Bead Shopping at Fire Mountain Gems (FMG)
I ordered a few more things for jewelry making - a book, some cabachons, and an assortment bag of beads. I didn't neeeed any of this, but I had a credit at Fire Mountain Gems (FMG) for $25, so what the heck. (That means it was free - doesn't it?)
It all started with Fire Mountain Gems weekly book sale. This week's book was Wonderful Wire Works: An Easy Decorative Craft for $1.81. It's on amazon for $11.27, so it was a good deal. And I had that credit. So now, I had to fill my cart with some other stuff to make the $5 shipping worthwhile.
(In case you like bargain books too - here's the link to FMGs Book of the Week Sale).
Did I mention I really like Surprises?
First, I ordered the amazonite cabachon assortment and sodalite cabachon assortment. They were each an assorted package of 25 cabs between 4mm to 18x10mm in a variety of shapes. I don't have any cabachons, so figured it would be nice just to get some. The amazonite is a much better assortment than the sodalite, but overall, they're ok. Nothing special - but I think I'll find a way to use them.
I wish there were some larger cabachons in the sodalite assortment - and I like the shape variety and colors in the Amazonite. Overall, I think there are better cabachon assortments on FMG. (and I'll tell you when I find them!)
I'm confused though - aren't cabachons always supposed to have a domed top? Some of the sodalite ones are just cylinders with no smooth top. Maybe it's my misunderstanding.
Now, we get to the surprise part.
With about $9 and change left to spend, I decide to say "what they hey" and order a Bosses Bead Bag assortment. I can't tell you why - but I love to unwrap a package and be surprised. It's even better if it came in the mail. Personal quirk I guess.
And the bag was a surprise. It was a large lot of mostly glass beads, some stone beads and lots of base metal findings. I guess I could have thought about this purchase a little more and figured out what it would contain, but I'm not even disappointed. There's so many things in here that I would never buy - but it doesn't mean that I would never use them. Some of them, I would have never thought of.
For example, there are hair pins with a glue on pad or loop finding. That's cool. There are lots of filigrees and bead caps. Chain extenders, ring bases and findings that I haven't figured out yet. Luckily, my daughter sorted them for me.
The glass beads are nothing to rave about. Mainly druks or other rough beads. I like the gemstones, even though I know there is nothing terribly expensive in the lot. I like the simple shapes, and basic colors. You can judge the assortment for yourself. Overall, I regard it as a silly purchase - but it was fun. It's also nice to have base metal and cheaper beads on hand when my daughter wants to play or make gifts.
Do you buy any surprise assortments from any suppliers? Are there any that you recommend or have been pleasantly surprised with? Yup - I'd do this again. (can't help myself!)
Oh yeah - I forgot to mention that I really like the book. It's different and fun. I don't think I'd pay more than a few dollars for it though.