Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Maryland Bead Shop Review - The Twisted Bead

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting The Twisted Bead in Edgewater Maryland.  They have been in business since 2010, but this is the first time that I have gotten a chance to visit. My friend Devolyn and I took a few hours off at lunchtime and headed to Anne Arundel County.

This delightful shop has many unique beads, including gemstones, pearls, Swarovski crystals, and wire and tools of all kinds. They also carry Venetian glass beads, amber, Green Girl Studios beads and pendants, seed beads and findings in many metal colors.

My favorite part of the store is the huge variety of beads that you can buy as single beads, or in a pair for making earrings. I make a lot of earrings, so it was great to have such a large selection of beads to purchase to make earrings instead of having to buy a whole strand of beads and then having a lot of leftovers.

Here is part of the items that I purchased, as you can see there are a lot of single beads that will be made into earrings.

Bead Stash from The Twisted Bead
Michele was especially helpful while we perused every nook and cranny in the store. One strand of beads that I could not resist were the mini turquoise nuggets in the upper right hand corner. And check out the Venetian glass tube directly to the left. The colors are hard to see, but it is black, gold and olivine. I am still mulling around in my head what I want to do with it, some sort of necklace, I believe.

Here's a pair of Venetian glass beads that I bought there and paired with Swarovski Emerald 2XAB crystals and copper spacer beads and earwires. They were recently listed in my CatjuHandmadeJewelry Etsy shop and are available for purchase

Teal Blue Venetian Glass and Copper Earrings by Kathy Reading
Devolyn found a fabulous strand of green Kyanite needle sticks. I've seen lots of blue Kyanite, but this is the first time that I have seen green. Devolyn made me a pair of earrings, look at their beauty. Needle sticks are often problematic on how to get them to lay correctly. Devolyn's design is just perfect!

Green Kyanite Needle Stick Earrings by Devolyn
If you are looking for something unique, head down to Edgewater to The Twisted Bead. Or you can visit their website for some of the 6,000 items they have for sale.





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