In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to buy more art beads, mostly from Aussie makers. Since then I’ve been shopping!
These gorgeous beads from Aussie lampwork artist Angel Gensch who has two bead shops on etsy, Journey Beads and Genschi. Top left – Pumpkin Organic bead pair, top right – Whispy Pale Lavender bead set, bottom left – Dusty Purple Mottled Bead set, bottom right – Pretty Pastel Monet Bead set.
I know what I’m going to be doing with some of these! Two of the mottled purple are going to be vocals in a couple of Kumihimo bracelets, the pumpkins are destined to be a pair of earring for a Christmas present. The Monet beads are a set of five, Angela sent a bonus matching bead so I’m thinking a bracelet and matching earrings.
I’ve also put an order into Bead Box Bargains, a bead closing house in the US. I saw a post by Lauren (Bead Box Bargains) on the Bead Soup Cafe on Facebook. The were having a great sale on bead caps so I asked Lauren if she was willing to ship to Australia, and she was! I ordered what would have cost me $150 here – for $20!! Shipping was only a little more expensive than normal Aussie shipping.
I’ve also ordered some brass and pewter pieces from a supplier in Hong Kong on eBay. Mostly unusual bead caps, a few sets of focals and a a really nice set of clasps. I might hang on to a few of these for the next Bead Soup challenge next year.
Well, my October purchases will be arriving in November (I hope). I wonder what I’ll buy this month? I’m thinking some polymer clay beads, if you can recommend any Aussie sellers out there I’d appreciate it, I’m too lazy to make my own!