Resource Links from the Answer Man!

Thanks to Ken Rogers for letting us reproduce his list of Links.

At the recent Bead Society Bead Bazaar, Ken Rogers of the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club hosted a demo table and answered questions from attendees. The booth was very popular. Ken has shared his Resource Links with us.

Resource Links

Glues Chart (FMG)*
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/encyclobeadia/charts/GLUES?doccat=Knowledge%20Base&wt.rs=1&s.evps=GLUES

The right adhesive for the job (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/fc2d?term=kwtsart

Jewelry making wire (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/d71t?term=kwtsart

Know your Beading Wire (cable) (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/db0h?term=kwtsart

Crimp Tubes  (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/b466?term=kwtsart

The importance of Daylight Lamps  (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/bb7x?term=kwtsart

The meaning of metals  (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/8a18?term=kwtsart

Thread, cord, and wire information.   (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles/720e?term=kwtsart

Beading Wire Comparison Chart (SoftFlex)
http://www.softflexcompany.com/WSWrapper.jsp?mypage=Tips_Finish_WireChart.html

All about crimps    (SoftFlex)
https://www.softflexcompany.com/WSWrapper.jsp?mypage=Tips_Finish_CrimpTubes.html

The Wire is Too Small: A Bead Hole Dilemma and How to Deal with It!  (SoftFlex)
http://www.softflexcompany.com/WSWrapper.jsp?mypage=Article-ABeadHoleDilemma.html 

HSN – Gemstone Enhancement Chart
https://www.hsn.com/content/GemstoneEnhancementChart/319

Free Jewelry-making instructions (FMG)
http://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/tutorials?navsrc=top_5_Tutorials

Tips & tricks (Softflex)
https://www.softflexcompany.com/WSWrapper.jsp?mypage=TipsandTricks.html

Buying a Strand of Gemstone Beads – What to look for & look out for.  (DakotaStones.com)
http://www.dakotastones.com/Buying-a-Strand-of-Gemstones_ep_50.html

Bead Shapes (DakotaStones.com)
http://www.dakotastones.com/ShopbyShape

Wrapped Loop Handy Tip Video – (ArtBeads.com)
http://www.artbeads.com/wrapped-loop-ht-video.html

Crimp Tube Handy Video – (ArtBeads.com)
http://www.artbeads.com/crimp-tube-ht-video.html

Organizations to Join!

The Bead Society
www.beadsocietyla.org

Culver City Rock & Mineral Club (CCRMC)
www.culvercityrocks.org

LA-Rocks Forum  (Join at this site)
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LA-Rocks/info

*FMG = Fire Mountain Gems

by Ken Rogers (the Answer Man)
Kenrogers4u@juno.com
www.kenrogers4u.com

Upcoming Events For Beaders!

As an artist I usually check out a venue before I become a vendor unless someone recommends it. But as you know there are no guarantees that the next one will be a hit! But it gives you an opportunity to talk to other artists, even make a few friends. So here are some upcoming events you may check out or have enough time to apply.

7/22-7/26 LA Gift Show-LA Convention. This is for retailers but if you have two forms of business ID (Letterhead, business card, business checks, retail license or business license) you can attend. Since I incorporate one-of-a-kind items in my jewelry, I will certainly find them there.

7/28-7/30 Bead and Design Show– Hilton Pasadena

7/30-7/31 Malibu Art Festival, Malibu Civic Center

8/6-8/7 San Diego Bead Bazaar, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego

8/10-8/26 California Open Exposition– Bergamont Station, Santa Monica

8/14 Hillcrest City Festival, San Diego, Uptown District of Hillcrest

8/14 Carlsbad Arts In The Village-State & Grand Streets, Carlsbad

8/19-8/21 Gem Faire, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego

8/26-8/28 Gem Faire, Costa Mesa

8/26-8/28 Fiesta La Ballona, Veterans Park Culver City

9/25 Abbott Kinney Festival, Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice

9/30-10/2 Harvest Festival, Ventura County Fairgrounds

10/7-10/9 Pasadena Festival of the Arts

10/8-10/9 Fall Art Show, Moorpark, Studio City

10/30 The Bead Society Bazaar, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Culver City

11/11-11/13 Contemporary Craft Market, Pasadena Convention Center

11/12-11/13 American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry, Autry at Griffith Park

11/12-11/13 Jackalope Arts & Craft Fair, Pasadena Central Park (2nd round of juried application deadline Aug 26)

See our ongoing Bead Events page for lists of bazaars, fairs, art shows, etc.!

By Sylvia Humphrey