My first love…as in “Bead Store Love”. Was and is a small, wonderful, independently owned local shop. The Bouncing Bead. Literally, with hard wood floors, you’d hear and see small beautiful beads bouncing and skittering away when dropped. I may have done this more than a few times during my weekly visits.
Since my first visit 7 years ago, the store has moved about two miles further out, it is now carpeted, and has a new owner, the lovely and knowledgeable Joleen. It’s still my go-to shop for beading needs. I love The Bouncing Bead because…
1. It is where I took my very first jewelry class…Basic Bead Stringing. I’ve since taken Wire Wrapping and Fun with Fire (twice). The original owner, Laura, let me repeat the class for free because I was still too nervous to fire up my torch at home. Sweet! They continue to offer a wide selection of classes with great instructors.
2. They have a very large selection of stones, pearls, Czech glass, seed beads, and findings. AND, this is what I really love..while most items are sold on strands and in bagged quantities, there is a HUGE selection available for individual purchase. I could buy one pearl or one head pin, or one jump ring. For someone starting out in jewelry making, this was a tremendous service. Back in the day, I would buy just enough supplies to make one pair of earrings at a time. Seems pretty silly to me now, but it certainly fit my needs at the time.
3. Lastly, there has always been experienced, friendly, helpful staff. Many times, I could bring in a project that I was having trouble with and receive great advice and possible solutions. They are always willing to special order for me as well.
Recently, an opportunity came up to offer Fresh Baked Designs in the shop.
Of course! What a lovely chance to share jewelry made with some of the great offerings in the shop. My handcrafted copper and polymer clay buttons are also for sale.
Here’s what I’m working on today…in polymer clay and copper…
(for the big view, click on the photo)