…A Guide For The Aspiring Bead Artist
by Warren S. Feld

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.|



Be A Good Customer

o Bring your eye-glasses. If you need glasses to read, you need glasses to bead and buy beads.

o Bring your pictures.

o If you are working on a project, or using a particular stringing material or other supplies, bring those with you.

o If just starting, don’t begin with hard, complex projects. Start simply.

o It’s easier to learn from a human being, than from a book. Books tend to have incomplete information, and assume the reader knows a lot already. Have someone – a friend or a bead shop instructor – show you what to do. Then use a book for additional support and elaboration.

o Build up a palette – a collection of a range of colors, sizes, materials, shapes, and types of beads and jewelry findings. The good beader and the good jewelry designer works like an artist from a palette. It takes a long time to build up such a palette. And every bead, finding, color and type isn’t available all the time.

o Be kind to the next shopper (and the staff). Put things back where they belong and in the right order, or give them to the staff to put back. The right shelf, the right slot, the right section, the right rack, the right color, the right code number, the right hanger.


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