I have recently visited the 'bead shops street' in my city, and unconsciously (!) bought an assortment of faux pearls without have any project in mind - bad shopping habit. Since faux pearls were hot last year, the stores have stocks of them in many shades and sizes. Best of all, they got both glass ones and much cheaper plastic ones, which are just great for beginners like me
I got beads in black, grays, and shades between purple and wine to build my stash.
Here is my first attempt of using faux pearls. I teamed them up with plastic beads and made a necklace with matching earrings:
Action shot: (sorry for bad picture quality!)
They came out a bit too dressy for my wardrobe - maybe I shall make a replica with glass pearls and crystals for dressy occassions when my skills improve... All C&C are welcomed.
Random 'those were the days' rambling: When I was a kid my mom 'sub-contracted' packaging work from the factory, like many housewives did in the 80s. Once my home featured huge packs of 4mm dazzling white faux pearls to be made into smaller packages, and pearls came out from everywhere when we swept the floor. We even made tools from plastic rulers that picked up 30 beads at a time. The price tag showed that they were to be exported to the US for $0.90 per package - maybe that's why after a short period we got no more pearls from the factory and were instead sticking labels on shoelaces...