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« on: January 03, 2007 11:33:10 AM »

hi all,

i'm new to beads and working with them. i bought some right after christmas during all the sales, but i don't know where to start.

what cute, cheap, fast project can a newbie start without too much of an investment??

thanks for all info
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007 01:27:08 PM »

Welcome to beading!

Wow... where to start....

It really depends on what kind of beads you bought - did you buy seed beads, or larger glass 'accent' beads?
What kind of of things do you like? Do you like simple strings of beads, wire work, or more elaborate woven bead projects? Are you interested in making jewellery or creating bead tapestries? How about beaded flowers or 3d critters?

My advice would be to find a project you like the look of and try and make it. There's lots of free bead patterns on the web - one site I use quite a lot is
http://www.bead-patterns.com/
It has quite a few free bead patterns, and the ones you pay for are normally reasonably priced. It can be a bit 'cutsey', but there's still a lot of really cool patterns there.

Also, check out some of the beading magazines - they usually have some cool stuff to do, at all different skill levels.

Three of my favourites are:

Bead and Button - www.beadandbutton.com. They have projects for all types of beading, at all different skill levels, plus a tutorial at the back for all the stitches used. They also have a great classified/advertisor section, so you can find stores near you.

Beadwork - www.beadworkmagazine.com. Some really beautiful 'out there' stuff, plus tutorials on making beads too. Its geared more towards more avanced beaders, but certainly worth getting for inspiration, if nothing else.

Step by Step Beads - www.stepbystepbeads.com. They have a good section on polymer clay and lampwork techniques, plus a section on readers work and a good nationwide bead store directory.

All three of these are readily available at places like the magazine section of Barnes and Noble, plus quite a few others. Check 'em out! You can pick up all three of these for under $20, and they will give you months of ideas.

Also - check out your local bead store. Many of them have classes, and if you're learning a new technique, there's nothing like having someone there to show you how to do it.

Anyway, I hope this helps!

I pretty much taught myself by going 'thats cool...now, how would I make it?', so don't claim to be a bead diva by any means - but I'd be more than happy to try and answer any questions you have. And, I'm sure there are many others on Craftser who can help out too.

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 07:18:08 AM »

wow!!!

so much info so fast!!! gotta love craftster!

i'll spend some time going through all you provided.

i have no idea where to start or what to make, but i guess i can start with one "that's cool... how can i make that" project and see where that takes me.

thank you so much for taking the time to give me such a thoughtful and delailed reply.

woo hoo!!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007 07:34:00 AM »

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