Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Orphans and Glass Bead Art

I have many, many orphans...beads that is.  Sometimes I only use 5 of 6 beads in a set and I am left with that one lonely bead.  What to do?  

I combine them to make one really cool piece of jewelry!

I have purchased MANY sets of these gorgeous beads from Maryse Fritzch-Thillens of GlassBeadArt on Etsy.  Many.  I first found her shop through one of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party Hops (thank Lori!), and she lives in Luxembourg.

Photo Source: GlassBeadArt on Etsy

These beads are absolutely fascinating!  Now I am not a lampwork artist.  So, my description of how the beads are made is cryptic at best.  But, they start out with a rustic base - like something in my mind's eye that comes from Middle Earth.  Then she wraps this layer of rock crystal color on top and BAM - instant gemstone!  Well, that's how I describe them!

I had more than a handful of orphans from pretty much most of the colors that she offers.  So I made one heck of a long necklace....37" long to be exact.

Yes - a link from Cindy Wimmer's book, the Missing Link!  In the book, Kerry Bogert used this link to make fabulous earrings (I have already done that!). This time, I used them as alternating links between the wrapped beads for the necklace. 

I oxidized the sterling silver, and I swear, it took almost as much time to hand buff this piece as it did to make it! :)

But the beauty in its length is that it can be worn long...

Or doubled up for a short, two strand look.

I am so grateful to the bead artists whose blood sweat and tears allow me to create!  Thank you Maryse!

Maryse's shop can be found by clicking here

On another note, it is frigid in Northern Virginia today - blustery and cold and I am happy!  :)

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The beautiful work of Jeannie Dukic

A couple of weeks ago, I was gifted some lovely polymer clay beads by artist Jeannie Dukic.  All proceeds from the sale of the jewelry made with these beads will be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that is very dear to my heart.

Well, I have made a bit of progress with these lovelies!  First up, these polymer beads are from Jeannie's new line called Polarity. Look at that shine and intense color!

I went all out on these - I had only four Karen Hills Tribe handmade silver barrel beads.  These are so nifty - there is a dimple on each side of the hole of the barrel, so any beads you add snuggle up next to the silver.

Love, love, love this bracelet!

Next up, these incredible little charms.

You would really think that these are antiqued copper - but they are clay and so darn incredibly lightweight!  Though I could have easily slapped a jump ring on these babies and hung them from ear wires, they needed something different.  I wanted a mixed metal look.  So, I made a hoop of sterling silver, and wrapped it together to create a frame for those most awesome charms.

I oxidized the silver first - buffed and tumbled, and then added the charm.  I just LOVE these!  They are large enough to create a statement for your ears without the weight! Win/Win!

Last up is this set of Jeannie's Polarity Beads - again...faux lampwork!!

Purple, Pink, Green, and specs of gold - so pretty!  My eye goes right to the purple, so I paired them with some faceted Amethyst that I have been hoarding for at least 4 years now.  I have a whole strand of them - must.use.stash.!

I added sterling silver bead caps and a single Bali bead to the mix.

Thank you again, Jeannie, for your incredible generosity!

Have you visited Jeannie's shop lately???   If not - click here now!  So much awesomeness....so little time!

By the way jewelry designers - Jeannie' is having a give away on her blog - go now to enter!

I would also like to take a moment to thank all the Veteran's and their families for their service - I would not be here today without them...so Thank You and be safe!

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