Friday, October 16, 2009

Get Your Credit Card Ready

What? You thought I was kidding about the pay-per-view bead porn?

Listen, people, I have a SERIOUS bead habit that needs to be supported so work with me here.

Oh, and you're also responsible for providing your own drool bibs. I'm not running a charity here ;-)

Sterling silver butterfly charm from Cathy Dailey on Etsy. She really offers a great selection of stuff: Green Girl Studios, Zoa Art, and her own metalwork in silver, bronze and even shibuichi.

She made these silver bead caps, too. And I find her prices to be quite reasonable.

Cute little silver flower link also from Cathy Dailey. I'm picturing this set asymmetrically on the side of a delicate, multi-strand necklace or maybe hanging as a center pendant with dangles coming off the bottom loop.

"Ice Cube" lampwork beads from Kool Kat Klass on Etsy in cheerful shades of pink, yellow, green and white. A friend of mine just made a necklace using a similar set of beads in lavender and aqua with some purple Swaro crystals and silver chain and it is just GORGEOUS. I practially ripped it out of her hand when I saw it LOL! The clear encasing on these beads really gives them a lot of depth and sparkle and then when you add crystals, well, kapow! is all I can say.

I bought a lampwork focal bead a while back in shades of pink, orange white and yellow. Only to realize that I had NO orange beads to go with it. So, I went back to Blue Seraphim on Etsy and grabbed this set of spacers. Don't they look like orange candy?

While I was on her site, I got sucked into buying more of her nugget-style beads. Not only is this aqua-with-iridescence color amazing, but I really like the organic shape of these beads.

More nuggets - in earth tones this time. I did a necklace with a similar set of beads a couple of weeks ago and paired it with antique brass chain and wire and I was really happy with it. And hey, I am not ashamed to take a good idea and run it into the ground ;-)

See? Plus, I thought this was an interesting color mix. It has my favorite aqua and blue colors, but also has some fall-like elements mixed in with the golden yellow and the deep red. Kinda cool.

I was looking ahead to potential Valentine's Day designs when I bought this set of etched disks from HMB Studios on Etsy. Then they arrived and I was...less excited when I saw them in person. NOTHING to do with the beads or vendor. I think my perception just changed. Well, okay, the kidlet changed it for me when he saw the beads on my work table and pronounced "Those look like a BIG owie...all bloody and bruised and stuff."

Thanks, kid.

But, of course, I'd also bought a set of spacers to coordinate with the disks so I'm going to have to get creative and figure out a way to make this work. My original idea for using them in a bracelet (like I've done with past disk beads) is not going to work. I'm going to have to separate these out. Maybe they will be less "owie-looking" if they're not all piled together?

Do you think the rest of the world realizes the terrible design dilemmas that we, as jewelry designers, are forced to contend with on a daily basis?

Makes the whole health care debate kind of pale in significance, doesn't it?

Hope you enjoyed the beads and have a great weekend!



mairedodd said...

i can share one of my fav ways of spreading out discs - contact me! ps - love all of your sellers...

Lorelei said...

you have a SERIOUS problem! even more so than me! and of you course you bought all the things I've favorited. are you stalking my favorites??

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

All of your new treats are knockouts (even the big owies!).

SueBeads said...

Had a very nice time in Cali - weather was HOT and nice! Love your humor!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Beautiful collection! I especially love the silver clay pieces. Could easily see working them into some of my pieces!

Marie Cramp said...

The stones may very well be Mexican Crazy Lace Agate, it seems to me a lot of sellers have different names for the same stones. I just used the name that came with them. ;)


Anonymous said...

you have a SERIOUS problem! even more so than me! and of you course you bought all the things I've favorited. are you stalking my favorites??

- is this sarcasm?

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