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  • billyjoejimbob
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    When someone complains about your price. Tell them how many hours it will take you and multiply it by what THEY make hourly. Plus supplies!

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  • chazziff
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    i paid 175 for matching beaded barrette, earrings and a wristband with a ring attached ... deals you find outside a casino .. lol

    dang i need to get back to beading .. i go in "spurts" lol .. i need someone to tell me to bead everyday ... lol

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  • Blackbear
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    umm... I paid 200 dollars for a barrette once.. well actually it was a pin and I turned it into a barrette. The center of it was an ivory rose.

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  • billyjoejimbob
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    My problem is that I get discouraged fast when a project is slow going and has some problems. I cant stand taking beads back out. Ill bead non stop for a week and stop for a month.

    I stick mainly to applique, i couldnt get the lazy stich lines even.

    So far the only things I have done were in 11/0s, my wifes new set, well,she wants 13/0 cuts.

    I was at Schemitzun back in 93 (the firs at the civic center) and sat behind a lady who was beading a pair of mocs. She was so fast I couldnt believe it. Picking up the beads sewing them on and picking up more bam bam bam. she had a whol toe done in like half an hour! It took me about 30hours to do my wifes barette which is 4x6 oval.

    Selling - as you can see, 30hours on a barette, imagine getting paid hourly. That barette would cost $200!

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  • pinklady
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    i love to bead, i recently went back to college and now im having to spend more time with homework and studying. which takes away from beading, i miss it so much!!! but all i did on spring break was BEAD!!! it was great!

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  • warhoop
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    I love to bead, it only became a chore for me when people wanted custom work and then expect it the next day. So now I refuse to do such work. I work on my own littlethings and then put them up for sale. I agree with most of you that it's relaxing and a form of meditation. I love beading after a long day at work. However I can't bead with the TV on, only the radio I like my eeyes to focus on whats at hand and not roaming back and forth.

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  • Blackbear
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    Oh you know it Bahnisian!! ROFLMAO! When I get antsy.. the mouth starts to go on.. and then I get told to go somewhere.. do something ROFLMAO!

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  • bahnisiain
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    Originally posted by Blackbear
    It's a necessity for me.... I get antsy and even depressed when I don't have my beading time.
    lord knows we don't want an ansty bear!

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  • Tlinkamoe
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    I love to bead! When I have the time I get to bead at work. I have changed schedules so I can't now. But I bead at home in between the house chores and in between the basketball and softball practices. It is a necessity because having someone else bead for me can get expensive. So I might as well do it myself.

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  • musicedu77
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    beadwork should never feel like its a chore...to me i find beadwork is what relaxes me...sometimes i bead what i need then i bead just for the heck of it...i do beadwork at school cuz i spend majority there..ppl wonderin wut the heck im doing sometimes...even quillwork relaxes me... i give props to all those mas and grandmas who took the time to teach us in their busy schedule..

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  • Cecini
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    I bead a lot, especially when I am just watching tv. I have to have my hands busy, and it helps me relax.

    When I was going through a major issue of hand shakings and head shaking because of an allergy... it gave me something to focus on as I tried to regain my motor skills.

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  • bahnisiain
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    i find i love to bead just for beading. its a hobby that i get paid on occassion.

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  • turtleclaninc
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    well lets hear some of the granny tips....hehe

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  • Native 1
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    yeah I understand about money...one time I had to give up my precious beadwork..that I thought were master pieces...lol because I had to pay some bills...I used to bead to pay bills and I kinda felt guilty because I didn't feel the person who bought them would appreciate them as much..hahaha but then when I go back to that shop and its gone then I know that someone appreciated that particular piece of beadwork...sometimes I can just bead and bead for hours..other times I bead I put it down do other stuff..and then bead again..or sew for awhile and then bead..made alot of things on the road to a pow wow...lol..thats why I always have an on the go bag..with all the stuff I need to finish that one project..lol...like someone said..I drag my feet on a project until I know where each design will go and how it will all come out with the colors I have then I feel confident that this is how its sposed to come out...theres alot of work that it entails but since I learned all kinds of bead work I wouldn't have it any other way...watching my grandmothers bead huge projects and seeing the end result which was always beautiful, encouraged me to do the best I can...sometimes I would unravel something 20x until I felt like its right..my grandmothers/aunts would tell me little tips about beadwork which I still use today and they would sit there and tell stories while beading never messing up their designs etc...I really admired those ladies for carrying on that tradition and that is how I keep on beading...and collecting my beads...lol..I look forward to the bigger pow wows to check out what people have created and also to check out and buy beads...

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  • turtleclaninc
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    Sekoh Orye
    She:kon Yakyatatenonhkwe

    This is one of my favorite threads, mostly because the people responding show all the little lifes quirks. Funny how a Seed Bead can change the world. What beader hasn't sold work to make bills in tight situations?. Beaded items to fund the next pow-wow trip?. or how beading teaches paitence love and artistic release. Yet as the stories unfold we see we are imprisoned by these Dang Beads... LOL ..I enjoy all the stories.
    thanks to pow-wows.com, moderators and staff and all who post for keeping this site active ........Onen

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