September's Gemstone, Glass Beads & Scottish Trip

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See us tomorrow, Sunday 3rd September 2017 at Cornish Bead Show at The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7BX. Free Entry, Free Gifts & Free Refreshments – open from 11am to 4pm. Full details here.

Or the following weekend, Sat & Sun 9th-10th Sept at Chepstow Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Chepstow Park Racecouse, Chepstow NP16 6BE.

We’ll be staying ‘Down West’ between these two shows, so online orders will be delayed until Friday 8th September.

We have over 30 shows this year, all with a bigger display. Click for details: all our 2017 beads fairs.

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Scottish Trip – August 2017
September’s Gemstone
Gain With Glass – Glass Beads Are Good!
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Scottish Trip - August 2017

Each year between the Harrogate Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair and the Scottish Bead Fair in Perth, we stay ‘up north’ for a few days holiday. It’s a long way back to Norwich!

Between the Travel Lodges and B&Bs I like to camp occasionally, especially by the Scottish coast. Weather is usually sun with the off days of showers. However, this year was disastrous. Persistent heavy rain and cold meant we only got the tent up once, and even then with MiMi’s protest. Now I understand why people holiday outside the UK.

I also ended up taking the van halfway round the Cairngorm Mountains twice, huge detour, after booking the wrong located B&B. At the same named coastal village, but 150-miles south inland – at least the place and food there was good! Should have checked post codes, but in a hurry during a downpour on a laptop in the van….

The seafood by Oban Harbour was excellent though. Felt like being back in China: throwing the shells on the table!

Nevertheless, we did well at both bead shows, especially Perth. Pity it’s to be the last Scottish Bead Fair organised by Dawn of Precious Sparkle Beads. I understand visitors are down each year, but still over 400 came through the door of this tenth show.

Dawn say’s she will be busy with here new shop in Perth in 2018 and other commitments.

Therefore, if no one else comes forward to arrange the show for next year, I may take on the challenge myself as our beads are so popular in Scotland. If so, it will be trimmed right down and held in a smaller hall in Perth. If any readers know of a suitable location, please get in contact with me?

September's Gemstone

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and is chemically and structurally the same as ruby, an aluminum oxide. However, where rubies are only red, sapphires come in every color but red: blue, golden yellow, reddish-orange, or violet.

Sapphire beads are too expensive for most crafters, so a great alternative for September is blue chalcedony – which can look similar at a fraction of the cost. Chalcedony is a very fine-grained variety of quartz with a waxy luster with a compact fibrous structure.

Natural chalcedony is usually grayish blue and sometimes with hints of pink, however it can be color enhanced to light blue. It is said that chalcedony was used as a sacred stone by the Native Americas, promoting stability within the ceremonial activities of the tribe.

Chalcedony is thought to augment emotional balance, vitality, stamina, endurance, kindness, charity and friendliness. It also supposedly alleviates hostilities, irritability and melancholy.

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Gain With Glass - Glass Beads Are Good!

Glass beads are very popular for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets and piercing. You can also use them on lamps, head caps and tiaras, even threaded on curtains. Don’t look down on glass!

Glass beads are very popular for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets and piercing. You can also use them on lamps, head caps and tiaras, even threaded on curtains. Don’t look down on glass!

Glass are a cheaper alternative to crystal and more available. Therefore there are also more shapes and colours available in glass – and like gemstones, they come faceted, matt, or high-gloss too. Bead shapes range from simple designs like spheres, teardrops and leaves, to original and obscure forms that can be indescribable.

However, versatility is the key to getting the most from your string – so buy round beads to avoid leftovers.

Glass beads are available in a variety of colours like primary colours of red, green, and clear to more sparkling colours of aqua, magenta and rose. Many are multi-coloured with a blow effect as can occur on glass vases and beakers.

Mix glass with other beads when designing jewellery, depending on the role of the item. A formal necklace may incorporate a few crystal beads threaded with the glass beads to give an impression of expense and class. However, a more casual look may prefer to incorporate shells or seed beads instead.

Most glass beads are made out of matt glass, dichroic glass and lamp worked glass. These regular forms of glass beads are relatively cheap to purchase. Glass beads are available from specific suppliers located in shopping malls and internet shops. The beads can usually be purchased individually, however the cost of the beads tends to fall the more beads that are purchased.

Glass beads can also be found in rare forms of vintage glass. These glass beads are usually from Germany, Japan, Italy and Czechoslovakia. These vintage beads are usually hand made and therefore more expansive and are common purchases for collectors or customers requiring a rare piece of jewellery to be made. Glass beads, as with many other beads are usually purchased ready holed and are thread onto either cotton or nylon threads.

What are glass pearls
These are man-made and coated to give a fantastic glossy eye-catching sheen. Like genuine pearls they have a substantial feel and weight, and are cool to the touch.

Advantage of glass pearls
They cost less than real pearls or gemstones and look almost the same. Except they lack the grooving found in cheaper natural pearls. They are more varied, in different shapes and bright colours like yellow, red, green and blue – as well as sparkling shades like aqua, magenta and rose. Most strings of our glass pearls are only 99p or US$1.65!

Glass pearls are fantastic for the price!

Mix glass with other beads
When making jewellery, blend glass with gemstones depending on the design. A formal necklace may use a few crystal beads threaded with glass beads to give an impression of style and expense. However, a more casual look might incorporate shells instead.

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MrBead Bead Fairs

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Exhibit at a MrBead Show
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