Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bead Porn

I wrote in a previous post that I am donating 75 bracelets to the Rare Project Organization, as part of the 7000 Bracelets of Hope Campaign.  You can read about my post here.  I commissioned the very talented Sue Kennedy (Sue Beads) to make me 50 sets of lampwork beads in shades of blues and greens.  Here are some of her lovely, drool-worthy bead sets that I am working with:

The lentils in the front of my photo are drop dead gorgeous!

Each of the bracelets are adjustable, which kind of limits my ability to use some of the gorgeous toggles that I have in my stash.  I am using a length of chain and either a handmade hook or S-type clasp, or a lobster clasp.  It was also requested that I include a charm on each bracelet - some say "hope", some say "faith", and others say "believe". 

I am about 3/4 of the way complete.  I would say that about 70% of the bracelets made are in sterling silver, and the others are in antique bronze.  I only have one copper bracelet!  I have had a terrible time finding copper charms, and my O.C.D. will not allow me to put a silver or pewter charm on a copper bracelet!  I must get past this dilemma.

When I need a break from the blue, I buy beads in other colors, too!  Such as these beauties:

These are definitely NOT blue....LOVE THESE!
The black and white beauties above are from Pebbledreams on Etsy.  The lovely and extremely talented Lesley Watt posts her jewelry on Facebook and always share her wonderful sources.  I have been buying more and more beads from Great Britain lately!  Thank  you, Lesley!

The next three pictures are of beads I purchased from GlassBeadArt on etsy.  Maryse lives in Luxembourg.  I found her through the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party (thank you Lori Anderson!) 

Gorgeous southwestern colors!

These are stunners!  Love the earth tones here!
I call these Cotton Candy - such a soft pink --- with icing!
I saved the best bead picture for last - these are truly a work of art!  They are also from GlassBeadArt.

I cannot describe how beautiful the blue glass shines through on these beads!  I bought a pair a while ago, made a simple pair of earrings (I wanted the beads to shine!), and they sold on Etsy in 2 days!  They are that beautiful!  I like the beads so much that I bought some more!

Well, back to my bracelets!  Have you bought any beautiful beads lately?  I love to find new sources!

Thanks so much for stopping by!