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What are the eggs made of? Beads of anything.

The eggs in my bird nest jewelry are beads, but almost anything of the right size can become a bead, especially if it has a hole in it or if you can drill a hole into it.

One of the things that makes Debnests different is the variety of my bird nest jewelry. I have many different sizes, colors, and materials. Some of the beads I have used to make bird nests are:

Glass: I use round glass beads of many colors ranging from 6mm to 14mm. The birthstone beads are 8mm glass pearls.

Birthstone colors

Glass Beads in Birthstone Colors

Gemstones: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Jade, Jasper, Agate, and Tiger Eye. Some of the stones I use are dyed, such as the popular Turquoise dyed Jasper. Most of the stones are smaller (6mm – 10mm), larger ones could be heavy.

turquoise dyed jasper

5 turquoise dyed jasper beads in antique copper wire

Polymer Clay: I make my own beads from polymer clay and bake them in the oven. These can be of any size or shape because it produces a very light bead. Colors can be mixed, blended, or marbled.

Handmade Polymer Beads

Handmade Polymer Beads

Felt: The felt beads I make myself from wool roving using wet felting techniques.

Handmade Felt Beads

Handmade Felt Beads

Other Beads: Wood, Acrylic, and Ceramic.

Wood Beads

Wood Beads

Which ones do you like best? What else would make a good egg?

If you make beads, don’t miss reading about the beads of courage in the related articles or just go to the Beads of Courage¬†website.

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When even one ounce matters

It seemed like a no-brainer. Of course I should buy the padded envelopes. They were larger and more substantial than the bubble wrap envelopes I was using and they were 11 cents cheaper.

six cents

six cents (Photo credit: katerha)

What I didn’t consider was that the new envelopes were also heavier than the old ones. Postage is determined by weight. My jewelry is light and each package I had previously shipped came under the three ounce limit for the lowest rate. The new cheaper envelope bumped the weight up to the next rate. No, it wasn’t that much, but it did cost me 17 cents more – 6 cents more than I saved by buying the new envelopes.

Now I know to consider the weight of any shipping and packages materials before buying them. At least I only bought 10 and not 100.

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