Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bead addiction satisfied... for now...

Another bead addiction has been temporarily satisfied today at the bead show. I was able to almost stay within my bead budget, and found some great beads that I can't wait to get started on. I really try to find the best deals on trending as well as traditional colors, new and classic stones, crystals, and materials. Not only is my goal to create a piece that will satisfy my creative bug, but also to pass the best deals possible onto my customers, with stylish yet classy new designs and styles. I like to keep my creations beautiful, wearable and fun, and love to throw in surprises and excitement by keeping my customers guessing on what I will make and use next. I'll add subtle nuances, varying colors, textures, and shapes, and use different techniques, styles and current trends to keep things fresh and exciting.

And I try to keep that in mind when I go bead shopping, especially at a larger bead show where you can sometimes have a ballroom full or 2-3 rooms filled with wall to wall beads. But let me tell you folks, it ain't easy.. I really have to discipline myself, because I have been known in the past to attempt to buy everything I see that I like - and I like a lot... 

As you will see below, I think I did very well and found some really cool and beautiful beads, as well as a few unique looking ones. I snagged lots of larger crystals with different reflective hues - greenish tints, blue/purples, and oranges - in a variety of shapes - globes, large and smaller drops, flat teardrops, rectangles and hexagons. I also chose a few faceted round quartz in different blue mixed shades, various dark purple and pink glass pearls and crystals, beautiful cherry quartz faceted briolettes and small drops, light pink quartz discs, and large square labradorite. I also scouted out this great light aquamarine jasper mix in graduating size rondelles.  Hope you enjoy my finds. Now it's time to put my creative hat on, and make some great jewelry pieces.


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