I have had some fun with some beautiful artisan beads!. First up, this sterling silver wire-wrapped bracelet with the most fascinating beads by Lori Lochner! These are my favorite colors - turquoise, teal, blue, plum...yummy!!
Next, I took a cue from the Pantone Color of the Year - Tangerine Tango - and made a beautiful, sunny bracelet with torch fired enameled glass beads by Sally Russick! I was in luck to remember that I had this gorgeous, orange enameled vintaj toggle clasp by Anne Gardanne...this is probably the most comfortable bracelet I have ever tried on!
I also had fun with beads by one of my favorite glass makers, Sue Beads. She made these stunningly deep green baroque-style beads, which I wire wrapped with a Green Girls Studio Pewter Flower Cross to make this bracelet:
I had ordered a bunch of porcelain charms from Marla James just because I though they were beautiful! I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to make with them. But, I lucked out and found a vintage resin necklace in my stash, took it apart, and the resin beads look exactly like wooden beads. I though it was a perfect match! The porcelain has the sweetest splash of light blue in the glaze.
More earrings with porcelain charms from Marla James - this time with some sodalite gemstones wire wrapped to the charm:
The last pair of earrings features one more set of Marla's charms, but this time, I paired them with some beads (leftovers from a bracelet, below) from a bead set by Gaea. I mentioned on facebook that I would swear that the beads and the charms were glazed from the same paint chip - another perfect match!
All of the earrings above have gorgeous, solid copper ear wires that I picked up from Melina Orr during the Craft Fair late in the fall of 2011, held by Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.
Last but not least, I made this pretty bracelet using these sweet, ceramic beads by Gaea, and some more vintage resin beads from another necklace I had on hand.
Well, that is what I have been up to this past week!
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