As promised, my crystal trove from Dallas. Whew. So much sparkly. So little time.
|I have no idea what I'll do with these cubes. But, again, stunning sparkle. And at $3 a 16" strand, a steal.|
|Butterflies! I've had an idea dancing around my head for a butterfly necklace for about a year. Now I have the butterflies to make it. And can you believe - $4 a strand?|
|Odd shaped crystals. Lovely purple/blues and green/pinks. Sigh. $4 a strand. And to think, I've paid 5 times that much for the same beads at a jewelry show. And thought THAT was a good price.|
|20 mm pink rondelles. Gorgeous soft pink. $3. I should have gotten more of these...|
|MATTE crystals! Oh, matte - I love you. I've never seen matte crystals before. Subtle. Beautiful.|
So I came home and rearranged all of my bead boxes, separating out the crystal from the gemstones and the czech glass. I was under the impression that crystal was a new obsession. Ha! Going through my bead stash quickly proved me wrong. I'll been liking the shiny for quite awhile. I have my swarvoskis, stashed away in separate boxes, casue let's face it, those little treasures are much more expensive than chinese crystal. But really, I don't see much difference. Both are equally shiny, well made and useful for bead embroidery accents. And when doing beadweaving, I'm sticking to the affordability of the chinese.