Not often I get the chance to wander about in a bead shop that sells quality beads from brands like Toho and Miyuki and Czech glass beads but last month I visited a couple in Holland. I’m very grateful that I can order beads online these days but I can make a much better choice when I can actually see the beads. My eyes fell on the wonderful Pip beads that I used in this pendant which I would never have bought if I hadn’t seen them first.I also purchased a couple of Luna Soft cabochons (a cabochon or cab can be used as the centerpiece of a work), one of which I used in the pendant. I had already spotted them on the internet and immediately loved them without seeing them for real. Like Miracle beads they have a fantastic mysterious shine to them. Want more of those, want, want!
As I don’t like the V-shape of necklaces with a pendant, I was looking for a chain that was sturdy enough to carry the pendant but keep a round form at the same time. Then in Portugal I saw the cord that you can see in the picture. It’s made out of cork. There are about 2,200,200 hectares of cork forest worldwide of which 34% is in Portugal. No wonder the Portuguese use it a lot. For instance for making shoes, hats, clothes, bags and belts. It’s an environmentally friendly and versatile product, very strong and lovely to feel and look at.