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  • Getting desperate now!!

    Hi all

    Right I am soon going to lose my marbles completely. I have been looking for beads of all shapes and sizes with pictures of flags on them for about 2 years now with no luck. At the weekwend I went to an event where a woman was selling handmade jewellery using the beads I want.
    The reason I am so annoyed is that I thought "yes,finally I will no where to get them from" but do you think the cow would tell me.
    Does anyone have any ideas of anywhere I may find these?????
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    Do you mean like these?

    http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&...+with+flags+on

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    • #3
      if they are the ones at thefind.com then yes but they only seem to do america related beads
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      • #4
        maybe it took her as long to track them down,you can't blame a crafter for keeping her suppliers a secret,good suppliers and supplies that are a bit unusual are hard to come by

        have you thought about asking a bead maker for a quote for making some??
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        • #5
          I understand the point your making beckyboo but as the woman pointed out she only "does this sort of thing" for fun and that the only reason she had a stall at that event was because her husband was the organiser. So it's not like I would be some big threat to her business. If I wanted to buy flags of GB,England,Ireland,Wales,Scotland,America and other countries like that would be easy enough but belive me,when it comes to trying to make cards,jewellery or other gifts that incorporate flags from the Caribbean,Africa(not South) and other 'ethnic' countries it is EXTREMELY difficult.
          I've only just started getting back into crafting after having a baby and am eager to find these beads to help out with decorating costumes for my float at the Notting Hill Carnival.
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          • #6
            Could you have a go at making your own out of polymer clay? I haven't tried this yet, but have read some tutorials and it looks relatively easy to pick up, I think I'm going to have a go at making some beads sometime soon.

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            • #7
              Although this site does not have African beads I am sure you could contact then and ask if it would be possible. http://namebeads.com/designdiscs.html

              While I appreciate your frustration, a crafter does not have to validate why they prefer to keep their niche supplier secret, and I am sure you would feel the same if you had something that people could definitely say 'that is made by Emmalou'. I know I would be reluctant regardless of a real or perceived threat to business it's intellectual property and individuality that's at stake and you don't know if they are testing the market with a view to going into business. Just a thought.........

              Have you tried African trading stores? Or perhaps hairdressers that do weaving and braiding? After all beads are very popular in African culture, although they often use seed beads to weave intricate designs rather than patterned beads.
              Are seed bead flags an option?
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              • #8
                how about making your own with either scrabble tiles or glass squares?
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                • #9
                  I've only just started getting back into crafting after having a baby and am eager to find these beads to help out with decorating costumes for my float at the Notting Hill Carnival.
                  Ooooh....how exciting! They have some fabulous costumes in that carnival.
                  Gail x

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