As the International Bead Correspondent for Art Bead Scene (that's an unofficial title that I've given myself), I am here today to bring you some bead news from overseas! (Apart from if you're reading this in the UK, in which case I am your Local Bead Correspondent.)
As a lover of Etsy (and who isn't?), I frequently buy from overseas, particularly the USA and Canada. I love that I can communicate directly with designers and makers literally thousands of miles away, and buy straight from them. I love thinking of the individual artist sitting in their studio all that way around the world from me, packing up beads they have created by hand, and sending them on, directly to me. It's amazing that websites such as Etsy have opened up such possibilities for us all. And although international shipping can be daunting, it's actually surprisingly simple and easy to buy from many places abroad. I have limited experience of it, but I have bought from all over Europe, North America, Australia and China, and not had any more problems with postage than I would expect from online shopping confined to the UK. Bear in mind customs regulations (larger orders may require you to pay a charge) and the world really is just one giant art bead market!
However, I also love that on Etsy I can track down local bead artists and designers. Shopping direct and shopping local are two things that I like to do when I can. I've gathered a selection of artists together in this, my first ever Etsy Treasury (let's just say, it took me a while...). I plan on making some more treasuries featuring designers and makers from all over Europe, as well as these below who are more directly local to me. Hopefully my treasury making skills will speed up too...!
A selection of beads, ribbons, findings and buttons by some of the UK's wonderful artisans.
| SowZerE - Let's Dance -... |
| 5 buzzy bee beads |
| Bird bead. Handmade lampwork... |
| Juicy Fruit Drops - Bead Set |
| Moogin beads -kimono silk ro... |
| Sunspots Buttons .. handmade... |
| Medium Oxidised Sterling Sil... |
| Sunrise Sparkle Nuggets Trio... |
| Copper Toggle Clasp - Prom P... |
| Bag of mixed handmade cerami... |
| Ornamentum Antiqua. Handmade... |
| Lampwork Sra Purple Haze Foc... |
| Feathered Lampwork bead set ... |
| Owl bead 65 |
| Handmade Ceramic Beads Set i... |
| Headpins - Raspberry Ripple-... |