HOW TO BEAD A ROGUE ELEPHANT
warrenfeld
…A Guide For The Aspiring Bead Artist
by Warren S. Feld
blog.landofodds.com

Excerpts From This Ever-Evolving Tale.....

I don’t mean to drag a poor Elephant by its tail, kicking and screaming, into our bead world against its wishes. Nor do I perceive the elephant to be a threat, like you might see an Elephant in the boudoir, or the fine china store. And I don’t want you to shut your eyes and pretend not to notice that this Elephant is here, standing shoulder to shoulder with every beader and jewelry maker around.

The Elephant is not a joke. And the fact that it is “Rogue” makes it more important than ever to figure out why it’s here, among size #10 English beading needles, and Czech size 11/0 seed beads, and Austrian crystal beads. It seems so worldly, yet other-worldly, our Elephant. It’s not our muse. It’s not our Cassandra. It has no secret plan or strategy. It does not depend on its size to make its point. It does not hesitate to stomp and chomp and clomp because the beads before it are raku or glass or gemstone or crystal or metal or plastic. But a Rogue Elephant in the middle of our craft room forces upon us a completely different logic, so that we can make sense of it all.

CURRENT ROGUE ELEPHANT BLOG ARTICLES


Introduction

A
Addiction To Beads

Advanced Bead Studies

Anatomy of A Necklace

Applied Fashion

Aunt Gert

B
Be A Good Customer

Bead Spills

Beading Aphorisms

Beading Calisthenics #1 Five Finger Stretchies

Beading Calisthenics #2 Zen Needle Threading

Beading Calisthenics #3
Composition in Gray and Gray

Beading Calisthenics #4 Head Turning/Turning Beads

Beading Calisthenics #5
2-Needle Race

Beading Calisthenics #6 Tight, Tighter, Tightest / Loose, Looser, Loosest

Beading Calisthenics #7 Aren't You Glad You Used Orange?

Beading Calisthenics #8 Speaking With Beads

Beading Calisthenics #9 Bead Massage

Beading Calisthenics #10 Daisy Stitch Expansion

Beads and Race

Bead Stringer and the Clients

Business Successes and Failures

Buyer Beware

C
Catching the "Bead-Bug"

Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts - History from Start to Success

Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts - Part One

Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts - Part Two

Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts - Part Three

Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts - Part Four

Coming Out As A Jewelry Artist

Confronting Your Rogue Elephant

Containers - Keeping Things Organized

Contemplation

Conversion

Copyrighting My Pieces

D
Dabbling As An Artist

Dabbling As A Business

Day-Dreaming About Design

E
Evolving Obsession
F
Finding Inspiration

G
Gallery Hopping

Garage Sale To Downtown Store

Getting Started Beading and Making Jewelry

Getting Started In Business

H
How Do You Learn?

How Not To Shop

How Sparkle Enters Peoples Lives

How To Bead In A Car
I
Inner Me

J
Jewelry, No Longer A Sudden Turn, Was Now A Career

Jewelry, Sex, and Sexuality

K L
Land of Odds - At The Beginning
M
Measurements You Need To Know

N
Naming Your Business
O
On My Own, Through Books or Through Classes?
P
Patience Boosters

Planning Your Necklace

Play
Q R
Reading Patterns and Instructions

RETHINKING THE TEACHING OF “COLOR” TO BEADERS AND JEWELRY MAKERS or, HOW JEWELRY DESIGNERS SHOULD APPROACH COLOR

S
Safari

Satisfaction

Self-Esteem -- Making Choices

Selling vs. Keeping

Shady Business

Shopping For Beads

Society of Bead Artists

Stitch of the Month

T
Teaching Beading/Jewelry Making - 3 Different Approaches

Thinking Through Your Business Model

Tips For Buying Beads At A Bead Show

To Be, Or Not To Be?

Types of Beading and Jewelry Making

Types of Things You Need To Learn

U
Unfinished Projects

Upstairs, Downstairs At The Bead Store

V

W
Was Freedom Enough?

What Can You Do With Beads?

What MORE does it take?

What Should I Create?

What To Look For In A Bead

When You Look At A Bead, What Do You See?

Why People Like To Bead and Make Jewelry

WOMEN and men

Work Spaces

Working From A Palette

X Y
Your Unused Bead Stash
Z

 

 


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