At Synergy III in Atlanta this month, I attended Jeffrey Lloyd Dever's session where he shared his favorite unconventional materials with us. (Check the link above to see an installation of his charming, biological-ish pieces made of polymer clay and oddball ingredients. At about 2:05 on the video you can see a close-up of the pieces in the wall-mounted display.)
Among the many good tips he provided was how to find beads for a fraction of what you would pay at a bead or craft store.
I remembered his advice today when I was out shopping and enjoying the glorious sunshine.
<<<< And look at my fast, easy, and fun new necklace, made with less than $4 in materials.
So what is it made of?
Bamboo bead placemats that were on sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $2.99 each (and I only used about 1/4 of the beads in one mat). The small turquoise stones were on sale at Michael's for $2.50.
There are 100+ beads in each placemat -- enough to make several pieces of jewelry. Sweet!