot of books--flip through them for ideas, but if you were to own them, chances are you wouldn't get much out of them past a certain point. I would tell you to check out BeadStyle magazine. There are a lot of projects geared for beginners and every issue has a section of basic techniques. Plus--a single issue is very inexpensive. As for stringing matierials, I say cheaper is better. A spool of 12lb test fishing line will take you a long way. Wire and cording can be pricey to start and for a person who's learning, fishline is a durable but still strong and professional option.