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Cia
10-28-2003, 05:26 AM
i'm still working on mastering my craft. currently, im working on antiquing sterling silver with "liver of silver" (i will post pics soon).

in the mean time, please share pics, ideas, links, q/a, experiences etc...

Cherished
10-28-2003, 07:02 AM
I'm a novice. I took a basic class last month at Michael's on glass beads jewelry making. I have only made 3 pieces so far (2 prs earrings, one bracelet completed, another bracelet in the works.) I can only work on making pieces on weekends. I'll get some pictures to you by this weekend.

I intend to attend a workshop in March on jewelry making. It's going to be in NYC at the Hotel Pennsylvania (right across the street from Madison Square Garden). I'll get the info to anyone who is interested. I have also been thinking about joining a jewelry society/organization to learn more.

I'll gladly share info I've learned during the short time I've been at this. BTW, I get newsletters from About.com on jewelry making.

EarthTones
11-03-2003, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by Cherished@Oct 28 2003, 03:02 AM
I intend to attend a workshop in March on jewelry making. It's going to be in NYC at the Hotel Pennsylvania (right across the street from Madison Square Garden). I'll get the info to anyone who is interested. I have also been thinking about joining a jewelry society/organization to learn more.


Hey Cherished...are you talking about the "Whole Bead Show" that will be at the Hotel Pennsylvania in March? If so, I'll be attending as well...they have THEE best selection of beads...I am partial to sterling silver beads from Thailand and a few varieties of stone/shell beads...and they always have the best selection!

EarthTones
11-03-2003, 12:03 PM
Another thought...

Can the jewelry-making nappies start a resource list of websites for supplies/inspiration? I don't make jewelry that often but when I do...I can scour the internet for hours on end looking for goodies.

Off the top of my head I can tell you my absolute favorite site is...

www.beadgoeson.com (http://www.beadgoeson.com)

and I have the catalog from www.riogrande.com (http://www.riogrande.com) (they are the industry leader in supplies, tools and equipment. You have to pay for the catalog, but the cost is deducted from your first order.)

Cherished
11-03-2003, 01:47 PM
@EarthTones:

Yes, I believe that is it. I want to attend some of the workshops. Thanks for the info on the websites.

Cherished
11-03-2003, 02:00 PM
I put up the pics of the few pieces I have made so far. I still have to finish the other bracelet. This weekend a friend brought me some of her old jewelry, so I can recycle and make new pieces from them.

Click on the house to go to my Fotki album to see the jewelry. It's not much, but it's a start. Please tell me what you think.

EarthTones
11-03-2003, 07:12 PM
Hey Cherished...

I LOVE the colorful beads you used in your bracelet! I lookforward to seeing more of your goodies!

Cherished
11-04-2003, 05:28 AM
Originally posted by EarthTones@Nov 3 2003, 03:12 PM
Hey Cherished...

I LOVE the colorful beads you used in your bracelet! I lookforward to seeing more of your goodies!
Thanks, EarthTones! I just wish I had more time. I can only really work on anything on weekends, and they get away from me so fast sometimes.

nappylicious
11-05-2003, 01:41 AM
Mountain Gems also has an excellent catalog(you can order a free catalog on line) and www.africanimports.com has nice beads also.

Cherished
11-05-2003, 05:06 AM
Originally posted by nappylicious@Nov 4 2003, 09:41 PM
Mountain Gems also has an excellent catalog(you can order a free catalog on line) and www.africanimports.com has nice beads also.
Thanks, Nappylicious. I'm constantly looking out for new sources. :)

Kittylee
11-20-2003, 12:35 AM
Here's another link to check out:
http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Home.aspx
I have some more links I have to dig out.

What type of jewelry do you guys make? I'm just starting out. I'm doing beaded items right now. I want to get into wire jewelry and some other things.

Cherished
11-20-2003, 07:33 AM
I'm working with beads and will probably stay with them for a long time. I just like them.

Do you have any pictures to share?

inkysphinx
11-20-2003, 02:43 PM
Hey, I would love to learn how to do this. How can I find a class?

Kittylee
11-24-2003, 03:32 AM
Originally posted by Cherished@Nov 20 2003, 03:33 AM
I'm working with beads and will probably stay with them for a long time. I just like them.

Do you have any pictures to share?
Hi
I'm just starting out, no pics yet. I'm working on it. What are your favorites places for purchasing supplies? I've been looking online but I would love to see things in person.

I'm interested in trying the wigjig. I have a book with many designs that were done with the wigjig and it looks so nice. Check out the site www.wigjig.com they have tons of patterns and pics on the site for free. The book is called "Making Bead & Wire Jewelry" by Dawn Cusick, the book is really nice, but you need the wigjig to do most of the designs.

Cherished
11-24-2003, 06:12 AM
Originally posted by inkysphinx@Nov 20 2003, 10:43 AM
Hey, I would love to learn how to do this. How can I find a class?
I took a class at Michael's. Try them or other craft stores. I think A.C. Moore offers them also.

Most of their websites have calendars showing which classes are offered when.

Kittylee
11-24-2003, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by Cherished@Nov 24 2003, 02:12 AM
I took a class at Michael's. Try them or other craft stores. I think A.C. Moore offers them also.

Most of their websites have calendars showing which classes are offered when.
Thanks for posting about Michael's. I'm going to try and take a class. I wish they had a store in Brooklyn, I guess I'll be making a trip to Staten Island or Long Island soon.

Cherished,
Your jewelry is really nice, it has me really looking forward to a class.

Cherished
11-24-2003, 03:32 PM
Thank you. I hope you can find a class to take. It's interesting and fun. Perhaps there are other craft stores in Brooklyn that you can contact about taking classes so you wouldn't have to go as far. The class at Michael's was $10 plus the cost of your supplies, and they had everything needed for the class in the store.

You can probably find something on Google if you search under jewelry making, also. These may cost more, though.

Let me know how it turns out for you.

Kittylee
11-24-2003, 06:14 PM
Some more links:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/beadwork/
http://www.mcs.net/~simone/beadnet.html
http://www.metalworks.com/
http://www.beadsource.com/
http://www.caravanbeads.com/
http://www.empyreanbeads.com/
http://www.beadazzled.net/
http://www.starsbeads.com/
http://www.beadshop.com/
http://www.placetobead.com/
http://www.101jewelrylane.com/
http://www.beadpeddler.com/

Here are a few books about beads and beadweaving (Recommended by Beadworks @ Livejournal):
Beadweaving : New Needle Techniques & Original Designs by Ann Benson
Native American Beadweaving by Horace Goodhue
The New Beadwork by Kathlyn Moss, et al.
Creative Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells
Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins