Last week I attended Hobby-X, Southern-Africa’s largest hobby and craft show, with my beading buddy Bev. We took a day’s leave from work and felt like a couple of kids bunking school. (Not that I ever did that as a kid…!!)
Any day that involves breakfast out, curry with a beer for lunch, a swerve past a frozen yoghurt shop on the way home and a post-shopping glass of wine on the patio whilst perusing our purchases – all ON TOP of a day’s bead buying, has to be good, right?
So here are some of the goodies that found their way into my shopping bag:
My favourite purchase of the day – black crackle agate in 20mm and 10mm rounds. I have already made a necklace from the larger beads – they look fabulous combined simply with shiny chunky silver ring spacers and a thick silver chain. Very chic and elegant – perfect for your monochrome wardrobe this spring. (Photos to follow….)
I could resist these cornflower blue agate beads. Isn’t that colour delicious? The faceted beads catch the light as you move making it ideal for a summer bracelet.
These garnet beads are so shiny, they almost look like glass. These are also destined for a bracelet – probably with some diamante to make an evening wear accessory.
I have already used half of these turquoise howlite chunks in a very funky silver statement necklace. Photos to be posted later this week!
These beads are chunky (20mm) faceted dark blue ocean agate – already made into a simple adjustable choker necklace.
Ah my favourite gemstone, labradorite – I couldn’t leave the craft show without purchasing some of these. I just love the way labradorite catches the light with flashes of intense colour. These beads are small, only 8mm, and so will be used for bracelets and earrings.
I fell in love with these chunky reconstituted black turquoise rondelles. (Reconstituted turquiose is is a mix of real turquoise with resins and dyes.) They are about 20mm and will be used for a serious statement necklace. I am still deciding whether to combine them with a contrasting gemstone such as coral or turquoise…..
It’s been a fun and busy week at Big Skies Jewellery. I am looking forward to sharing with you the finished pieces from this new stock – just need to add the final touches and get the camera out. (And I do have a couple more exciting purchases that I want to share with you down the line….but all in good time!)
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