If you are the creative types who love working with art and craft and are interested in making some money while doing something you love, then you should consider taking up bead designing as a career. Not only can beads be used to design jewelry for classy formal parties and beach wear but can also be used for designs on apparel and shoes. This increases the scope and possibility of developing further.
To start with you could by your first set of beads from a craft store round the corner. The good thing however, is that beads are relatively inexpensive as a raw material while starting out. Even though the choice might seem endless to start with, you may soon start to feel the need for more swankier and up to date material. This is obvious since the craft store does not specialize in beads and has many other items to store in his inventory.
You next stop in the search of better raw material could be the online bead stores. These websites provide a plethora of options for the beads specialist and it will definitely be some time till you need to look for other options.
If you are looking at making bead designs for a considerable amount of time and not planning to give it up as a fad, then you should build and maintain a relationship with the online store since you will need to do a lot of shopping from here. At the initial stages of your search on the Internet, be wary of fly by night and spurious vendors from whom you shall have no parcel of beads coming. They may just disappear after clearing your payment for the order that you place. To be cautious you should read the various comments that other users of the site have posted. This enables you to gauge the genuineness of the third party.
Once you have figured the trick of sourcing the beads and your raw material parcel has arrived, you can now let you imagination flow and create designs for various items that can be adorned with beads. Skirt tops, long skirts, jewelry, head gear, handkerchiefs, spectacle chain and the list goes on. Unleash your creativity and discover that you can produce delicate designs to go well with a business dinner or bold designs using large, colorful beads for a beach party. Once you get comfortable with the bead options that are available, you may want to mix and match your designs with other related material like shells, buttons and the like.
The designs done, you can use the wonderful medium called the Internet to sell the designs you have created to other apparel manufacturers and even to end consumers.