5 New Treasures in My Bead Stash

I went at little bead crazy at Bead Expo Portland. Maybe it was the crazy weather (sun-rain-hail-snow!). Maybe it was the fact that the last bead show I attended was back in September and I was feeling a bit bead deprived. Maybe it was the huge bead allowance I was given by my boss to spend. (Just kidding! I spent my own money on beads–who needs new shoes anyway?)

In any case, I thought it would be fun to show you snapshots of a few new treasures in my collection. Maybe you'll be inspired. Maybe you'll just think I'm crazy! It's worth noting that while I followed Jean Campbell's great advice to make a list ("12 Bead Show Tips") before the show, none of these things were on my list!

I love all types of chain. I was especially entranced by the drape of this chain from Bello Modo, as well as the gunmetal color. Short snips would make easy earrings and a longer piece would make a dramatic necklace.

Glass Eyeballs
I bought these eyeballs for a friend of mine (really!) who is working on a sculptural project that required a dozen eyeballs. He's been looking forever and been uninspired by the typical doll eye selection. The lampwork artist is Ralph McCaskey of Nightside Studios, who you might remember I interviewed last year for Beading Daily.

Porcelain Vessel
Off Center Productions had a range of old-looking beads, including this ivory-colored vessel that looks like an archeologist's discovery. There are holes on the side to string it onto a necklace and of course, you could fill the inside with beaded flowers or another beaded creation.

Vintage Lucite Flowers
I don't have much vintage Lucite in my bead stash, but I loved these pastel flowers at Trinkets by T Vintage Crystal Beads. I thought a bunch of them–maybe with some pearls?–would make a very sweet necklace.

Funny Wooden Bead
How can you resist a bead that makes you laugh? I spent a long time at Table, Chairs and Beads (no website available), looking over the various sayings she had on the beads.

Coming This Week: On Wednesday, Jean Campbell shares tips and ideas for culling seed beads and on Friday, I'll share instructions for the chain maille and strung necklace I created for the April/May Beadwork challenge.

Michelle Mach shares beading news, contests, reader galleries, and other beady stuff every Monday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Michelle, please post them on the website.

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