…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.|


Why People Like To Bead and Make Jewelry

Most people, when they get started beading or making jewelry, they don’t have this overwhelming urge to shove an Elephant into their craftroom. On the contrary, Elephants are some of the furthest things from their minds. Most people look to beading to fulfill other needs.

Over the years we’ve seen many people pick up beading and jewelry making as a hobby. They are drawn to these for many reasons, but most often, to make fashionable jewelry at a much lower cost than they would find for the same pieces in a Department store. When you start with the parts, and the labor is all your own, it’s considerably less than the retail prices you would find in a store for the same pieces.

Some people want to make jewelry for themselves. Others want to make handmade gifts. Giving someone something of great value, that reflects a personal expression of creativity, and a labor of love – you can’t beat it. And everyone loves jewelry.

When people get into beading, they discover it’s fun. They tap into their inner-creative-self. They see challenges, and find ways to meet them. They take classes. They buy books. They join beading groups and bead societies. They have beading parties with their friends. They scour web-sites on-line looking for images of and patterns for jewelry. They comb the web and the various beading, jewelry-making and craft magazines, looking for sources and resources. They join on-line bead boards, on-line forums, on-line web-rings, on-line ezines, and on-line blogs. They take shopping trips to malls and boutiques and like little good Agatha Christies and Sherlock Holmes’s, they spy, looking for fashions, fashion trends, and fashionistas. They attend traveling bead shows. And every town they visit, they schedule some free time to check out the local bead stores.

As people get more into beading, some discover that it is not only a source of artistic self-expression, but also has many meditative qualities. It’s relaxing. It takes your mind off the here and now, and transports you to a very calming place.

Still, for others, beading becomes a way to earn some extra income. It might be to supplement what you’re making now. It might be a way to generate some extra dollars after you retire. It might be the start of your own business as a designer of jewelry. It might be a sense of independence and self-reliance. Having someone pay you for something you made is often the hook that gets people addicted to beadwork.

Most people, however, are content just to bead. There are no Rogue Elephants to corral and capture. They may realize that they are out there somewhere, but don’t particularly care. Or sometimes they are unfamiliar with or can’t see all the possibilities. Perhaps they get stuck. No mentor, no book, no magazine, no project to entice them or spark an interest in something more than what they are doing now.

For those fewer people, however, who get a whiff of the hunt, well, what a trip they are in for.

Proposal to catch, translocate rogue elephants sanctioned
By Our Staff Correspondent
HASSAN, MARCH 5. Responding to the pleas of the elected representatives and officials of the Forest Department, the State Government has sanctioned the proposal sent by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) to catch and translocate two rogue elephants creating havoc in Alur, Sakleshpur, and Arkalgud taluks of Hassan district and Somvarpet taluk of Kodagu district.
In a letter to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Forests, Environment and Ecology, H.M. Mallikarjuna, has said that permission has been granted to catch and translocate the two rogue elephants.
The decision will relieve the people in 300 villages in the two districts from fear of elephant attacks.
Six elephants — Arjuna, Gajendra, Abhimanyu, Bharatha, Sri Rama, and Harsha — have been summoned from Nagarahole forest area for the operation and are moving around the forest area to surround the rogue elephants. Noted veterinarian, Chettiyappa, has accompanied these elephants and is helping the officials in the operation.
The renowned elephant tracker, Venkatesh, has identified the rogue elephants and has taken their photographs. The forest officials are confident of catching the rogue elephants in the next few days, as the recalcitrant animals are moving in and around Kaganur forest area. Participating in the programme arranged for inaugurating the camp, Mr. Gowda said that the elephant menace is not limited to the district and is a natural phenomenon in Mysore, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, and Bangalore Rural districts. There are more than 2,000 elephants in the area and catching and translocating them is not a permanent solution. A national policy is the need of the hour, he noted.
– Sapa-AFP



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