In a attempt to extend my line of necklaces, I spent a fun afternoon searching through beads at a Rings-n-Things Bead tour location a week ago. What a wonderfully tactile experience! I touched many more beads than I actually purchased. Am I the only one or does anyone else out there have this "need-to-touch" issue with beads?!
Anyway, its good they don't charge you for just picking things up. ("Um, excuse me, Miss? I am sorry but you've caressed that strand of huge turquoise beads three times now - that'll be $30.)
The serious "beaders" were purchasing mountains of beads. I controlled myself realizing that I was there just to choose compliments to my polymer pieces but it wasn't easy. The photos show some of my purchases...beads of glass, jasper, labrodorite and agate, Masai trade beads from Africa and silver beads that actually set me back the most.