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  • #16
    Flutemaker, I use shipwreck beads and while I do cull a few, I don't think it is any more than the other places I buy from. I even bought the loose turquoise beads because they were half the price of the ones on a hank, and even they are not that bad. I guess it depends on how picky you are. I mostly do loomwork and applique and they work great for me. Like I said, you get the occasional "hot dog", super thin, or bead with a little tumor on the side, but I really don't think it is that much. Out of a full half kilo I maybe toss one loop of one hank, I never really measured it though.

    This place is so cheap because they use the Walmart principle and buy in massive bulk straight from the manufacturer. Many of the smaller bead suppliers in the US buy from shipwreck and others and then mark them up again. They are the same exact beads that many other traders buy from. There are 3 big bead importers in the US that I know of and this is one of them.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by The Rat View Post
      One more beginner question (for now),

      What are your suggestions for the best material to tack the beads onto for a fancy set?

      i would use craft cloth from joanns (i think thats what its called) the edges dont fray. and its very sturdy and light weight.
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      • #18
        I agree with all that's been said here and don't have much more to add.

        Delicas look great if sewn in lazy stitch but can look kinda chunky if you are doing curvy applique beading. Maybe instead of using Delicas you can buy some 12/o Czech cut beads for you design elements. Those will give you a nice bit of sparkle against an unfaceted background.

        I've always bought my half and full kilos from Shipwreck. They have the best prices I have found. Once in a while General Bead (genbead.com) has a great sale price but that's been happening less and less.

        Yeah, canvas or duck cloth is great stuff. Cheap, breathable, tolerates moisture and holds stitches well.

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        • #19
          I'm glad I came upon this thread...came in handy cuz I was just having some bead questions myself!! Thanks all!

          But Boss, I am working!!......on finding my next pow-wow that is!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by wyo_rose View Post
            Delicas are beautiful, but I agree with the above: they tend to have sharp edges, the finish can wear off, they have huge holes, AND they're more expensive.
            holy crap are they expensive!! i just got back from picking up some beads. i got 4 colors.....11/0's.....30gram tubes $2 each. i took a look at the delicas and i didnt realize they were that much more. same colors in 15 gram tubes were 9$ each. is that the standard price differential?

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            • #21
              Fire Mt Gems is around $3.18 for 7.5 grams. $18 for 50grams.
              There are 2 types of people in the world...
              Really stupid people who think they are smart
              and
              Really smart people who think they are smart.

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              • #22
                Ouch! $9 is TOO HIGH!! I got mine for about $4 for the little tube at the ShoBan Trading Post (Clothes Horse). Of course this was several years ago.
                ...it is what it is...

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