I don’t usually photograph my beads but this time I’ll make an exception. My friend recently came home after a six month stay in Buenos Aires. She had kindly agreed to be my “bead agent” there so I ended up buying a huge pile of silver beads, enough to last me a long time!
Large silver beads of this kind are quite pricey and the selection in Finnish bead stores is not very impressive. If I buy from overseas I have to pay so much extra in shipping and handling fees, even customs fees, that buying silver turns out painfully expensive. With the help of my friend I was for once able to avoid all these extra charges so I really splurged on these wonderful beads and filigree bead caps… These beads had been imported from the Filippines so they weren’t exactly cheap in BA either, but all other charges aside, it was a bargain. Thanks, Anu!!
I also received ten looong strands of chip beads in lovely, light shades of green, blue and yellow. I haven’t worked with chip beads before so it will be kind of a challenge for me to be able to make them work in an interesting way.
These lovely wooden plates were a great find at Moko, one of my favourite shops in town. They are lightweight and pretty and everything looks nice on them. I even like the rattling sound of beads or tools touching the wood.
Our home is quite small and for the moment I don’t really have a proper studio space. (I watch in awe and envy all the beautiful studio photos people have sent to the new Flickr group Studio Works that Jes has put up. Thanks for inviting me, Jes!) Fortunately the materials in jewellery making don’t necessarily require a huge space and even fit in one bag when I go to the country for a longer period of time. I usually work at my desk but for example today the light was so good in front of the window that I laid my bits and bobs out on the window sill and sat on a stool in front of it to play with my new beads…