AVA Beads UK Supplies
Since I launched my first patterns, people have been asking me about AVA Beads UK suppliers. So, I am pleased to announce, that I am now an AVA Beads UK supplier! If you have come across this page because you want to buy some of these beads, I am selling them in packs of 20.
I have a range of colours and this range will be changing over time. So, if you have seen a colour that I don’t currently have in stock, then please email me and I will try to source it for you. If you see the colour that you want, but it is showing as ‘out of stock’, then please place a back order. I will email you with an estimated delivery time. If that doesn’t suit you, you can simply cancel the order and receive a refund. Presuming you are happy to wait, then you will get your AVA beads as soon as they reach me here in the UK.
If you have not previously heard of AVA beads, then this blog should tell you all you need to know. It also includes links to patterns that use them. At the bottom of this page, you will also find some pattern suggestions from me.
We have all come across that same problem. You see a bead colour on your screen and think it looks great. So, you order the beads. Then, your pack arrives and the colour is totally different from what you were expecting. You even wonder if the shop just packed the wrong beads by accident…!
The fact is, between camera settings, lighting and different computer screens, it is very hard to convey the true colour of beads in an online setting. So, if you are trying to colour match and you’re not sure what will work, you can order a sample.
I will send you 1 AVA (enough to check the colour). Your sample also includes a discount code. So, if you come back here and buy some beads from me, use the discount code, then the cost of your free sample, plus £1 (towards postage) will be refunded against your order.
Terms and Conditions
You can redeem your coupon against any beads, so it does not have to be the same as your sample. For example, if you ordered a sample of pearls, but decided they weren’t right. You could still come back and redeem your sample coupon as you buy some seed beads.
The coupon has no expiry date, but you can only use it once. If you have multiple coupons, you can use them all, but you must add each coupon code separately in your basket.
Coupons cannot be used to get a refund against a pattern or kit.
Pricing and Stock
If you are reading this and thinking that a pack of 20 doesn’t sound like many beads, or if you are trying to pick yourself up after looking at the prices, let me explain…!
Most of the shaped seed beads are created by preparing the glass and then using a mold to make the shape. The AVA beads are no exception. The big difference is that the size and shape of the molds means AVAs have to be individually hand-pressed. So, every single bead you buy has been lovingly and skilfully created by an individual in the Czech Republic, not by a machine. It will come as no surprise to you to learn that this takes rather longer and, of course, costs more.
AVA beads are the brainchild of Gianna Zimmermann and are exclusively available through Potomac beads in the USA. This means that my AVA beads UK supply comes from the Czech factories, via the US. Be assured, I am endeavouring to match the price that you would pay direct from Potomac, exchange rates permitting. For this reason, you may find prices change a little in future, or maybe not!
Please note that the production process takes a little longer than for some other beads. I will try to keep as much in stock as possible. But, inevitably lead times for AVA Beads UK stock could be a little longer. If stocks do run out on any colour, I will then prioritise back orders. What I am trying to say is, if you see the beads, you like them and they are in stock, then grab them while you can!
I have made every effort to show the colours as accurately as possible. However, the way in which they appear on your screen may differ slightly from how the look ‘in the flesh’. If you know your beads, you will be familiar with this common issue already.
If you have any questions about the product or the pricing, then do let me know. Feel free to leave a comment or email me privately to discuss. Meantime, enjoy the pattern inspiration below and have fun with your AVA beads!