Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Finding beading sites

I'm always looking for something new - a new way of wire wrapping, a new stitch, a new use for toggle clasps, a different type of chainmaille or a new technique in polymer clay.
The problem is all the blogs that are dedicated to this sort of thing interconnect an share posts, so i end up looking at the same thing again and again. you've really got to look hard for something new.
so here are some of the things i do to find new techniques;
  • go to deviant art - artisan crafts - jewelry. I like looking at the different ways people use beads as art.
  • go to Xmarks - a web favourites/bookmarks organiser, and search bead blogs.
  • go to the guilds and specific forums; wire artists guild, polymer clay artists guild, ganoskin blog, beadforum.com.au
  • use stumble upon an select the channel; hobbies- crafts from the stumbleupon toolbar. try and adapt techniques you see to beading and jewelry making.

Doing these things youll soon find overlooked techniques and tips that you can cannabalise and put into your own jewelry, making your work unique.

I do not mean copying an original piece that someone else has creative ownership of, but rather noting what you do and don't like, what you do and don't know how to do, and what you think you could use.

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