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09-10-2007, 05:52 PM #1
I'm wondering if anyone else enjoys making jewelry out of beads?
I've recently gotten hooked on it and have been making several
bracelets. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good websites to
buy bulk beads at discounted prices? So far I've just been going to
Hobby Lobby but think I can get better pricing online.
I figured I would throw the question out there before I go browsing
09-10-2007, 05:52 PM #2
Here is a website that has a lot of good one's cause I buy from here a lot. This site also has patterns.
And if you do a search in your search engine you can find more sites. I just type in Beads and that usualy works for me.
09-10-2007, 05:53 PM #3
I've always enjoyed making jewelry. In fact, my favorite "pride"
necklace and earrings were actually made by "moi" because I didn't like
any of the jewelry I found on-line! Unfortunately, working full-time
and raising two kids leaves me very little time to make jewelry.
Most of the beads I've gotten have just come from a local hobby/craft
store, Michael's, and have not been in bulk. I don't know what their on-
line selection is like, but in-store they have quite a bit of beautiful
beads to choose from.
For bulk beads you might want to try Beads In Bulk. The website is set
up to make finding beads very easy. They are categorized by style,
color, etc. And they have a flat shipping rate.
Last year I was able to find quite a few beading/jewelry making sets
for my daughter at Five Below. One of the sets was for Egyptian
jewelry, so there were some really pretty and unique beads in that set.
A friend of mine took a class on glass and now makes her own beads!
Now I'm feeling inspired to go home and make some Christmas presents!
09-10-2007, 05:55 PM #4
09-10-2007, 05:57 PM #5
Shipwreck Beads is one site that has pretty good selection and pricing.
The other one I used to buy from was Fire Mountain Gems. Website
I know Fire Mountain offers assortability (5 of this and 5 of that gets you
a discount) and a break if you order multiples (1-4 at $1 or 5-10 at $0.75).
I'm pretty sure Shipwreck does too. Arbeads, http://www.artbeads.com, has smaller
quantities of stuff, but per-piece, it's more expensive than the other two.
http://www.justbeads.com is an auction site for beads. Many of them are handmade,
one-of-a-kinds and are beautiful. You can get decent deals on ebay too, but
just know what you're buying to make sure you're actually getting a good
deal (as with everything on ebay).
A couple of sites to check out for projects are http://www.eebeads.com,
http://www.beadandbutton.com, http://www.beadstyle.com, http://www.firemountaingems.com. Both
eeBeads and Fire Mountain projects are free and are, of course, slanted
toward what you can buy from them. Bead & Button and Beadstyle are magazines
that offer some projects for free (at least if you get the newsletter they
do) and many more for purchase. Bead & Button and Beadstyle would also have
links to other vendors -- there are TONS out there, and many of them are
kind of boutique -- they focus on certain types of beads. But Shipwreck and
Fire Mountain offer virtually anything you'd want -- they even have
packaging, ready-made jewelry to sell, displays, etc.
It's an addicting hobby. I picked it up after my first child was born, but
as soon as he was old enough to be interested in what I was doing (and
trying to eat the beads), they went in a box. I loved it, and I'll pick it
up again, but have to get the second one a little older first.
Heather in FL
09-10-2007, 05:58 PM #6
THANK YOU for the information. I can tell it's addicting but so much fun! My 14 year old daughter is enjoying it too.
11-02-2008, 03:35 AM #7
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I want to get into it but for a person on a budget it would be kind of hard.
11-03-2008, 06:44 AM #8
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Not a site for bulk beads, but I like to make barrettes, and often us other items to create them, like earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, etc. that I find at yard sales. Again, not large quantities, but if you go to yard sales, you might be able to find and reuse costume jewelry. Just a thought.