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1st Attempts

About this design:

These are my 1st two attempts at beading. I visited a bead shop, had no idea what I was doing or what to buy. These pieces are very simple but I hope to improve as I go along. Wish I found this site before I went to the bead shop and I would have been better prepared. Definitely using fresh picks to help put together my next necklace. But hey... you have to start somewhere.


Sterling Silver Turquoise Garnet Some light green stone :-) Coral

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  1. Chicky Chicky Blueroze
    Chicky Chicky Blueroze says:

    Hi Breezy,
    For first attempts you did very well. Attractive layout of the beads and design and good colors. It only gets easier from here as you gain more confidence and try bolder things. Good luck with your beading.

  2. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I agreee with Chicky Blueroze. It is a nice set of designs for a first effort. :D

    As time goes on, you will probably want to experiment with different findings like bead caps, or the addition of some crystals. There are lots of nice ideas here in the gallery to give you inspiration. Enjoy your beading. ;)

  3. Breezy Chick aka Bree
    Breezy Chick aka Bree says:

    Thanks ladies for your encouragement. I’m really looking forward to working with new stones, metals and techniques and can only hope that one day I am as good as you Chicks.

  4. CC
    CC says:

    Breezy, Your 1st attempts are very nice.

    Here’s a tip that helped me when I first started buying gemstones, and it works for beads as well. When you’re buying beads, just make a little tag that says what they are, the millimeter size and how much they cost. That way when you get stashes like most of us have, you’ll still know what the stones are! :D

    And Yep, you gotta start somewhere, keep it up!

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    K H says:

    Great pieces – I would never guess that you are a beginner, so I am really looking forward to watching you grow. Just remember, some days are going to be better than others – sometimes you will know exactly what you want to do and it will work out on the first attempt – other days you will have to play around to get what you want and other days the beads will just defy you. And nothing against Lima, but if you have a local bead shop go make friends with the owner and workers – they have a wealth of experience that they are more then willing to share. :P

  6. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Ditto! They both look great! Here’s my 2 cents, for what it’s worth: take as many classes at your local bead shop as possible. It’s a great way to learn new techniques, mingle with (and learn from) other experienced beaders, and just have a relaxing time in general.

  7. Breezy Chick aka Bree
    Breezy Chick aka Bree says:

    Thanks for your advice everybody… am going to look into attending a few beading classes. If there is anybody out there that knows of a good bead shop in the Brisbane area, Australia, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks again all :-)

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Hi, Bree! Can’t say I know of any good bead shops in the Brisbane area, but we have a wonderful one here in Kokomo, Indiana, in the U.S.!!! Feel free to stop in if you’re ever in the area…. ;)

    I really like your designs — especially the turquoise/garnet piece — but then I’m partial to those stones! LOL My birthday is in January, so I LOVE garnets. :D

    I would second the advice of all the other ladies about taking classes, labeling your purchases (including where you bought it — in case you want to buy more), experimenting with metals & crystals in your designs, and not rushing yourself. Sometimes I’ll have something lay on my beadboard for months before it finally seems just right to me. This is why I own multiple beadboards. LOL Other times a design will come together very quickly. ‘Tis a mystery to me….. ;) You have to let the beads speak to you. Another good source of ideas are magazines and books. Magazines are less expensive if you’re not sure you want to make a big dollar investment yet. :D

    Your Fresh Picks are wonderful — keep playing with color in your designs, too, and you’ll be amazing yourself before you know it! :D

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    K H says:

    I would do a Google search “brisbane bead shops” and that ought to get you some ideas. I would also look for a bead society – many communities have them. A small membership fee will get you in touch with other beaders. You will get a lot of information, fellowship, encouragement and shoulders to cry on when things aren’t going so well.

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good ideas, KH! :D

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    Vee aka Dream Chickie says:

    Breezey, great job for your first time beading!! :D I really like the turguoise and garnet piece!

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    K H says:

    Lynn, I was just thinking about you – it’s been awhile since we have chatted! :)

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    How are you doing? Have you been busy with designing?

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    K H says:

    I just finished wrapping a red shell with copper wire and stinging it with shades of red, raspberry and copper glass. I tried the new “crinkly” beading wire – it gave me some interesting texture that went well with the pendant, but I don’t know if it will replace 19 strand as my fav. What have you been up to?

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    KH, your design sounds beautiful! You’ll have to post a photo for us to see! I bought some of the crinkly wire, but haven’t tried it yet. I’ve been making a lot of items that people have ordered from me — bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Got some Christmas orders already to start working on, too.

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    K H says:

    I will try to get a pix in the morning before I go to work. I love the morning light on my back porch!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Bree, I would never have guessed that these were your first 2 designs! You’ve done a wonderful job with them. I ditto all the above comments on how to improve your style and identify your stones. There are also tutorials on line, if you are trying something for the first time. Best of luck in your designing, and we all look forward to seeing more from you! :D

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good idea, Sue, about the online tutorials! Many of them are free, too! :D

  19. Breezy Chick aka Bree
    Breezy Chick aka Bree says:

    Thanks everybody, I will take your advice on board. First thing I am going to put into practice is to start labeling my beads/stones as suggested. My memory fails me often so this little tip will come in handy :-) Am going to look into taking some classes and the online tutorials sound good to me also. You ladies are so helpful and welcoming. THanks again.

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    K H says:

    Just be aware, different suppliers call stones by different names – so you may go one place and see a stone called one thing and then go someplace else and see what looks like the identical stone, but it has a differnt name. Go with the stones you like and remember, the names are just something other people made up. :)

  21. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    There is also a great book called the beaders bible. It has info & descriptions of any bead you can think of, and some photos as well. I store all beads in clear plastic containers, and label them in black magic marker right away so I dont forget. :D

  22. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    And beautiful necklace!!

  23. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    This is really nice, Breezey!!

  24. IVONNE R
    IVONNE R says:

    Keep going. You are doing an nice job. Love them.

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    Brenda H says:

    Great first time design. Enjoy your beading, but beware of the addiction that comes with it! My children & grandchildren say they’re going to send me to “BEADERS ANONYMOUS”!

  26. Glassy chick Sonal
    Glassy chick Sonal says:

    Great work Breezey. We two are one of a kind as I have recently started to bead and Lima beads site is proving really helpful. There are wonderful ladies to encourage you and beautiful designs to keep you going.
    I would also like to thank all the ladies for their advice as I bought a lot of stuff and now I dont know which one is what though I remember from where I purchased it. I will have to start labelling everything as I intend to sell my jewelery to help my hubby with the expenses….

  27. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    First Attempts, huh? You’re gonna go far!

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Beautiful! I vow to start labeling my beads better, too.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Can’t believe I missed this – over a month ago.
    Bree – These are great first attempts. And how wonderful that you feel comfortable posting them. (and why not – this is such a supportive community!)
    Everyone has such wonderful suggestions for you. Although I haven’t taken classes, I do ask for advice at the local shops, study books and magazines and search for tips and techniques online. Plus I have learned so much from everyone here!
    I look forward to seeing you grow as a beader. :)

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