Thursday, March 25, 2010

Celebrating Spring with Artbeads

In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. ~Terri Guillemets
Artbeads and I are celebrating Spring together!
That's right, it is time for Blog for Beads again and look at what I have for you this time!
I began this necklace with this stunning Venetian Glass 20mm Zanfirico Millefiori Disc as the focal point. I really wanted to bring out the beautiful gold tones in the glass so next I chose these 8mm Gold-Filled Round Matte Bead and placed them on the sides of the Venetian Glass and along the neckline. The balance of the neck was created with Swarovski Bicones and Amazonite beads. I used seed beads in 3 colors some of which are woven in and some I did in leaf shapes.
Artbeads has a wonderful selection of Venetian glass, Murano Glass and Lampwork beads in beautiful colors and a variety of shapes.
Sometimes when I have a hard time getting the creative juices flowing I just choose a large focal bead and go from there. It is a wonderful way to get beyond any creative block...give it a try!
I have another piece coming soon with more wonderful materials from
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Beading Class

Here are a couple of items from little class I did recently. The top photo is one of my designs that was completed by an 8 year old. The bottom photo was designed and completed in one day by my 19 year old niece.

Sorry I have been away for so long. Our family has had some heavy trials and although they continue things are fairly well in hand, at least for now.
I am very excited about my new program and am desperately trying to get some time to play with it.
Many of you know that I have been working full time at an actual "day job" so that does not lend much of an opportunity to work in the studio. Hopefully now that things have mellowed a bit I can spend more time here. The job ends in June, so please hang in there with me! I have a lot of designs on the drawing board just waiting for the time to devote to getting them done.
I did manage to get some inventory for the jewelry store that is selling my wares fast and furious. I feel very fortunate for that.
The hats have slowed down now, a little trickle ever now and then but I can rest a bit on those for now.