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beading fun

Yay!: I finally finished that massive peyote stitched bracelet that I've been working on for an eternity! Now I can get started on something new.

Boo!: I need more peyote graph paper. If you aren't familiar with peyote stitch, you'll have to trust me that it is not graphable on standard graph paper.

Yay!: Fire Mountain Gems has free graph paper on the website.

Boo!: The only printer in the house is attached to the really crappy desktop that takes forever to do anything. Man, if it was my computer I could do something about that...

Yay!: The printer takes information off thumb drives!

Boo!: The printer doesn't recognize PDFs unless the computer hands them over.

Yay!: Gimp happily turns PDFs into jpegs!

Even more yay!: I can fiddle with jpegs in Gimp and come up with peyote designs without using pencil and printed graph paper. This means I can use my computer to come up with these designs without spending $50+ on dedicated beading software. I'm not kidding about the price - there's a reason why I've been buying much less expensive graph paper.

This has been yet another adventure in the life of a really boring beader who should have figured all of this out before buying that last pad of graph paper. You may now return to your less-dorky lives. I'll have to take pictures of the new bracelet later once I have sunlight to work with.


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Jan. 29th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
I look forward to the pics!

We may an extra printer if you need one. I can check with Stef about his intentions for that one.
Jan. 31st, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
We hardly ever print anything so it isn't that big a deal.
Jan. 30th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
i never realized that they made peyote graph paper... that makes that much less intimidating. Thanks!
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, gods, I can't even imagine doing anything but the smallest and simplest peyote project without the graph paper. Just in case you haven't found it yet, Fire Mountain Gems has them here.

By the way, FMG is also a great source for beads and other jewelry-making stuff.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
i use fmg periodically - I have been playing more with fabric than beads.
I should probably narrow down the hobby list. I keep trying to come up with really good reasons not to try lampworking my own beads...
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
My main issue with lampworking is that it takes up too much room. You need a room that is well ventilated and isn't used for sleeping, eating, or hanging out with no shoes on. Or you can find space to rent if you have the money and can find a landlord that isn't afraid of fire.

That having been said, it's cheaper to get a starter kit put together than to buy a good sewing machine (especially if you go for "soft" soda-lime glass instead of borosylicate), and most glass isn't that expensive. And it's one hell of a lot of fun.
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
you are not supposed to add to the temptation!
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