Welcome to part II of our blog series. If you haven’t read the first part, A New Hope, go do it now!
Having seen the town and structures, the adventure moved forward to beads and other fashion jewelry components. As it turns out, the two countries aren’t that different after all. They still have a core foundation of beading and fashion jewelry makers who live for all sorts of beads, stones, pendants, and other jewelry components. In fact, the similarities started to become noticeable in other aspects of the trip. We even saw a Chinese Papa John’s and McDonalds, complete with Chinese Big Macs!
As the trip progressed, we started noticing some of the weirder, different things that we hadn’t really seen before. Check out some of food and sights that really caught our eye…
We saw some huge beads that were as big as our hands, and some large natural stones that stood up to the torso! We encountered more of the piles upon piles of wholesale beads in countless bags. It almost looked like you could swim in them, hah!
Even though we did see a lot of interesting new sights in China, we still think that there is more in common with the two countries than most people realize. Regardless of the differences, we can appreciate that we share a common interest in expressing the beauty of our surroundings and releasing the creative visions via crafting jewelry and beading. At the end of the day, we all just want to whip out our beading supplies and tools and pour ourselves into the craft, whether we’re making ornate necklaces out of cracked glass beads, or just a simple piece from some jade beads. Beaders of the world, assemble! Thanks for checking out our post, and if you like it, feel free to leave us a nice comment!
Our last installment in our Brazos in China series will be coming soon, complete with even more pictures and videos. Next time, we’ll be focusing on the people we encountered and some of the finished and stringed bead pieces that we found. Until then, have a great day and don’t forget to sign up for the free beading classes this Saturday before the spots fill up.