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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintagey jewellery with some wedding bits thrown in on: October 07, 2009 10:47:49 AM
Love the colour combinations you used.  My favorites are the first (brass x red) and second (brass x purple) ones, think I should try to get something in these combo next time I go bead-shopping!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bead cufflinks tutorial (Image heavy) on: May 22, 2009 10:09:37 PM
Love this, thanks for the tutorial! *Wisted*   Cheesy
3  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)

[Google map] 24 Oct 2015 Edit: I am updating this map sporadically, although the shop names are in Chinese I hope this will give a rough idea:

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:

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.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Necklace on: August 21, 2007 11:43:53 AM
I think this is the one (hope Snug_Bunny won't mind me doing this)

Fabulous color comb!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Officially addicted to earrings... (lots of pics) on: February 03, 2007 07:47:02 AM
Thanks all for the compliments.  You guys remind me why I joined Craftster - to meet and share ideas with people who share the same interest...

Regarding the pearl earrings: I was just trying to share the things I made within the past 6 months, and was kind of shocked when I learnt that one of my posts got deleted for having a "shop name" on the pics (so there are only 2 pic posts left in this string).  Have PM-ed the mod to explain some days ago and am still waiting for a reply.  Before that, I am not posting any pics at all, in case there's problem with my understanding of the advertising rule. *bows*
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Officially addicted to earrings... (lots of pics) on: January 21, 2007 10:04:29 AM
For moi:

Phew, done with all pics! As usual, comments & criticism most welcome Smiley
7  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


8  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!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Accidentally-On-Purpose Wire-Flower Ring on: September 20, 2006 10:59:38 AM
Oh how pretty <3  Thanks for sharing!  Must come back to read the tutorial, and try to make one *lemming*
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Spring/Summer-y stuff on: April 25, 2006 10:50:58 AM
Thanks everyone. Really need to avoid black/navy/deep purple... at all expense, or I'll feel like melting under the sun X_X (have to wear black/navy tomorrow, sure I will be sweating through the job interview... )
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