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Trudy
20-09-2009, 05:17 PM
Is anyone going to the Big Bead Show (17th October) or Bead Society Fair (4th October) this year?

I've never been to the Big Bead Show and wondered if it is worth going to both. Are the prices good?

Emerald
20-09-2009, 09:25 PM
Hi Trudy, both are to far away for me but the big bead show is supposed to be very good, there are a couple nearer to home in October Beads and Beyond magazine have a show at leamington called Artisan and there is another show at the motorcycle museum x

Trudy
20-09-2009, 09:43 PM
Hi Jo, mmmm yeah I was thinking of maybe going to the Leamington one, I used to live in Kenilworth and went to Solihull College so know that area quite well :)

Petal
20-09-2009, 11:18 PM
Yes, I too have heard that the big bead fairs are worth travelling some distance for.... but I haven't been to a big bead event yet! I do plan to go to one this year, but am not sure which.

Prices at beading/jewellery events are usually much better than on the suppliers website, so that's probably another reason why a lot of people attend these evens.

Jules x

Kalorlo
21-09-2009, 09:38 AM
Ooh, I've noted those in my diary :)

I don't know if I'll go to both, but I definitely want to go to one. Depends how much money I'll have to spend on shinies by then! (Especially as I just finally ordered my new camera...)

Ominicci
21-09-2009, 08:23 PM
I went to my local bead shop today and Sam told me that the biggest and the best is definitely the one at Sandown on 17th Oct. She is one of the stands that sells the semi precious bead strings etc.

AA route map says I can get there in 2hrs 16mins, but there is also a helipad for those wishing to arrive by helicopter. Oh shucks, I think OH has bagged the helicopter that weekend...

The Old Bat
22-09-2009, 01:08 PM
There's one in Harrogate on weekend of 24th and 25th October. Its usually a great fair - last year was the first time that is was run both Saturday and Sunday. We went on the Saturday, which was not too busy. Previous years it has been horrendously busy!

Will be going back down for that one as its my home town - good to combine some time with Mum without the OH and shopping for goodies.

Bev

bustagasket
22-09-2009, 01:14 PM
AA route map says I can get there in 2hrs 16mins, but there is also a helipad for those wishing to arrive by helicopter. Oh shucks, I think OH has bagged the helicopter that weekend...

LMAO tell him our need is greater than his Nic, then you can collect us all and we can all go lol

agent_44
22-09-2009, 01:18 PM
I'd be up for going to at least one of them. I suspect though after my move, the rest of the year will be far to hectic fro me to consider it. Next year though, I am planning on making it to quite a few events like this :Y:

bustagasket
22-09-2009, 01:23 PM
I'd be up for going to at least one of them. I suspect though after my move, the rest of the year will be far to hectic fro me to consider it. Next year though, I am planning on making it to quite a few events like this :Y:

I am hoping to do lots of events too if i can pluck up the courage, and also lots of one day courses and stuff

agent_44
22-09-2009, 01:31 PM
I am hoping to do lots of events too if i can pluck up the courage, and also lots of one day courses and stuff

Hey, you got to IJL and sounds like you had a fab time. We'll have to arange some meet-ups and give people more reason to come along.

On a similar note Su, have you ever been to the fair they have at Brighton race course seeing as it's not all that far from you?

Trudy
22-09-2009, 01:49 PM
I went to my local bead shop today and Sam told me that the biggest and the best is definitely the one at Sandown on 17th Oct.

Im definitely going to give this one a try at least then!! :) :)
If anyone else decides to go and fancies meeting up for a browse/coffee/lunch let me know :Y: :Y:

bustagasket
22-09-2009, 03:11 PM
Hey, you got to IJL and sounds like you had a fab time. We'll have to arange some meet-ups and give people more reason to come along.

I would love to meet up with more peeps, and shows are a great place to do it :)


On a similar note Su, have you ever been to the fair they have at Brighton race course seeing as it's not all that far from you?

I have never been to it, i believe its in November and i had been planning to go to it, not sure now tho, but i am gonna try

Kalorlo
04-10-2009, 08:29 PM
I was at the Bead & Beadwork fair in Harrow today. So many shiny things! They really should have given better instructions for getting there, though - the map they gave on the website was woefully inadequate and I spent about 45mins wandering around Harrow asking people for directions before I found the leisure centre... (First mistake - Harrow & Wealdstone station has two exits. I assumed the correct one for Harrow Leisure Centre would be the Harrow exit... Not so much). All the signs were for cars, too, so it took me twice as long to get in once I was actually going in the right direction - the street you want to turn down is marked as being for buses only, so all the signs ignore it.

Anyway, it was very nice once I got there! The hall could have done with better lighting, but the stalls did their best. I bought lampwork beads from Dobeadoo (http://www.dobeadoo.com/), Sarah Downton (http://www.sarahdownton.co.uk/) and Chrystal Rose Design Crafts (http://www.chrystalrosedesigncrafts.com/). Dobeadoo also had the most amazing polymer clay beads - you can see some on their website (not amazing quality pics, but you can see how complicated they are), and I went on a bit of a splurge on the Chrystal Rose stall and have various ribbons and cords and some rubber tubing too. It looks like all three are going to be at the Big Bead Fair too.

I think for the Big Bead Fair I should take more cash and not use card or cheques... I rather blew my budget :-"

I did get to see a lampwork demonstration by a guy from Tuffnell Glass. I wanna have a go! Being able to actually see one in person also made the torch less scary. He was selling beginner kits, but never at any point mentioned that you need to anneal your beads [-X
I know a kiln adds a lot to the cost of entry and he was trying to show how easy it was to get started, but really! He gave the impression you just let them air cool (or bury them in vermiculite to slow the cooling). Tut tut. No mention of ventilation, either.

kymbi
05-10-2009, 07:38 AM
Sounds like you had a good day out Heather :)

I didn't think a kiln was a necessity when you start to make lampwork beads and the beads can be cooled using a vermiculite blanket. I have a feeling there are some lampwork artists working abroad that use this method to cool their beads. I think that some glass artists also offer a kiln-annealing service for batches of beads.

Perhaps George will be along later today and can give us the low down on this.

mizgeorge
05-10-2009, 08:37 AM
There's always some debate about annealing, but the generally accepted view is that you really do need to do so if you want them to be strong enough to wear. The mass-produced Indian lampwork beads that are sold for pennies are not annealed, and regularly fall to bits, both before and after use!

You don't need a kiln straight away though. You can easily cool smaller beads in a fibre blanket or pot of vermiculite, and then have them batch annealed - lots of us with kilns are happy to do this for postage and chocolate ;)

Martin Tuffnell's good at making it look easy - he does a great demo and sells a lot of starter kits!

I'd recommend getting a couple of books before you start (the Cindy Jenkins and Kimberley Adams are both excellent) and Sally Carver's fab starter DVD to take you through all the safety issues.

And be warned - it's very, very addictive :)

Kalorlo
05-10-2009, 09:49 AM
Thanks, George. I'd definitely want to go along for a lesson somewhere before getting any equipment myself (and we still don't really have anywhere in the flat suitable for it right now) and I have the dvd bookmarked. I want a kiln at some point because I want to have a go at the various metal clays as well, but again, lesson first!