Anybody interested in the above? Was wondering if anyone had good ideas as regards sourcing materials. I've only found 2 bead shops in Dublin and 1 in Galway so far, and while they're good, they're a bit expensive if you're buying more than a few bits.
I've bought online from the UK and the US (although the VAT and customs charges on the latter were a bit offputting!) but it still works out as expensive!
Anyone done any beading/jewellery making evening classes?
yeh i did a bit of jewelley making in college but we just got the beads from that shop off grafton street although i have to admit it is a bit pricey.
have you ever tried making your beads, eg using pasta shapes/ feathers etc.
i find you need really nimble fingers and good hand eye coordination for making the stuff, as the beads go everywhere. i do say it would be tough to do with big fingers (eg to grip the really small beads etc)
Only two places I know of that sell beads in Dublin are Crown Alley and Yellow Brick Road although I'm sure there's more. I think Crown Alley give discounts if you buy a good bit of stuff. Two of my friends are really into making jewellery so I'll find out for ya.
FAS run a course in stone setting/jewellery making and Snorla posted up a link to a course in Kilkenny if you're interested in doing that. I'm sure there are loads of courses about.
beads must be so cheap to manufacture, i suppose they have to charge the high prices because they'r targeting such a select market.
if you get embroidery thread (use lots of different colours and you can make really cool friendship braclets aswell).
i think some of the fabric shops like hickeys have a small selection of beads, and inspiring ideas might have a few things. Larianne does Evans sell beads? they would be the cheapest option.
NCAD are running a jewellery making course during the autumn (21 weeks long) http://www.ncad.ie/faculties/education/cead_short.shtml they also are running courses in short courses include: Painting, drawing, ideas generation, print-making, photography, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, fashion design, textile printing, creative embroidery, design for print, principles for design, bronze casting, sculpture and port-folio preparation.
the yellow brick road are also running an 8 week course in it during autumn http://www.yellowbrickroad.ie/classes/classes.asp?Item=000
you might find some classes here aswell http://www.irishjewellerycourses.com/
Not Sure about Evans selling beads to be honest. Haven't been in there in about two years since college.
Also check out Dublin Woolen Mills (beside Ha'penny Bridge) for beads. A small selection.
Ya should check out second hand shops for old necklaces and bags that have beads.
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys - brilliant stuff!
Larianne, I've scoured a few charity shops for beads - actually Claire's Accessories isn't bad if you're looking for cheap and cheerful stuff, you can buy things for next to nothing and cannibalise them!
Snorlax, I've tried making beads from Fimo but they never seem to come out the way I want them to! Used to make lovely friendship bracelets in school but haven't done it in ages.
Fimo is great stuff for using with kids as it's really bright and colourful, eg you get instant results from it.
i love moulding with it as clay tends to crack and fall apart on me. has anyone ever used the terracotta clay? iv heard that's supposed to be good but iv never actually tried it out myself.
I have gotten into making jewellery. The lady in Crown Jewels is very helpful. There is a bead shop in Blackrock Market called BDI - great name. I got beads in a shop in Brighton and bought a basic booklet about making jewellery. I can send you a copy, PM me.
Can anyone recommend any bead design books??? I was looking in the library for some there, but to no avail.
Was looking for an evening course and came across a Jewellery making (bead work) course that takes place in Ringend.
Don't know if it's any good. But just thought I'd mention it for anyone interested who lives in the area.
I'm sure there's many of those type of classes held around the country.
The key with shaping and working clay is moisture - friction creating heat & it gets tired(just like us).
Iif it is beginning to crack and feel dry to the touch, just add a LITTLE water (literally a drop or two if making beads). Less is more. like adding liquids to flour when baking. You can always add more again if needed.
Terracotta beads will need to be fired to make them hard.
Also you need to allow for a small bit if shrinkage, so make the holes large enough for your desired string.
If your having trouble finding some good books on beading ideas at library try some magazines from the bookstore. Two really good beading magazines out there is Bead & Buttons and Beadwork. I know while I was in the UK I did find the Bead & Buttons magazine. Can find them easily enough online and get subscription to them.
Found this site while trying to see what sort of bead stores are in Dublin!
hey guys, usually buy stuff in yellow brick rd. where is Crown Alley?! In Cork.. there's a craft shop in Paul St. Shopping Centre, have an ok selection there and woman is lovely that works there. V. helpful!
i would really like to start making jewerally again i used to make small friendship braclets when i was at school but they weren't very good quality and coz now its seems to be all about beads in fashion at the mo and gypsy style necklaces and stuff i wanna know what i can do to get started my mum said the next time we do down to southhampton hoby craft sell loads of beads and stuff and there is a shop near me called venerable beads which i used to buy all my stuff from,
Is it best to start off making the smple stuff then move on to harder stuff i think it will be a good little hobby for me as all i seem to do now adays is read books and whinge that i am bored!!
it really interests me to make my own jewerally so im not wearing what everyone else is wearing and i can sell it and make a profit!! good investment i think!!
CROWN JEWELS is actually the name of the store, although years ago it used to be located in Crown Alley, Temple Bar so maybe that's the confusion. It's in Castle Market, Dublin 2, which is next to George's St. Market Arcade. It's beside the wonderful fabric store Murphy Sheehy's, as well as the vintage clothes store The Harlequin. someone was asking about books, and you can buy instruction books for beading in Crown Jewels. I got a little one there which was great help when getting started to insure that I was doing things properly and my projects wouldn't fall apart!
Welcome Addie , you should post under who's who to tell us what crafts/ types of art your interested in.