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Beads and Beading Supplies
Robin Atkins, Bead Artist
For many years, I offered a variety of shaped beads, beading needles and
thread, ziplock storage bags, acid-free interleaving paper, and nylon
cord for sale on a mail-order basis. Meanwhile, the internet has grown,
offering more and more beading supplies from large vendors equipped to
handle on-line shopping carts. Being already beyond normal retirement
age, and because suppies are readily available on-line, I am currently
only selling my books by mail order.
Here are some tips and links
for buying the beads and beading supplies
which were sold on this page in the past.
|Interleaving paper, acid-free
I use this
easily-needled paper as a stabilizer for bead embroidery.
Available at art or archival supply sources. I buy it from Daniel Smith Art Materials, at (800) 426-7923.
|John James beading needles
I use these needkes
(sizes 11, 12, and 10) for bead embroidery and some beadweaving
projects. Most bead vendors stock them either in 25-packs or 4-packs.
|Bead storage bags, 4 mil, 2 x 3 inches
I store all my beads in these sturdy bags! Many vendors carry them. Search for "4 mil ziplock bags".
|Bonded nylon cord, #18 weight
Used for finger weaving and micro-macrame. Also called "S-Lon"; many colors available. Search for "micro macrame cord".
|Glass rings, 9mm
Saddly these beautiful rings
are not currently being produced by the glass factories in the Czech
Republic. Sometimes you can find vendors that still have inventory. Try
searching for them on Etsy and eBay.
|Glass flower and leaf beads
Many vendors carry
shaped, pressed-glass beads. Although most are new, vintage flower and leaf beads are also available. I like to buy them at bead shops where I
can see the size, color, and hole direction.
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