Bead Jar Bonanza

We do a fun activity at our Bead Society each month that pays off well once a year.

At each meeting, every member is asked to bring a nice bead or two, or a beading supply item, and drop it in a huge plastic jar. The only caveat is to “donate a bead that you’d like to win back”.

This goes on throughout the year, and in the following January, we raffle off the bead jar in its overstuffed glory. We held the raffle a month late, however, so we raffled it off this past Monday.

When the red tickets were tossed about and mixed thoroughly in a large pitcher (we used what we could!), our Society President reached in and drew a ticket. Several people sighed aloud and said they were off a number.

I wasn’t off a number. I won the bead jar. It practically left me speechless.

This is the bead jar I won at our February 2016 Bead Society meeting.  Yes, it's stuffed to the brim! Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

This is the bead jar I won at our February 2016 Bead Society meeting. Yes, it’s stuffed to the brim!
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Last night I took the jar and brought it to our porch and spread out the plethora of beads atop the forest green towel I laid across the table. Two hours or so later, I had them roughly sorted and looked through.

Cup chain, Swarovski bicones, cloisonne, glass pearls, handcrafted glass, bead wire; this is just a taste! Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Cup chain, Swarovski bicones, cloisonne, glass pearls, handcrafted glass, cat’s eye, bead wire; this is just a taste!
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

There were a lot of good quality beads, some handmade beads, clay beads, fresh water pearls, wood beads, cloisonne beads, gem chips, metal beads, Lucite beads, charms, findings, partially completed projects, some beads I’m not sure what they are, and lots of wire, thread, and other sundries.

These look like Czech fire polished in one of my favorite hues:  Hyacinth.  Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

These look like Czech fire polished in one of my favorite hues: Hyacinth.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

And so, what to do with all these beads?

One stipulation that we have at our Bead Society is that I make an item with some of the beads. Easy. Actually, I already have several projects in mind that I will donate for our regular raffles that we hold at each meeting.

Wow!  Glass pepper beads.  I LOVE pepper beads.  They'll be a part of something fabulous. Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Wow! Glass pepper beads. I LOVE pepper beads. They’ll be a part of something fabulous.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

After all, it would be a nice “thank you” to all the members who donated. You can’t beat that.

Claw beads.  Intriguing. Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Claw beads. Intriguing.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

No, no one lost a tooth.  It's a tooth-shaped bone tooth.  I'll have to put some teeth into the project that will incorporate this one. Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

No, no one lost a tooth. It’s a tooth-shaped bone tooth. I’ll have to put some teeth into the project that will incorporate this one.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

In future blogs, I’ll share with you my creations from these tremendous beads.

Feast your eyes! Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Feast your eyes!
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

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