bracelet sizing, and beads :)

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Arlee » Thu, 19 Feb 2004 12:17:23



Hi all, I am back after a looooong absence, and have been enjoying looking
at all of the beautiful work that you all share!

My 1st question is, how much ease do you allow when making a beaded
bracelet? I want to make some for myself, crystals, bali, etc...and have a
large 7 1/4 inch wrist. How do I figure my finished length taking the toggle
or clasp into mind? Is it just trial and error, or is there some method?

2nd question: I would dearly love to support my local bead store, and still
plan to, but I find that .35 for a 4mm bicone swarovsky seems expensive, and
her prices go up to about 1.15 for  a larger round. Anyway, I love the
crystals and would love a cost efficient way to get them. Any
recommendations? I would also like to find the sterling toggle clasps and
bali spacers, bead caps etc...for less too. I have found a plethora of
sites, but am having trouble sorting through the multitudes of items
available!

Thanks in advance, and thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration!

Arleen in GA

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Lee S. Billin » Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:53:53



says...

Quote:

>Hi all, I am back after a looooong absence, and have been enjoying looking
>at all of the beautiful work that you all share!

>My 1st question is, how much ease do you allow when making a beaded
>bracelet? I want to make some for myself, crystals, bali, etc...and have a
>large 7 1/4 inch wrist. How do I figure my finished length taking the toggle
>or clasp into mind? Is it just trial and error, or is there some method?

The amount of extra length you need depends on the diameter of the beads you're
using. With round beads, it's generally recommended that you just add 3 beads;
if using other shapes, use enough extra to add up to 3 x the diameter as
measured perpendicular to the stringing direction (give or take a bit is okay).

Celine

--
Handmade jewelry at http://www.rubylane.com/shops/starcat
"Only the powers of evil claim that doing good is boring."  
-- Diane Duane, _Nightfall at Algemron_

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Arlee » Thu, 19 Feb 2004 21:39:22


Quote:
>snip a bunch

> The amount of extra length you need depends on the diameter of the beads
you're
> using. With round beads, it's generally recommended that you just add 3
beads;
> if using other shapes, use enough extra to add up to 3 x the diameter as
> measured perpendicular to the stringing direction (give or take a bit is
okay).

> Celine

Ahh, I see...thanks Celine, that is very helpful! BTW, I looked at your
beautiful pieces on Ruby Lane, I especially love the crystal cat necklace!
Arleen
 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Karin Cerni » Fri, 20 Feb 2004 00:41:30


Swarovski sources:

INM Crystal  http://www.inmcrystal.com  No wholesale number required,
$50 minimum, wholesale prices if you are willing to buy 150 of the 4 and
6mm bicones.(all I buy, so I can't speak to other prices)

Halsteads  http://www.halsteadbead.com  Does require a wholesale number,
$100 minimum, but only have to buy 100 of a color to get the price.

ME Lampworks  http://www.melampworks.com  She's just starting to carry 4
and 6mm bicones, at wholesale prices if you buy a gross, very good
prices even at lower quantities.  (And especially nice for me since she
lives less than a mile away from me. :-)  

INM has the best color choices, but has problems keeping things in
stock.  

Karin

Quote:

> Hi all, I am back after a looooong absence, and have been enjoying looking
> at all of the beautiful work that you all share!

> My 1st question is, how much ease do you allow when making a beaded
> bracelet? I want to make some for myself, crystals, bali, etc...and have a
> large 7 1/4 inch wrist. How do I figure my finished length taking the toggle
> or clasp into mind? Is it just trial and error, or is there some method?

> 2nd question: I would dearly love to support my local bead store, and still
> plan to, but I find that .35 for a 4mm bicone swarovsky seems expensive, and
> her prices go up to about 1.15 for  a larger round. Anyway, I love the
> crystals and would love a cost efficient way to get them. Any
> recommendations? I would also like to find the sterling toggle clasps and
> bali spacers, bead caps etc...for less too. I have found a plethora of
> sites, but am having trouble sorting through the multitudes of items
> available!

> Thanks in advance, and thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration!

> Arleen in GA

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by lgreen » Fri, 20 Feb 2004 01:59:17


Arleen:
http://www.expressive-impressions has 4mm bicones starting at .05 depending
on quantity and color.

I believe there is a $50 minimum.  They also have great prices on toggles
and other findings, too.

Maybe you'll find something there.

I've bought from them for quite a while, and if you don't have a tax id,
just give them your SSN.

LG

Quote:
> Hi all, I am back after a looooong absence, and have been enjoying looking
> at all of the beautiful work that you all share!

> My 1st question is, how much ease do you allow when making a beaded
> bracelet? I want to make some for myself, crystals, bali, etc...and have a
> large 7 1/4 inch wrist. How do I figure my finished length taking the
toggle
> or clasp into mind? Is it just trial and error, or is there some method?

> 2nd question: I would dearly love to support my local bead store, and
still
> plan to, but I find that .35 for a 4mm bicone swarovsky seems expensive,
and
> her prices go up to about 1.15 for  a larger round. Anyway, I love the
> crystals and would love a cost efficient way to get them. Any
> recommendations? I would also like to find the sterling toggle clasps and
> bali spacers, bead caps etc...for less too. I have found a plethora of
> sites, but am having trouble sorting through the multitudes of items
> available!

> Thanks in advance, and thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration!

> Arleen in GA

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Lee S. Billin » Fri, 20 Feb 2004 02:38:29



says...

Quote:
>> The amount of extra length you need depends on the diameter of the beads
>> you're using. With round beads, it's generally recommended that you just add
>> 3 beads; if using other shapes, use enough extra to add up to 3 x the
>> diameter as measured perpendicular to the stringing direction (give or take
>> a bit is okay).

>Ahh, I see...thanks Celine, that is very helpful! BTW, I looked at your
>beautiful pieces on Ruby Lane, I especially love the crystal cat necklace!

Thank you, I try. <g> That tip, BTW, is out of the Rio Grande catalog. If you
go to their website (www.riogrande.com), they have a whole bunch of helpful
tips about various aspects of jewelry-making.

Celine

--
Handmade jewelry at http://www.rubylane.com/shops/starcat
"Only the powers of evil claim that doing good is boring."  
-- Diane Duane, _Nightfall at Algemron_

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Christina Peterso » Fri, 20 Feb 2004 05:23:15


Letrinka is my favorite source for Swarovski.
http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&include=0...
You might find better prices with more restrictions, but I just love working
with her.

For odd colors and a better range of satins I go to 2Bead.  Which is eluding
me at the moment.

One thing that will determine the length of bracelet you like, is how your
thumbs spread.  I find that I spread my hands very wide, so that it's easy
to break bracelets or bruise my hand from bracelets, so I always wear
bracelets tighter than many people do.

Tina


Quote:
> Hi all, I am back after a looooong absence, and have been enjoying looking
> at all of the beautiful work that you all share!

> My 1st question is, how much ease do you allow when making a beaded
> bracelet? I want to make some for myself, crystals, bali, etc...and have a
> large 7 1/4 inch wrist. How do I figure my finished length taking the
toggle
> or clasp into mind? Is it just trial and error, or is there some method?

> 2nd question: I would dearly love to support my local bead store, and
still
> plan to, but I find that .35 for a 4mm bicone swarovsky seems expensive,
and
> her prices go up to about 1.15 for  a larger round. Anyway, I love the
> crystals and would love a cost efficient way to get them. Any
> recommendations? I would also like to find the sterling toggle clasps and
> bali spacers, bead caps etc...for less too. I have found a plethora of
> sites, but am having trouble sorting through the multitudes of items
> available!

> Thanks in advance, and thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration!

> Arleen in GA

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Dr. So » Fri, 20 Feb 2004 08:49:24


ARLEEN!  Welcome back!

Hey, what is going ON?  We seem to have the Return of many oldbies here.
~~
Sooz
-------
"Those in the cheaper seats clap. The rest of you rattle your jewelry." John
Lennon (1940 - 1980) Royal Varieties Performance
~ Dr. Sooz's Bead Links
http://airandearth.netfirms.com/soozlinkslist.html

 
 
 

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Post by Dr. So » Fri, 20 Feb 2004 08:55:07


Quote:
>2nd question: I would dearly love to support my local bead store, and still
>plan to, but I find that .35 for a 4mm bicone swarovsky seems expensive, and
>her prices go up to about 1.15 for  a larger round. Anyway, I love the
>crystals and would love a cost efficient way to get them. Any
>recommendations?

I do support my LBS....in many ways.  Mostly, though, buyingSwarovski crystals
is not one of the ways.  I get most of mine from Letrinka:

Crystals Xpress eBay Store
http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=208059&ssPageName=L2

Also, check the Links List, under Beading Supplies:

Dr. Sooz's Links List (bigger & better than ever)
http://airandearth.netfirms.com/soozlinkslist.html

Quote:
>I would also like to find the sterling toggle clasps and
>bali spacers, bead caps etc...for less too. I have found a plethora of
>sites, but am having trouble sorting through the multitudes of items
>available!

I spend on silver clasps on eBay:

BEADAHOLIQUE store
http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=1121778

and Nicole's store, but I lost a ton of links recently when changing over to
9.0......dammit!  Anyone have her store name?  I NEEEEEED it.
~~
Sooz
-------
"Those in the cheaper seats clap. The rest of you rattle your jewelry." John
Lennon (1940 - 1980) Royal Varieties Performance
~ Dr. Sooz's Bead Links
http://airandearth.netfirms.com/soozlinkslist.html

 
 
 

bracelet sizing, and beads :)

Post by Arlee » Sat, 21 Feb 2004 07:25:21


thanks for all of the helpful answers! I really appreciate the knowledge
that you all have of this craft, it is truly amazing! Thanks again,
Arleen