Over the last few months, I have been slowly parting with my huge collection of acrylic and lucite beads. Some of these beads are beautiful and precious, but because I don’t use plastic for environmental reasons anymore, I’ve been finding new homes for them, in the spirit of freecycling.
Every time I give away another set of beads, it gets a bit easier to say goodbye to these little treasures. But there is one very special tray that I wasn’t sure I would ever crack open. When I was collecting all these rare and unique beads, I mostly sorted them by color and style, but I set aside everything that I considered to be tribal or earthy. I have an entire box of beads that I had once planned to use for Egyptian inspired crafts in my other beading life.
Last month, when I picked up the Egyptian vibe again, I thought perhaps it was time to work up some courage, and say goodbye to my tribal plastic bead stash. I considered giving them away, or perhaps destashing them in my tutorial shop. I even started putting them into baggies, sorted by color. Then I lost all of my gumption and put them back in their little compartments. Call me crazy, but I’m just not ready yet.
Instead, I put together a little sample pack, with some picks from each of the sets. There are lots of natural looking imitation stones, earthy colors and shapes, animal prints, plus turquoise, red and black with gold or silver detail. I may not be able to part with my entire collection, but I really do want to share some of these beauties. They deserve to be part of a beautiful design.
I’m also including a huge bag of galvanized metallic gold 11/o seed beads, with a little sprinkling of African Christmas beads. Though there are lots of fun possibilities for these beads, I think the whole lot would make a wonderful multistrand necklace.
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