Surprise! More jewelry making goodies in the mail. And they really were a surprise again.
Wired Up Beads has been offering weekly grab bags of jewelry goodies for the summer. They go on sale on Mondays at 10:30 am Central time and are limited in quantity. I purchased one of the week 3 grab bags. The bags are guaranteed to have a retail price of at least $75 and cost $30 plus shipping. So, let's examine what I got - shall we?
Kumihimo Braiding Grab Bag
This week's theme was obviously Kumihimo Braiding - something I know nothing about - but that in itself is always of interest to me. I love new things.
The kit contains:
- 1 Beadsmith Kumihimo Braiding Disk (approx value $9)
- 1 spool grey S-Lon cord (approx value $5)
- 2 hanks of czech seed beads in blue and violet - 12 strands each (approx value $5?)
- 2 bundles kumihimo fiber (approx value $15?)
- 1 fabulously gorgeous glass focal bead, signed A Ray, dated 1/08 (approx value $35?)
- a gift of baby wubbers pliers
The Glass Focal Bead is Amazing!!
To be honest - some of these items I have no idea on their value. I don't buy hanks of seed beads. I'd probably never buy a glass focal and pay $30 - but having spent $10 on lampwork focal beads no where near as lovely or large - I'm pretty sure this would be very expensive. It is signed and dated, so it is obviously an art bead and the star of this goody bag. I am very happy to own it and the entire kumihimo kit.
The only thing I wish was included in this kit are the no tangle thread bobbins that I found on Wired Up Beads website. If they were included, I would be ready to start trying my hand and braiding. They aren't very expensive... but it is what it is.
Would I buy another one of these surprise packages? Absolutely - I already did!! So, you can look forward to a review of week four's goodies next week.
Here's the description from their website: Week Four's limited edition offering is a stunning sparkler, guaranteed to add some bling to your designs. This week will include lots of Swarovski elements, seed beads, a variety of textiles and a special sterling silver accent piece.
I don't normally use much Swarovski, seed beads or textiles - so this is another chance to expand my boundaries. I guess the projects are backing up now.