Monday, 25 April 2011
A not-Trollbead bead bracelet
Left to right, glass beads are from: Summersday, Meesmerel, Summersday, Eagle Bay Designs, Eagle Bay Designs, and the next four all from Meesmerel.
Summersday is on Dawanda, and her beads range in price from €10 to €15. They sell out extremely quickly when she uploads a new batch, so it's worth adding yourself to the email notification list if you are interested in her beads. I've bought quite a few more from her since the two on this bracelet, and I'm very happy with them. She makes lovely floral beads, and quite often has single colour bubble beads, which are very versatile in combinations with more patterned beads. She is based in Germany, so there are no import worries.
Eagle Bay Designs is an American artisan, so be warned that you will probably be stung for VAT and the Royal Mail handling fee (£8!) on these (Customs seem to be checking everything at the moment). These are no less expensive than Trollbeads, but they're absolutely gorgeous. Even knowing that HMRC will stiff me on the purchase, I'm still tempted to order more custom beads from this bead maker.
Meesmerel is on Etsy, and her solid silver core troll-size beads are generally $20 each (the beads with specialist materials, like the Old Earth style, are a little more). She's based in the Netherlands, so no Customs sadness with this purchase either. I've also found her to be really helpful and accommodating - I've made a couple of custom orders with her.