WOYWW: Talkin’ ’bout beads!

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday folks! I have to report that the Easter Bunny was very good to me this year (imagine that, 36 years old and the Easter Bunny still leaves a basket for me at my parents house, I must have been really good this year…no wait, that CAN”T be it LOL!) I got a basket full of beads and 2 more Ultimate Stackers to start filling! With new beads comes sorting and that is what I have been up to:

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I also have to send out a lovely hug and thank you to Ginny who saw my WOYWW post last week about my new-to-me sewing machine that did not come with any accessories and low and behold she had spare parts for that model and she sent them to me, for free! She is such a  sweetie and a talented artist as well. Thanks so much Ginny!

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So as I was sorting (and beading) I got tot thinking about my upcoming craft fair and remembered all of the questions people had about selling at craft fairs last winter so I decided to answer them in a video blog…I’m thinking about doing a video blog every week and talk about random crafty stuff, what do you think?

I held some of my current projects up to the camera but it is hard to see in a video so here are some photos of this weeks projects so far, basic stringing but it great for showcasing unique beads!

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Well that’s it for me, I still have all of those boxes of beads to put away LOL! I get so distracted by them…I’ll just make a few little pretties before I pack them all up, famous last words right? They will probably still be on my desk next week! If you want to see more crafty desks hop over to Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun and til next time happy crafting!

Jewelery Making Basics {Video}

You Tube viewer asked me if I would film a video of my bead stash and storage. I decided to add a brief overview of jewelery making tools and supplies so if you are just starting out (or need a refresher) you could learn a thing about the tools and supplies of jewelery making. Grab a ‘cuppa’ and have a watch 😀

If you are looking for the bead storage tower I have you can get it at JoAnn.com, it is on sale too!

 Here is a review of the tools you need to get started, sometimes you can find a kit with all the tools you need, also shop around because prices vary!

3 in one pliers with round nose ends ($4-$8).

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A bead board ($4-$10) or a towel with a measuring tape.

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Your choice of beads, stringing wire or thread, findings etc.

Not neccessary but I recommend flush cut pliers (I got a good pair for $4 at Wal-Mart), crimp pliers (there are about $16 so I used a 50% off coupon at ACmoore to buy mine).

You can store your beads on the packages they come in, fish & tackle boxes, tool boxes, butter tubs, test tubes, film canisters, Tupperware and other recycled containers. I must say I love the fish & tackle boxes the best! It is nice to have portable storage so you can lug your bead stash into the living room so you can bead while you watch TV and hang out with the family. I can load all of my boxes into a large plastic tote and haul it upstairs whenever I like, or I can gather all of the supplies I might need on my bead board (that is if I already have an idea what I want to make, in most cases I don’t and I just play with the beads until inspiration strikes!) and just bring that, that is why the little cubbies on the board are so handy.

I hope I inspired you to do some beading today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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