beads and jewels

Anyone know of any good beading basics and jewelry making blog? Like really extreme beginner? With pictures. With sweet patient ladies who hold your hand and walk you through each step? Just like the gazillion basic food blogs that are out there with measurements and teaspoons and pictures etc.

I am in desperate search of a new hobby, and this sounds like what I should be doing. Shut up and sit still and learn some patience. It may have something to do with the fact that I have a drawer full of colorful baubles that someone who enters my being and makes me buy at those gem shows that I get dragged to once a year.

The husband’s right. He claims everything I do lasts either for 3 months or 3 years. He calls it ADD and I call it flitting like a butterfly sucking honey from so many wonderful flowers out there! A butterfly can go poof! in the air any second right? Right. Yeah, so am getting out there and trying ’em all. Can’t trust this life what with tsunamis, and recessions and women carrying 12 babies and all..

Apocalyptic signs …

I know what you thinking. I am thinking the same too. Where the bloody hell am I going to find TIME to sit still and do this? I’ll find time, I don’t know how or what and when, but I will.  ..and once I feel better with this itch, I’ll quit and donate it all to that nice group of ladies I see outside the gem show cackling excitedly at their finds. But I got to go try this now. The bug’s bitten.

So anyone? As much as I hate using my blog entry as a Craigslist ad, hey, you poor things read me and love me enough to indulge me right? I promise I’ll put up pictures and for all the girls out there, think of the earrings and bracelets that may come your way for the holidays! Stop smirking, they’d be fine enough to wear. I have impeccable taste 😉


Thank you!

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44 replies on “beads and jewels”
    1. says: rads

      ahem! I know what you saying and I agree. I don’t think am stressed anymore. It’s the need to try something new and get it you know.. 🙂

  1. says: Maggie

    Look for jewellery making videos on the internet…even youtube has many…videos give a better picture.

    I started with a book from the library…that is the best way for beginning because it has a direction …then start exploring on the web

    :O) yay!

    1. says: rads

      hehe, had a feeling you’d know. I still wear those earrings you made and get teased by the husband coz apparently I look like a 4 year old on growth hormone! 😐

      Okay, u be my official coach then? 🙂

  2. says: M

    welcome to the beaded jewelry mania team…I go through phases of it myself 🙂 and I so hear you on there being so many wonderful things to learn, that it is impossible to stick to one thing for life!


  3. says: Kama

    Now, that’s unfair! “For all the girls out there?” For all the GIRLS out there?? What does that mean?! I protest!

    On a different note, I don’t know of any website. I started buying my beads and such when I was 16 and the pendants just became more and more elaborate as the years went by. I barely have any now– don’t wear them anymore and I just gave them away. Obviously, from the age of 16-22, I didn’t have the wisdom to write a blog on my beads exploration– else it would have come in handy now, wouldn’t it?

    I warn you though: It’s addictive. Once you start, you decide never to repeat any of your jewelry and once worn, you break it and make it into something else and something else. By the end of it, you’ll have a different accessory for each thing you wear. (You’ve been warned now!)

    Waiting for ’em pictures!

    1. says: rads

      hehehe, point taken. I shall now be on the lookout for being more specific 😀

      I so totally see me doing that. Getting addicted, re-doing stuff, taking it to a level I will need to check myself into rehab.


      1. says: My3

        Michaels has some really cool Indian looking stuff. I take my Sunday coupon and spend hours trying to find something and then throw the proverbial beads in the air and come home and blame my husband for not giving me a daughter ;-).

        Moral of the story::When all else fails, blame the husband.

        1. says: rads

          LOL! You too kind, blaming the husband is my default mode ;-D

          I was there yesterday and blew $60. This week’s turned out expensive 😐

    1. says: rads

      I so have. Did you click on that tag?

      But you know what, I understand your shock. I shock myself occasionally too. Out of body experience and all that jazz..

  4. says: Sands

    That’s cool. My older sister does this a lot and even sells her creations. Meg got into it when my sister was visiting and loves it. I will ask my sister if she has come across any sites 🙂 Any pointers I find here will also benefit Meg 😉

    1. says: rads

      yeah? Cool! Ive always admired folks who can create stuff. I remember trying earlier and then gave up coz the kids wree running all over threatening to put them beads in mouths or other forbidden places..

      Yes, get her in, she may just make u cool ones! 😉

  5. says: Manchus

    Looks like you are like me in this regard.
    As a kid I have done beading, you know in villages how they make ‘Thoranam’ and even small stuff like Chair, table etc made of beads for Navratri Golu. I have done that, I need to ask my Mom if she still has it.

    This post rekindled my passion for this art form!!

    1. says: rads

      lol, I totally remember them. It seems similar to teh peyote stitch above. Check that link out.. it is right?
      So u buying a bead kit tonight? 😀

  6. says: Gayatri

    woman, where do you have the time and energy??!!! I have too much respect for you 😛

    I can barely pack 2 dabbas and work!

  7. i can so relate to this post with the only difference that my latest bug is crochet 🙂
    know of any good sites to give me free designs and ofcourse with pics and videos?

    and i guess being butterflies is so interesting and colourful 😉

    1. says: metlin

      and i guess being butterflies is so interesting and colourful 😉

      There are some definite advantages.

      You could always refer to yourself as We, and people would assume it’s the royal We.

      For another, you don’t need to get offended when people tell you that you suck, because, well that’s pretty much all you do any way.

      The only downside would be when some jackass of a collector decides to go after your royal, collective asses.

    2. says: rads

      ah crochet. I remember doing a doily once ages ago and it got all wrinkly and hardly a perfect circle. The stitch however’s cool 🙂

  8. says: My3

    Hey Rads! No clue about arty stuff. But I can give you some a chain of really small tiny sapphires that I bought on a whim and have NO clue what to do with them now. My contribution to your artistic future 😀

    1. says: rads

      Heyy! You’re back! 🙂

      lol, sure, let me first try my hand at something this weekend. After seeing that, if you’d like to take a chance with me, send ’em over. Will see what “art” I can create 😀

  9. says: My3

    Hey Rads! No clue about arty stuff. But I can give you a chain of really small tiny sapphires that I bought on a whim and have NO clue what to do with them now. My contribution to your artistic future 😀

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