27 May 2010


I had a few spare hours in London yesterday so I decided to visit the Bead Shop in Covent Garden. That place is like a sweet shop for adults! But what shocked me were the prices -- 20p for a plastic bead!? I'm used to buying a whole STRING of beads from a Charity Shop for that. But I didn't leave empty handed as I bought some clasps, wire and crimp beads to mend a few necklaces.

When I got home I decided to play around with some of the beads that I've collected over the years, but what struck me is that they felt too small! It's all about big beads these days, isn't it? The small ones I have didn't seem to have any impact when strung together so I was left feeling quite dissatisfied and frustrated. It's interesting how our tastes change.

The red and white necklaces were old ones that needed restringing. I made the multicolour bracelet myself. It was meant to be a necklace but it seemed too long and thing, so I think it's better worn on the wrist. I'm desperate for some big shiny yellow and aqua beads -- must keep my eye out in the Charity Shops. Honey certainly enjoyed herself; she was sitting on my bead tray within a couple of minutes!


What Would a Nerd Wear said...

oh i love making jewelry! wish there was a great bead store closer by me!

Anonymous said...

This takes me back to those white and black lettered beads that I had when I was a kid. It really makes me want to make beaded jewelery!

Melanie@Unravelled Threads

the real mia said...

Oooh what fun. I just love colorful beads.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

have you read Little Bee!? I am in the middle. It's set in London. It's amazing! If you haven't, you must read it.

p.s. the kitty wants a cat size necklace

emma wallace said...

How fun! I've wanted to make jewelry but never actually gotten the supplies.

painted fish studio said...

beautiful. i've been obsessed with big beads since this post!

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