…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.|


Patience Boosters

Many beaders love to bead, but lack the time, focus or motivation. They get too busy. They end up with a lot of unfinished projects. Often achieving success gets too frustrating. There are too many competing demands.

Most of us are like this. So I wanted to know what kinds of things do you do to increase your patience. How do you construct and manage the situations you are in -- with all these competing demands for your time and energy -- so that you can bead?

Are there some strategic short-cuts you take, when beading or designing, so you can speed things up?

What are your Patience Boosters?

“When I'm working my "day" job, I have a 3 X 5 note pad I carry with me and use it to write or draw ideas until I can get back to the beads.

When I get home I fix supper and bead until bead time. Then on Saturday I pick any projects that I want to get finished and do completion work then.

I find that projects in the "Lost interest category" never get finished and every so often I cut them up and reclaim the beads.”

Marilyn Earhart, Florida

Patience boosters, indeed.



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