Yesterday I drove down to America to attend the grand opening of a Trollbeads store at a mall in Michigan, just north of Detroit. The reason I drove the 5 hour round trip was to see Scott Bouwens, who designed the Rocky Beach Kit. You can read all about his work on his website here.  He was demonstrating how to make glass beads and explained how the process works. There were also goodie bags for the first 25 people to arrive (that included a travel case and bead!), drinks, food and lots of beads to look at. The store has the coolest moss walls and beautiful displays. We really need one of these stores in my city, ha ha! One of the most fun parts of the day was being able to chat with other bead collectors!

Here’s what I wore to the event-my bedazzled Doc Martens (ha ha ha!), a bangle, the Ring of Change and a full bracelet. I wanted to use the full Rocky Beach Kit of course!

Here are a couple of photos of Scott making beads. It was so interesting to see the glass melted and pulled into stringers which he then would use to place little dots of glass on the bead. It was also neat to see the silver leaf be incorporated into the melted glass.

I only bought one bead, a Neptune’s Promise, but it’s quite gorgeous. What fun to be at my first (but hopefully not last) bead event! I hope these pictures give you a feel for what it was like to be there!


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