Finding the right beads
December 17, 2011 1:11 PM   Subscribe

I want to buy some craft beads for a friend in the USA (I'm in the UK), but don't know the exact type of beads she uses, or where's best to buy them from, and I don't want to ask her directly as it's a surprise.

She uses them to make crystal gem trees like this one. Can anyone identify the right sort of beads, and a good place to order them from?
posted by emc to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: A good source that everyone is going to recommend is Fire Mountain Gems. Those look like Czech glass teardrops to me.
posted by MexicanYenta at 1:24 PM on December 17, 2011

Ask her for advice. "Hey, another friend of mine wanted to make a gem tree like yours, what beads do they need?"
posted by bunderful at 1:34 PM on December 17, 2011

Maybe your question is answered, but your gem tree link doesn't work (for me, at least.) My daughter works in a bead shop so if you have more questions you're welcome to email me (it's in my profile). Fire Mountain are good but not inexpensive.
posted by anadem at 2:01 PM on December 17, 2011

Your link doesn't work for me either.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:29 PM on December 17, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks for the responses - have gone via Fire Mountain Gems :)
posted by emc at 11:18 AM on December 18, 2011

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