I’ve finally got around to taking photos of bracelets I made for sale. I uploaded two of them today, with a couple more items still saved for later.
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Capturing these photos was not an easy task. I had to do a little bit of editing to get the colours to look more like the real thing. Still, learning every day. The photos link to their Etsy pages, which will give you a description and more images.

Starting out this beading project hasn’t been easy either, financially. I really need a lot of bead and finding stashes to be able to make various styles. I order a lot from other Etsy sellers, and each package takes at least a week to arrive. I can never order enough to last me more than a week. Actually, it lasts me about a day before I realise I need some other type of finding. So I order more and wait patiently… (yeah right). The next day or two, I order more supplies from another seller. And the cycle continues. Have a look at my stocked work area in our new apartment in Zürich-Oerlikon:
Work Area Preview of Upcoming Work

I’m still itching to make my own beads, because that would at least eliminate the need for me to search high and low for affordable glass beads in the colour I want. Of course, I would then be searching for and buying glass rods, wouldn’t I? Right. So anyway, I purchased a book on Making Glass Beads by Cindy Jenkins. I was originally worried that I would need a kiln to even start out, but after finding a German online store that sells all the equipment and glass stock, I now know that I can use vermiculite (Kühlgranulat) to anneal small beads. This is good news for a beginner wanting to try out the craft without spending at least AU$500 for a bead kiln.