Additional Craft Information:
If you are into making your own jewelry or enjoy working with a loom, you might want to know where to buy seed beads. These handy little pieces of glass or metal are the paint of an artist's loom or off loom beadwork and can be intricate or simple, large or small but typically any way in which it is created, the result is usually very beautiful.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
These beads can be purchased at most art supply stores or any other store that has an art supply department. But for convenience sake, the best place to find a large variety would be on the internet. There are several sites that offer a huge choice in quality, size, color and price, however, you should read reveiws before purchasing, especially auction sites; make sure you are not paying more than you would have paid for the beads on the individual seller's site.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
As an example, consider just one retail item, Westrim Crafts 15052-XE Bead Box, this sells online for $7.00. However in comparing 22 sites that sold the same product, the highest price paid was on Ebay at $27.87, with the next highest, Arts & Crafts USA at $19.98, then FuntoyMall comes in at $18.30 with $9 for shipping, making it equal to the Ebay sale. The lowest price was Sears Marketplace at $7.13 and No shipping cost.
Buying wholesale is an option on the internet as well. You can find a large selection of any variety of beads at online stores like Fire Mountain Gems that sells the Japanese Delica beads as low as $.17 per gram, or at Black Bear Haversack Trading Post that will sell a Czech hank of 4000 beads as low as $4.
It is highly suggested that the Delica bead (because of its uniformity of color) be used for large projects that require one color. This advice is based on the premise that with other products, sometimes a manufacturers dye will change, and unless you purchased all of the beads necessary to finish the design initially, you might have to complete the project with a somewhat different hue.
Most online sites where you can buy seed beads will also have sections that provide good advise on design and technique, as well as sell the equipment you need to use in creating any design; like a solder gun, paints, glazes, needles, wire, thread, adhesives, alcohol inks and last but not least, a loom.