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I just received my newest order of recycled glass beads from Indonesia this week and they are stunning! I tried some new bright colors for spring: hot pink, electric blue, bright teal. I also went for softer neutrals like black, blush pink, frosty clear. I also tried some new shapes and sizes. The photo above, taken in direct sunlight, shows how the beads can really shimmer!

Should you import supplies?

I purchased these beads directly from a small Indonesian owned company in western Java. I decided to import for two reasons: the price is significantly less expensive and the selection is amazing. The major drawbacks to importing directly are the wait (two weeks production time and 1 1/2 weeks shipping time); the high wholesale minimums (10 strand minimum per each type/color of bead); and the high shipping costs (which usually doubles the original price of the beads). After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to buy direct. I will mow be selling at craft shows this year and I will more than likely use this large lot (68 strands!) of beads. The company I work with is Kreasi Bali:

http://www.kreasibali.com/

I also import Hill Tribes silver directly from Thailand. I work with a small company based in Chiang Mai, Asia Charisma, that I discovered on one of my trips to Thailand. As with the Indonesian beads, the prices are significantly lower (which then allows me to keep my prices lower) than purchasing here in the United States. Thai post also usually has a flat-rate for international shipping. Here is a link to Asia Charisma’s website:

http://asia-charisma.net/

I do not import all of my supplies. For my leather, I have a wonderful distributor, Leather Cord USA, that has that a fantastic selection and super quick shipping. I also order my African Trade Beads from two different vendors here in the United States. I do not use as many of these beads as I do the ones from Indonesia, so it would not be cost effective for me to import such a small shipment.

Here are two Betty Bracelets created with my newest beads:

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Waimea Wahine

This flirty little stacking bracelet is extra feminine with hot fuchsia beads! The vibrant pink color is a perfect complement to the dainty hibiscus toggle. The entire listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/77525100/macrame-leather-bracelet-hot-pink

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Waipo Valley

This bold statement bracelet is even more stunning with these super chunky black beads and retro butterfly toggle! More details can be seen here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/106110328/woven-leather-bracelet-black-butterfly?ref=v1_other_2

Do you order your supplies from one source, or have you acquired a varied selection of distributors? Have you considered importing directly? If you use unique supplies (like my recycled glass beads), this may be a cost-effective alternative for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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