Have you ever wondered where the beads I use in my designs come from? Which comes first, the beads or the design? Oh -- and most important, what does the picture above have to do with beads? Well, this time of year is a good time to give you a window into one of the ways I gather beads.
Each year about this time I shop at the world’s largest bead, rock, gem, and mineral shows which take place in Tucson, Arizona. These shows take up all of Tucson from the convention center to side lots at gas stations, church basements, school auditoriums, and every hotel ballroom, lobby, and suite there is.
Now -- why the opening picture? Because, every morning in Tucson looking out a window where I stay, this is what I see -- cactus at sun rise! I think of this view as my gateway to the beautiful and unusual beads that will become parts of future pieces of jewelry -- a window to endless possibilities.
In the interest of full disclosure I am going to show you what a day of shopping in Tucson is like. Each day shopping is from 10 am to 6 pm without a serious break. Tucson is the one place where I can shop with bead venders and artists from around the world. Knowing that I'll be going into unchartered waters, I get my lightest weight carry on with wheels (beads are too heavy to carry when one is going through a show with 400 plus venders), a shopping bag/purse/back pack, my most comfortable walking shoes, my laptop, show registrations, money, and I'm ready. Oh. And it really helps to have a wonderful friend who turns over her home and car to you while you are in Tucson!
Some badges can be used at several shows.