From the monthly archives: February 2010

Again, a work in progress, but I wanted somewhere to list all the more fairly traded and ‘ethical’ options in jewellery making (the minefield around those two descriptions is vast and treacherous, but I hope this helps a tiny bit for finding things!) If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

Sidebar: I’ve included places that have some non-vegan items, simply because it’s difficult to find supplies from purely vegan places. As far as I know, the Vegan Bead Shop has yet to open :D

Bamba Beads: This online UK store sells vegetable ivory beads, recycled glass beads, and coconut and seed beads (there’re also some very non-vegan things there, but that’s true of a lot of places).

Happy Mango Beads: An American shop with a multitude of fair-trade, recycled or plant-based beads.

Bead Voodoo: UK-based. A selection of coconut, nut, and seed beads.

Shiana: Sells fair-trade Karen Hill Tribe Thai silver from the US.

Bead Addict: They have a selection of Jabulanil fair-trade beads (supporting African workers) – the link takes you directly to those beads. Based in the UK.

The Place to Bead: A UK source for fair-trade Thai Karen silver.

Hill Tribe Silver: Another UK-based source, with an extensive choice of fair-trade Thai Silver beads and components

Quality Craft Supplies: From the US, environmentally friendly paper products, and recycled silver wire.

Note: these aren’t endorsements!


I finally managed to take pictures in something resembling actual daylight:

A mix of sparkly beads and caned ones (and some that cross the border between sparkly and caned! Gasp!)

More can be seen here:


So many polymer clay beads to photograph, so little time (and so little photographic talent, which is even more of a hurdle).

I’ve gone on a cane making spree lately, mostly because despite all the teeth-gritting, it’s fun to slice the end off a mushed up log of clay and see a tiny picture inside! Another good thing about canes is that reducing them (well, reducing them the way I do it!) makes scrap clay, onto which I can put cane slices – without scrap clay, I have to use pretty colours that end up being hidden by masses of flowers and leaves. Sometime, being in-efficient can be quite efficient.

What else…I have some fun little sparkly hearts up at Big Bead Little Bead, and there’s a kit up there too using some of my beads. Which is nice :D


(This is just an on-going project post)

It’s sometimes kind of difficult to make sure that craft/art supplies are vegan…so, this is something for me to compile when I’m randomly surfing the internet. If you’d like to make a suggestion about products to look into, feel free to comment.

Polymer Clay

Eberhard Faber: Makers of Fimo products. An e-mail from customer service states that these are vegan and not tested on animals; this apparently extends to all Fimo products including varnishes.

Polyform: Sculpey/Premo/SuperSculpey. This quote from their website says they’re free from animal products:

“In addition, all of our products are free of wheat, gluten, sulfur, dairy, nuts, latex and animal by-products, and they are never tested on animals.”

Van Aken: Makers of Katoclay and paints. An e-mail response states that no animal products or by-products are used according to their raw material data sheets, and that to their knowledge, no animal testing is conducted in conjunction with their products.


Specific company policies are below, but things to watch out for with artistic materials are animal hair brushes, certain pigments in paints

Winsor & Newton: artists materials such as paints and inks. They have a handy guide to which of their products contain animal by-products here.

Derwent: artists materials, including pastels and paints. The company will send a list of products containing animal by-products if asked, but lines which ARE free from animal products are: All Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Derwent Graphitint pencils, Derwent Aquatone, Derwent Metallics, Derwent graphitone, Derwent Pastel blocks.

Strathmore: Artist’s papers. They state on their website here that:

We do NOT use any animal products as part of our sizing process. We use plant-based and synthetic sizing.

Fabriano: Artists papers. A quotation from here states that Fabriano Artistico Traditional White Watercolor Paper is:

“synthetically sized both internally and externally so that no animal by-products are used.”

Holbein: Their watercolour paints are:

“Without ox-gall, other animal by-products or other dispersing agents…”


Elmer’s Glue: US manufacturer of glue. From their site:

Elmer’s does not use animals or animal parts to make glue. Our products are made from synthetic materials and are not derived from processing horses, cows or any other animals.

Plaid Products: US makers of Modge Podge, among other things. They state that:

“None of Plaid products contain animal products or by products of animals. None of Plaid products contain food products or by products of food. None of Plaid products are animal tested.”

Jacquard: Paints, inks and powders. According to customer service, the only products that should not be free from animal products/by-products are their waxes, their inkjet sheets, certain brushes and their silks, so everything else is apparently vegan.

Diamond Glaze: A clear adhesive used for many media. Their customer service states that Diamond Glaze is suitable for vegans, and not tested on animals.

Epson Photo Papers: An e-mail response states: “We do not use any animal fats or squid inks in our products,” and a page for this information is currently being set up here regarding the use of animal by-products, although it is under construction. It may be worth confirming this one for yourself if you’re not sure.

Note: this is intended as a guide only, and relies on information provided by the companies. It is not meant to be an endorsement. Information was gathered from Jan 2010 onwards.

Additional Contributers: VeganGurl, Starrlight Jewelry, Sheilah, Veganessa.

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