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« on: May 26, 2011 08:21:31 PM »

I'm really crafty and I've been thinking about making bookmarks, cards, jewelry, you name it and then donating 80% of the profits to the (truly) non-profit organization I'm starting for ALS ( Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis) otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The problem is, there are no products out there really! For instance, if you go to any reasonably large online bead store you'll most likely find awareness ribbon beads (glass and acrylic) as well as charms. I have been looking for almost a year now and I have yet to find a similar thing for the ALS awarness ribbon!! (There are people who make jewelry using just a plain silver charm but that's not what I want). It irks me. If anyone happens to know some people in the jewelry industry OR if people know who I should be contacting to get a bead made, will someone PUH-LEASE let me know?

I'm looking for something like this:http://store.goodybeads.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/MultiImageInventory/GBRB0040.jpgonly instead of it being an Autism awareness ribbon it would be the ALS awareness ribbon which looks like this: http://www.unc.edu/courses/2004sprin...k%20ribbon.jpg

I'm also looking for someone who can make a stamp and a charm. A charm that looks like this (but obviously with the ALS ribbon): http://store.goodybeads.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/Inventory/A003017_md.jpg

I'm having a double surgery in June so I'd really like to get ahold of these products soon so I can work on this while I'm stuck in bed recovering!!!

Thanks SOOO much!!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011 07:02:16 AM »

I'd start by checking your local community, or nearby larger town, for glass blowers or lampworkers who'd be willing to work with you. I know the town near me has a few. If you don't know who they are, start checking around at local events like fine art/craft shows. If you can't make it they may have a website for the event that lists participating artists. You could also ask around on sites like Etsy. Many people who list finished goods on Etsy are also willing to do special orders or commissions.

For the ribbon charms, I'd check into people who do enamel work. That's basically how those types of charms are made. That technique seems to be less common so you will probably need to go online to find someone.

Good luck in your search and best wishes for your surgery.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011 01:15:17 PM »

My question: why are you starting a new ALS organization? Is there something wrong with the ALSA?
My sister is going to be (hopefully) putting on a BLINGO game in New Braunfels sometime soon for the South Texas Chapter of the ALSA. It's Bingo where all proceeds go to the ALSA and the prizes are all jewelery. I know our sister (who had ALS) got someone to make her a lamp work bead necklace for a raffle or other fundraiser once but I don't know how she knew the person.

OOH! Etsy has that feature where you post "hey I need this" and then people will contact you saying they can make it and how much they would make it for. That would be a good place to go, eh?

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