Please Don’t Buy Plastic Beads!

Please don't buy plastic beads zero waste plastic free beads

Earlier this year, I watched the film A Plastic Ocean and immediately became sick to my stomach. I couldn’t bear to watch the birds and fish eat so much plastic and ultimately dying as a result. These images are disturbing reminders of the damage that humans do the environment every single day.

So, all year, I have been trying to change the types of products I purchase. I no longer buy plastic water bottles if I can avoid them. I try to buy things like sunscreen, toothpaste, dental floss, and vitamins in a glass jar. I buy shampoo bars instead of plastic bottles. I also got a stainless steel drinking straw to use when I’m out and about. And, of course I carry a reusable shopping bag with me at all times. Overall, I have been trying to consume less plastic whenever possible.

However, it is not easy and I am not perfect. I do bring reusable cotton produce bags to the veggie market, but occasionally I find myself using a plastic produce bag or two. And, of course almost every type of food and beverage is packaged in plastic. I do reuse a lot of the plastic bags and containers and I do compost and recycle, but I feel it’s not enough.

All this got me thinking about the different types of industries that could and should use more sustainable products. The beading industry is definitely one of them. How many plastic ziploc bags do bead retailers and beadwork artists use? And how many plastic tube containers are filled with beads each day all around the world? What happens when we are finished with these containers? Bags end up in the trash, and the small tube containers most likely end up in the ocean, just like straws. So, what can business owners and consumers do? Personally, I have been searching for a bio-plastic manufacturer who would be interested in creating clear bio-plastic tubes which will eventually biodegrade in the landfill, but I haven’t found one yet. In the meantime, we must vote with our dollars. I will order biodegradable plastic baggies the next time I need them. I will purchase compostable shipping supplies whenever possible. I will boycott plastic beads and any products that contain them. I will ask my favorite bead shops and retailers to use more eco-friendly packaging supplies as well as implement better recycling programs & incentives. And, I will support businesses who make environmental sustainability a priority.

If you have any ideas on how to use less plastic, you may leave a comment below or use the Contact Form.

Please be kind to the planet – we are all in this together! 🙂

The Making of a Beaded Rooster..

During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!

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I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red &  yellow.

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Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!

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Alternating between Magatamas and size 15’s, I worked my way up the bird’s wing. Then, I switched to the smaller clear Magatamas. These are more round then the other beads, but their hole is off-center, so it creates an interesting effect.. What do you think? 😀

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After I completed the wings, I continued beading the rest of the rooster’s body.. BUT, I am not finished yet! Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates on this project..

Also, just a quick note to let you know that my beadwork has been featured on the  Street Art United States blog. I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek! 

Thank you for your interest. Back to beading! 😀

Beaded Cat Pin & Small Business Grant Contest

This week, I finished working on a special custom order. One of the pins I made was a beaded orange & white cat named Butterscotch. He was made by stitching Japanese size 15 seed beads  and 13/o charlottes to felt. I layered the beads to create a furry texture. He measures approx. 5.5cm x 5.5cm. Do you like him? Please check my Facebook page to view more beaded cats & dogs:)

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Also this week, I took the time to enter the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, just for fun! Please stop by to vote for my Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below. You can vote once per day now through Feb. 23.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest 2014 The Lone Beader Boston Artist Etsy

If this link does not work, you can also try to vote on THIS PAGE by clicking on ‘Vote for a Business‘ and searching for The Lone Beader. Please feel free to share the link with others, too! Every vote helps small businesses stand out from the crowd, helping them win one of ten small business grants! Thank you for your consideration! 😀

Bead Junkie

The Lone Beader's E-Junkie Interview

Featured Seller of the Week on E-Junkie.info!

This week, I am proud to be featured Seller of the Week on E-Junkie.info! I had never stumbled upon this website before they contacted me. E-Junkie.info is a blog that features small business owners with special focus on self-publishing and e-commerce. I have found this to be a fascinating site & I am honoured that they chose to feature my beadwork! I hope you will stop by to read my interview. Also, check past entries to view some amazing artwork!

Beaded Purple Miniature Poodle Pin/ Pendant on Etsy

Beaded Purple Poodle Pin/Pendant. Bead embroidery on felt.

Also, check out my latest beaded dog – a purple miniature poodle! This piece is a pin that can also be worn as a pendant measuring 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm). I created this diva dog by stitching tiny Japanese 15/o seed beads to felt. I really love how this one turned out. I plan to offer it in all colours of the rainbow! Please click the pic to view the listing in my Etsy shop. What kind of dog will I make next… 😉