I have mentioned before that bead shops are thin on the ground in France. In fact they are seemingly becoming thinner in the UK too as three of the four shops I used to visit regularly have closed down in recent months. However, I occasionally get rich pickings at the local brocantes and vide greniers – the French equivalent of our car boot sales or flea markets.
This long string of nice china beads cost me 2€ at one of these markets last weekend. They are lovely quality beads and I’m itching to take the string apart and start work on a new project.
These beads also came from a brocante purchase of 2€. I couldn’t wait as long as a minute to take the necklace apart so that I could discard the really manky plastic and corroded metal beads that were in amongst them. Ugh. What is left is definitely worth the price but I’m saving myself for an upcoming event.
I attend a ladies group that has meetings of various kinds roughly once a month. It started out as a way of ladies to get together socially without the presence of their other halves who might cramp their style a bit. Various entertainments are put on and for this month I offered to provide a jewellery making workshop where ladies who might never have done anything like it before can make something out of a selection of beads, or repair or remodel some of their own beaded items that might be broken or out of favour.
I’m looking forward to it and thought it might be interesting for them to see how a modest expenditure on second hand jewellery can turn into something nice to wear.
Watch this space!