There are a couple of questions I’m often asked…
How do I store my beads?... How do I care for them?
I don’t really look after my beads at all! They get dumped into a toilet bag and stuffed in a drawer. When I want to wear something I rummage through the bag and haul out a handfuls to search.
I do this for a couple of reasons – the first and most significant is because I am lazy and not all that tidy. But the second is because I need to know how sturdy the beads are, especially when I began making them. So I figure that if I’m harder on them than almost anybody else would be, then I know what to expect from them. It’s an ideal excuse for being messy, don’t you think?
If they get dirty – and they do get makeup and even food (spaghetti sauce is my usual culprit) on them occasionally – I have been known to put them into the cutlery container in the dishwasher (with a compartment to themselves) and run them through a normal cycle with the plates. I don’t really recommend this for you – it’s hard on the jewelers wire they’re strung on – the beads cope really well, but the wire can take a hammering.
If you’re worried about them being grubby you’re welcome to send them back to me and for the cost of the postage I will clean them for you in an ultrasonic cleaner. I’m also really happy to re-string beads for you if you’ve had a disaster :(
I am not a dainty girl - I understand that things happen!
Do I wear things out of the stock that’s for sale?
Never! I think that the things we wear take on our energy (and vice versa), and while I have put my intention into making the piece, it is not necessarily mine to wear. While I love to recycle almost anything, I think that when you purchase something you should know that it has a history – perhaps that history is a mystery, but if you buy something new it should be new!
|I keep my earrings and brooches in a separate box – purely because I can’t find them if they’re rattling with all of the other beads in the bag.|
How do you store your beads?