I love combining interesting handmade beads with my own beads. Especially lampworked glass beads. I wish I had the time and the set up to do it myself but that’s a whole other learning curve that I’m not ready to approach. And why do I need to when I can buy amazing beads from Sue Kennedy at SueBeads?
Here are the beads I have my eye on to buy next. I can’t decide between that set or this one. (There’s a good chance I’ll go right from posting this blog to her Etsy shop to buy them.) Because I like a matte finish on the beads I combine with my own beach rocks and silver beads, I usually ask Sue to etch them for me before sending them. She has always been willing and gracious about doing it and she ships very quickly.
See how the etched finish makes them look like a treasure I just found on the beach?
The first beads I ever bought from Sue were the etched clear beads with trailings of fine silver. Her silvery long green focal beads have inspired me too. (Upper left of second photo.)
Right now Sue is featuring a great selection of her enameled rondelle beads in her Etsy shop. Last year I was randomly chosen to participate in a blog hop with these beads. Blog hops and challenges are a great way to shake up your creative juices.
Recently, I was looking for a knitting project I had stuffed into my mess of a linen/storage closet last December. Look what was in the bag with the yarn!
An order from Sue I had stashed away when the holiday madness was taking over. I don’t know why they never made their way into my studio. What a cool surprise to find them again, just when I need some new beads to work with as I add to my summer jewelry inventory. I believe the bumpy beads on the left were a little gift Sue added in with my order. While they are not the style I usually choose from Sue’s shop, I found them to be the perfect catalyst for a new earring design.
Do you have a favorite bead maker or Etsy shop that inspires you? Share the love!