Any other WSing Jewelry Makers?

nan-6161(Zone 7 Long Island, NY)February 5, 2010

I've been wsing for 4 years now - love it. This past October I decided to try my hand at jewelry making and I am having a lot of fun with it. My husband think it is a riot that I have moved from "seeds" to "beads" - collections of both abound throughout the house. Right now I have a necklace going at one end of the kitchen table and tiny baggies of seed for a round robin swap covering the other end of the table........

I find I am almost as complusive about buying beads as I am gathering and saving seeds (seeds are cheaper!!!!) I find these great deals on ebay late at night that are half the price that the local bead store charges.

Anyway, any other seedloving beaders out there?


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floodthelast(5 N. OH)

Yes I like it very much. I also use my beads to make garden ornaments out of my old wire hangers, lol. I have a toddler so I can't play as much as I'd like with the beads but do enjoy all the pretty things.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 12:18AM
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nan-6161(Zone 7 Long Island, NY)

ooooooooh garden ornaments...hadn't thought of that! Do tell - what kind, how, any pics????

I can't imagine trying to work with beads when my kids were small. For me it takes a LOT of concentration and I just had no brain space until recently (son is 17, daughter 20). Now my daughter and I, when she is home from college, have a wonderful time designing and creating.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2010 at 5:00PM
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proudgm_03(6 MO)

I've always wanted to try but I'm not very talented and have no idea how to do it. I have bought beads and wire and that's as far as I got as I don't know what I'm doing. Any help would be appreciated. Some simple bracelet perhaps?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 7:05PM
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nan-6161(Zone 7 Long Island, NY)

You can use just the stretchy thread to thread the beads and make a bracelet. Put a drop of nailpolish on the knot to help it hold.

For necklaces/braclets with wire, it gets a bit more complicated. Need some basic tools (you can get at any craft store)and a few hours to watch videos on the computer. Yup, that is how I learned this fall - there are instructional video clips all over the internet. Mostly it comes down to two things: using what's called "crimp" beads to hold the beads on the wire and also learning how to make "loops" to connect components.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 10:58PM
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