BTW: New Goodies
I went to the Gem Faire in Tacoma last Friday and I have all kinds of new goodies on my bead table now. I’m fairly cautious at Gem Faire, because many of the gem dealers don’t have store fronts or websites and I see a lot of gems that look dubious to me. One booth had beads that were obviously glass, but were billed as quartz, (but had garish bright non-quartz colors). Other dealers looked quite reputable. I really didn’t need any stones any way. They have good deals on Swarovski crystals and I picked up several strands. The oval beads (below) are Chinese crystal. The rest are Swarovskis.
Unicorn Beads always has a booth at Gem Faire and they have great deals on their discontinued lines. Unicorne Beads specializes in handmade lampworked Boro (Borosilicate) glass. At a nearby booth, I also picked up one strand of moukite – my only gemstone purchase.
Here’s a close up of some of the boro beads. Pretty, huh?
I finished off my shopping spree with 4 feet of brass chain and 2 feet of copper chain. The ceramic pieces below are from Summers Studio and they arrived in the mail this week, too.
Now I can’t wait to get into the studio and start creating with all these new goodies.
Visit the BTW Flickr group and see what others have on their bead tables.