Bead Hoard Curiosities Club for September

I can hardly believe that it's already September! But here we are, autumn is coming here in the mountains, and I'm starting to stockpile beads and supplies for my beading and jewelry making projects to get me through the long, cold Adirondack winters.

The September shipment of the Bead  Hoard Curiosities Club from A Grain of Sand had a wonderful and diverse selection of vintage beads and jewelry making components to get me inspired! Check out my favorite picks from this month's club shipment:

The vintage beads in this month's selection were as varied as they were beautiful! My top picks? This strand of vintage Japanese beads with sugar glass coating; a handful of vintage Czech glass tin-cut drops; and a fat little bag of these three-sided bugle beads!
Vintage cabochons are my weakness when I'm buying beads, and this month I definitely got my fix from the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club. I was bowled over by the sparkle of the yellow vintage Czech glass faceted stone, and the red glass teardrops will be the perfect addition to my next bead embroidery necklace. Red and green pointed-back glass stones will make the perfect holiday necklace, and the amethyst vintage Swarovski sew-ons are going to make someone on my holiday gift list very, very happy.
The metals in this month's shipment were inspiring! I loved the three different colors of the funky shaped aluminum drops, and the textured frame will be perfect for my next resin jewelry making project. There was also a healthy length of vintage gold-plated chain and a small length of crystal cup chain in pastel colors.

Other favorite items from this month's box were a huge bag of vintage wood beads from the Philippines, a bag of vintage wound glass beads in a lovely, deep maroon color, a few adjustable ring findings, some beautiful small Bakelite rings, and a handful of charming little brass drops. It was so much fun to sort through the beads again this month!

If you want to get in on next month's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club shipment, do it now. Suzanne Branca, owner of A Grain of Sand, has let us in on a little secret: next month's club shipment will include a full box of vintage Swarovski Article #21, dangling beads in vitriol medium (72 pieces)! Head on over to A Grain of Sand and get signed up — boxes will ship out on October 1!

Bead Happy,


*Correction: This post originally stated the the product included in the October shipment of the Bead Hoard Curiosities Club was a box of crystal Rivolis. The post has been updated to reflect the product, Swarovski Article #21, vintage dangling beads in vitriol medium.

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