By NO means is this the entire catalog of bead makers I love. I love so many and have tried over the past ten years to buy at least one thing from each of them. Buying handmade is so much better when you consider you're helping support someone else's dream, of making a business making pretty things. You, after all, are probably in the same business! There's SUCH a difference between handmade and factory "handmade" in sweat shops, and having visited a sweat shop in Korea (they make blankets and quilts), I have a strong aversion to the working conditions that happen.
Not only that, friends of mine who are really good at what they do get knocked off, and often these knock-offs appear in large chain stores. If you see an obvious knock-off, please let the bead maker know privately. On occasion, they give a license to make such beads, but sometimes, it's just plain theft.
OK, off the soap box, on to the pretties!
|By Earth Elements -- comes in various colors, too.|
|Keysha Koy hollow glass beads -- I love her work!|
|An all-time favorite lampworker, Stephanie Sersich, makes magic happen with glass.|
|My collection from Round Rabbit -- originals all the way. |
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|via Pikalda Beads - she has a ton of wonderful beads!|
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.