I had visited the store before and pretty quickly proved unable to make anything, given so many beautiful beads to choose from. Talk about a recipe for brain freeze!
This time I went armed with an idea in advance: I wanted to make a charm for my car, something a little more exotic to hang from her rear view mirror than a car jar or those beads they throw during Mardi Gras (and something that wouldn't conjure up images of what contemporary consumption ritual I might have participated in to get those beads--not that there's anything wrong with that!).
I wasn't too impressed with the result, although Eve seems to like it. And if it keeps her happy as she approaches the transitional milestone of being Paid For, my mission has been accomplished.
Surprisingly, this one dabble led to a full-blown new obsession with necklace-making, played out in a return visit to that store, augmented by supplies from the craft mega-store and another bead store that I stumbled upon on my way to somewhere else.
I never thought of myself as terribly craft-y, but this project has been very fun. And it's amazing how pretty a handful of tacky plastic beads from the 99 cent bin can look in the right setting.
Of course, some of the beads were not 99 cents. These are something called yellow turquoise.
And, of course, there's always art glass.
Please forgive the gaps where the wire shows. These required some improvising, because I don't know how to do clasps.