In my past life, while living in Montréal, I worked for a watch and jewelry distributor. We imported our merchandise from overseas and shipped them to boutiques and large vendors (Costco, Walmart) across Canada. Our jewelry was imported from Murano, Italy and I instantly fell madly in love with glass hand-crafted jewels. Sometimes, if I was lucky, a bracelet would arrive in less than stellar condition or our merchandise would be out-of-season and I would, for pennies a bag of beads(well, almost pennies; Murano glass is expensive because each piece is hand-crafted and often includes silver and/or gold foils) get loads of materials to create my own pieces.
It's been a long while since I crafted with beads, however, I find that it's really nice to exercise the fingers and mind in a different direction every so often. I created this bracelet with a mix of Murano beads, pearls, quartz and seed beads linked onto chain.
I really do love designing and making jewelry so I think I might set aside some time to make one new piece once a month. Stay tuned!