Thursday, January 31, 2008

Peruvian Bead Challenge - the opinions are in!

Two weeks ago I posted a little challenge about our Peruvian ceramic beads. I asked for 5 customers to let me mail them a package of beads and then for them to email me their opinions and pictures of what they made (if anything) with them. I've now heard from them and here are their comments as well as a picture of the beads that I sent them! I hope you enjoy their comments and it spurs you on to take a second look at these little works of art.

Annita Wilson, Wagoner, OK
"I just completed my project with the Peru Blue & Red Oval beads and I think it turned out quite well. I had some mixed blue "e" beads that had around for a while and they worked great with the color in the oval beads. Click here to see Annita's necklace and earrings. I really liked the beads, the colors were not what I usually gravitate towards but I liked the finished projects. I had a little difficulty deciding how to use them, I'm not used to such large holes in my beads so I had to adjust the size on the beads I used with them.."

Cheryl Verive, Carol Stream, IL
Cheryl was the only respondant who had a specific bead request.
"I really do like to quality of the beads. I think they are well made and a beautiful color blue. I have not had a chance to make anything with them yet. I am up to the challenge though. I know that I would only use the blue beads that I chose, that is mainly why I have not purchased them. The other colors are a little bold and I really do not like them."

Martha Smith, Cincinnati, OH
"Hi, I got my beads today and, to be honest, my first reaction was not a positive one. I was not expecting fish! I had been thinking about getting the beads and what I would make with them when I got them. The fish threw me off. But then I started looking at the colors and details and thought, wow, these could be fun. The colors are vibrant and exciting. I fell in love with the fish I didn't like. I decided these were earrings. I put a small 4 mm yellow Swarovski on the bottom to keep the pin from falling through, one fish, then as bubbles an 8 mm, then a 6 mm and a 3 mm Crystal AB Swarovski. I think they turned out very cute. (Even my husband like them.)"

Othella Morris, Upland, IN
"I just got my beads yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to make something with them yet, but as soon as I saw them, I fell in love. They are beautiful beads, and just what I've been looking for to use on some beaded bookmarks for myself and a few friends. The beads are just the right size and weight for what I've been wanting, and the design is perfect, even in the color combination. I can't wait to take a break from my monstrous homework load this weekend and play with them! Thank you so much for putting on this challenge and introducing me to these beautiful beads. Now that I know what they are, I won't be able to talk myself out of trying them in the future."

Kelly Abbott, Tonawanda, NY
I did share them with my beading partners and they loved them as much as i do. I think they are great and I was going to put them on black leather.

Another added comment is from Jan Mueller Pewaukee, WI. She wasn't part of my challenge, but sent in the following comments on the Peruvian ceramics and gave me permission to post her email:

First let me tell you that I am not at all concerned with not being one of the first 5 to get beads. I had ordered a few prior to reading your blog and I just "had to order more" because I love them so. I thought I could use all the colors in them to bring out in a piece but what I realized is that they look the best being the whole show and anything else being supporting characters. Click here to see Jan's bracelet.

And yet another idea sent in by a customer who bought the Peruvian ceramics. This playful necklace was made by Anna Skeb├Ąck of Gothenburg, Sweden! I was actually in Gothenburg to meet my husband Allen's relatives last year...what a small world!


  1. Annita I love your necklace and earrings. I agree with you, the colors work great.

  2. Hi! My name is Elizabeth; I live in Minnesota. I want everyone to know how wonderful it is to work with EE Beads - stock, purchases, customer service are great. Now I think it's great to read beader reviews of products! I love the fish beads!! Have a great day everyone! Peace, Elizabeth

  3. I left an early comment on the Peruvian bead post/challenge, but never received the beads!Did you just pick 5 people at

  4. People had to email me to be in the challenge and then I picked the first five people to email me. Sorry you didn't make it, but look for other challenges in the future.

  5. I'm disappointed that some of the folks who wanted the beads and entered the challenge did not have the time to do anything with them. The 2 examples really show off the beads and serve to excite this fellow beader with new possibilities. The contest is a great idea!

  6. The customers didn't have a lot of time to make something. One person only got her beads the day before I asked for their opinions to be emailed back to me. All my fault. Next time I'll give the participants more time!

  7. Hi from Judy in BC, Canada.....I have ordered several beads from EE Beads and can't tell you enough how thrilled I am with their products. I'm currently waiting for an order any day now! I can't wait to get my hands on them and bead, bead, bead!! I have not ordered peruvian beads in the past but looking at what was made from the challenge and the beads Carolyn sent I will add them to my "want" list.

  8. Years ago I bought those great little Peruvian fish!
    I love them! They were part of a neklace I kept for myself and always get great comments when I wear it.

    Later I got around to making the Peruvian sprite, fairies and angels into a necklace that someone commissioned as a gift. Now that the gift's been given, I'll post the necklace on my blog.

    These are really unique beads, and just think of the care that goes into each one!

  9. I love these beads especially the mixture of fish and starfish as well as the butterflies. I have used them to make bookmarks and as necklaces. I varied the colors and used sparkling seedbeads white and silver between them. I've received many compliments on them because they can be worn with all colors. Please keep them in stock. They will be great gifts as bookmarks and bracelet and necklaces sets as well as earrings. Thanks for having them. Paula from Ma.