Where can I find a soft, durable beading surface used especially for seed bead bead woven work?
I'm looking for something larger 12 X 16, not the small 3 piece set of mats sold in craft stores.
I know several jewelry making suppliers, but they are all online wholesaler, 8 seasons, pandahall and artbeads.
Hope can help you. :)
Go to your local Goodwill or St. Vinnies or even a real store.............buy a big size Vellux blanket and go at it with scissors. I have a lt. green Vellux here that has started to split on the edges, I'll wash it up and make a cover for the whole front of my work table (where I bead)............like the biggest bead mat in the world, 3' deep x 5' long..............wowser. And there will be enough left over to make doggie blankies out of the rest of it. My first bead mat was given to me by a lady who was gifted a king sized Vellux, and she didn't have a king bed, so she just trimmed to fit what she had and handed out the extra pieces when she gave classes..........I still have them, they are baby blue. LOL. Donna
Thanks, I'll look into your suggestions.
Thanks, sounds like a good solution to the problem.
You can also cover an old cutting mat- I had one that I had really used up til the outer lining was lifting off- I covered the entire thing and although it fits on my desk (I have an L-shaped large desk) It does still give me desk area on that side so I don't have to worry that my other crafting stuff will mess up my "cover"- (I added a layer of foam first before covering so I could use pins to pin things securely when needed too- I like the foam because it doesn't make it "too" soft/cushiony but still has some "give" to it.
'sounds like a good idea, thanks.
I like "Cafeteria Trays" for beading. I used a bead Mat I got at Jay's of Tucson(very cheap) I masking taped it to one side. I use the rest of the tray for my bead containers.
Thanks, for the tip "Foam underneath." now why didn't I think of that! Great Tip!
A Friend of mine uses a Throw rug with a berber nap. and rolls up when she is done.(she lives in an RV, not much room)She beads at her table.
ps. try local Thrift stores
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.....hmm, interesting.....I need to find somewhere I can get a cafeteria tray! I like that idea.
White Dog Jewelry,
I found some very inexpensive cafeteria style trays on ebay last year...it's always worth it to look!
But I also use a small cookie sheet lined with a beadmat...it's about 14" x 9" I think...
And last but not least, I use gem display trays. The wooden ones that are covered with paper that's tectured to look like leather or something...I get them very inexpensively at Gems on Display .com
The display trays are awesome...they are 8" x 14"...I do have the (cheap) velvet boards/inserts that go in them but I don't like working on the velvet surface all that much so I just cut a bead mat to size and put it on top of the velvet board/insert and it works wonderfully! Plus you can stack these trays up with projects, beads, tools etc!
my old LBS sold beadmats that are a really good size...maybe 24" x 18"...big enough to cut in half and still be a good size. and they were $1 each so I bought a lot of them before I moved. Most LBS stock some sort of bead mats for good prices but you can also get them at various online bead stores.
FMG, Charlene's Beads, Beadaholique, Fusion Beads etc...
thanks for those great tips, I appreciate it very much.
Happy Beading in 2013!
You might also want to check out Bead On It Boards (website is same but with no spaces). They have shown these in the most recent Beadwork magazine. I have five of them! While they are not cheap, they are great for beading -- the beads stay put and the mat doesn't creep all over the table on me like the vellux fabric ones! Seed beads will also lay hole-side up if you lightly tap the beads. And I am a user and not connected to the company in any way.
Actually, I just saw their ad in Beadwork, but thanks for your reply, I appreciate it.