Seed Bead Soliloquy – A Brief Foray Into Shopping For Beads
A Seed Bead cost me .015 at a bead store in The Mall of America. Looking back, this is why I am so passionate about a community of beaders whose purpose is to help other beaders come into their own. It may be a lofty goal, and not completely altruistic (I have to pay for hosting after all) but it is a sincere goal of mine.
I want to provide a safe place for beaders. I want to provide a place that is safe for people to try free tutorials, to learn new weaves to use with their Seed Beads and a place where people can have fun enjoying their hobbies. I want to provide valuable information, and first rate resources for beaders – experienced and new alike.
I do not want to have a place where people aren’t welcome because of their gender (I am a male, after all). I want people to come regardless of their specific art form, regardless of their media, as long as they are working towards the same goal: Seed Bead knowledge and love.
When I first began shopping for Sead Beads, the very first day even, I spent over $100 and I had absolutely no idea what I was getting. I chose mostly Czech Seed Beads because those were the most prominently displayed. Normally this would be a first good bet for beads, but at almost $7 a hank for some truly unremarkable beads, most of my money went to the invevitable markup in a place like the Mall of America.
Before you go on your first Sead Bead shopping trip, make a list (there are a few on the internet). Stick to your list, and only buy things that are very pretty, and are things you will actually use. For example, I buy tiger’s eye because it is one of my favorite stones. I never have any idea on what to do with it, so it sits in my bead stash growing old. Even though you like it, if you wont use it, pass on it.
Second. For your first shopping experience at a local bead store, do not spend a dime. You want to go there to feel things, to find what catches your eye, and find out what is tactically and visibly pleasing to you. Is a “Japanese Barrel” Seed Bead more to your liking, or would you prefer a Czech Seed Bead. No one told me that the Japanese Barrel beads would be easily 10 times as expensive, but 100 times more useful.
I forgot to buy findings, threading material, needles, and the necessities. I hope no one goes through the problems that I have, and I believe that this community will be a hope for others!
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I am a Thirty Something with a lovely wife and a 1 yr old baby boy. I love crafting, and especially Beading!
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