I get some of my best beads from artist Andrew Thornton – his destashes, the shop he owns with William Jones, Allegory Gallery, and the kits he puts together for Allegory Gallery Design Challenges. Recently I got a strand of paper beads as a prize, and I love them. I had multiple ideas for them right away. (They have some similar beads in their etsy store right now.)
Andrew made the polymer faux Moroccan amber beads for a challenge kit. I took apart the necklace I originally made that didn’t do them justice, and I’ve been saving them for something special. I got some cool, chunky wooden chain from a destash that I knew would find just the right project someday.
After auditioning different metal spacers, I decided to use some I just recently got at Bead & Button. I added in an enamel Berber bicone bead from The Bead Chest and a large swivel clasp. I really love how it turned out. It’s a fun mix of materials – paper, polymer clay, metal, wood. Some of these materials have been waiting for the perfect project and some new beads came in handy right away. I’m already picturing what I will wear it with.