I’ve always been a bit of a bower bird – collecting lots of curious things ever since my very early forays into antique hunting with my father. I guess it is a habit handed down – my parent’s place is a bit like a museum with all their collections on display.
I’ve collected lots of interesting little things over the past few years that I would love to put into a cabinet. For now they are in what I call my curiosity window. This is what I look at when I do my jewellery making:
I do want a proper cabinet for these little treasures as there are lots more things in boxes that need to come out – eggs, beach finds, old papers and so on.
I found a great haul of antique cut steel beads the other day. There are heaps and heaps of beads here. They are fairly scarce and a bit pricey if you but them in small quantities. I was lucky enough to find a length of fringe made from the beads and also some whole, unused hanks. They will keep me going for a while, as well as a new lot of beautiful beads and pearls…some of which are shown here.