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Monday, September 7, 2009

100 hearts, 100 delicas and 100 pounds of gold but... avoid ball point pens

Today I reached my 100th Etsy heart. 100th ‘event’s’ are often celebrated. For instance, The New York Times published a five-part series on US President Obama’s 100th day in office (29th April 2009), the famed jewellery design house of Cartier celebrated its 100th year this year by putting some of its most famous pieces on display (including Elizabeth Tayler’s LaPeregina Pearl – pictured left) and every 100th year a new century begins. Contemplating centenaries and other 100ths in life I was horrified to find out that approximately 100 people choke to death on ball point pends each year, perplexed to find that there is a pop song called 99 Bottles of Beer that paradoxically has 100 verses and amazed to learn that wolves are capable of covering 100 miles in a single day. As a beader, these facts are interesting but not immediately helpful to my next beading project. It might be more useful for me to remember that there are nearly 100 Size 11 Delica beads in 0.5 grams, Delica bead number 100 is a lovely transparent light amber and 100 Delica beads are approximately 5 inches wide. Tiny glass Delica seed beads from Japan are one of my favourite beads to weave with. Whilst, they are more expensive to buy than other types of seed beads, they are well worth it for the lovely finish they give. Mind you, when I say expensive, the cost of the bead is relative. The last Aztec Emperor, Moctezuma, reportedly gave the Spanish conquerer Hernán Cortés three jade beads each worth 100 pounds of gold. Puts Delica prices in perspective a little!



Krafty Max Originals said...

congrats and great article!! love'd it!!

Ginja Girl Designs said...

Congratulations on your 100 hearts!
Love the article, a great read!!

Foxan said...

This is a great post, Glenda! Many interesting facts, well written, fun to read!

Congrats on your first 100!

Rachele said...

What a great article, some very interesting tidbits of info. Thanks for sharing!!

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Wonderful reading and a great way to celebrate your 100th heart. Congratulations. Somehow I missed that moment in my shop. I was in the nineties and then suddenly, at104! Here's hoping the next 100 bring you joy.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Congrats on your 100 - and those were some really interesting facts!

BeadsForever said...

A very interesting read. Congrats on the 100 hearts! May they all convert to sales.

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