Friday, July 30, 2010

Bead Porn Costs

Anyone have ideas on how to turn this into a "pay-per-view" bead porn site? Because I had to completely replace the ignition cylinder in my car (along with a few other minor repairs) and boy did that make a dent in the ol' savings account. It's a good thing I've got about 6 weeks worth of back-up on the bead porn posting AND that I got a bunch of orders for resin beads (from as far away as France and Australia of all places) this week, or else the porn posting (not to mention my trip to tomorrow's bead show) was likely to be pretty darn thin.

At least I have my car back and, for now, it's running.

And now, some fun news to share (and heaven knows I need some fun news after paying that mechanic's bill this morning!): a couple of my items have made it into Etsy treasuries this week!

My "Dandelion Wine" necklace that is in the most recent issue of "Creative Jewelry" made it into this treasury.

Also, my "Sunfire" bracelet made it into a really great treasury that features charm bracelets.




Beautifully patinated in teal, these brass fleur-de-lis charms are from Patina Queen.












A while back, I bought some violet-patinated chain from MissFickleMedia so of course, I needed the toggle to match.





Same story with this white toggle. I'd originally planned to use this and the white chain and links in my "Nautical Menagerie" necklace, but that design ended going more brass and gold and these pieces are copper based. Not to worry, though, I've got more good plans for 'em!





I'm pretty sure this lovely soot-black chain (along with the matching links and toggle I just bought from Shannon last week) are going to go with those etched copper green and black lampwork beads that I posted in last Friday's bead porn. At least...that's the plan for now.




I just love the crusty, rusty look to this and the perfect shade of blue!




Same with these - they totally look like something you'd find on the docks at an old shipyard.





And then there's these lovely sections of patinated triple links. Yumm-o!






I know, but how could I resist something called "Persian Indigo Blue?" I maintain that it's just not possible.








This lovely pewter and resin connector is from Lynn Davis.







And it's double-sided, too!





More carved stone flowers - this time in aqua quartz.





Such pretty colors on thise Czech glass rondelles. I've already used these in a design that I'll be posting about next week.







This is spiny oyster with turquoise embedded into it. I just thought it was kind of unusual and fun.







And the colors are great, too, so I got two different shapes and sizes. All of the stone and glass items listed above came from UncommonBeads.







I've become a big fan of MenagerieStudio and when I saw this black and pink heart design, I just had to have it. I know it's going to look great with one of my hot pink and black French fleur-de-lis or heart resin beads. Can't wait to put that together!







On this one, I made my usual mistake of not checking out the size before I bought it and it's rather larger than I was expecting, but still soooo pretty. I may have to think a bit harder before I figure out what to do with it, but in the meantime, I'm happy to hoard it away for a while!







I'm always on the lookout for great filler or "secondary" beads. Something has to provide the backdrop for art beads after all. I thought these cute, square porcelain beads would be perfect for that.





So, I got some in yellow, too.








Ummm...and green. They all come from ExcellentGem.






I found this stunning purple, blue, silver and copper raku ceramic heart pendant at ElementsPottery. I just thought the colors on it were truly outstanding.






And then I found this ceramic floral pendant in the same shop. I fell in love with the deep mossy green and that hot touch of lavender color. I love finding really unique pieces like this that I haven't seen anywhere else.







Fun and summery lampwork with an etched focal from IMakeBeads.







These sets were so cute and she had such reasonable prices on them - I had to get both. I particularly like the little touch of black stringer work that gives a sense of motion and really makes the other colors pop.





More fairy skirt beads from MermaidGlass. I've already made a design with the purple/teal set I bought a while ago and will post about it next week. I'm having a hard time not buying up these babies in every color combo she lists!







Doesn't Kelley Wenzel make some of the cutest beads ever? I just love the nugget shape and the deliciously sugary and yummy looking colors on these nuggets!





She took a break from her never-ending glass egg production process to make this yummy raku set, too. Such incredible fire and sunset colors! It almost makes me overlook the fact that she doesn't spell Kelley the right way.

Almost ;-)

Have a great weekend and wish me luck as I try to exercise restraint at tomorrow's bead show. Otherwise, it's cat food for dinner next week!

KJ


12 comments:

Nicki said...

I know it is a stupid question, and I am following your blog sicne a while already. But I need to ask it: are you really buying all of those beads or are you just "advertising"? If you are buying them, it would make me feel better :)

Mary Newton Designs said...

Wow! Been doing a little shopping?:)
Congratulations on the treasuries and I love your latest resin charms!

Cynthia said...

I love (I mean LOVE) the spiny oyster beads. The color is so cool. And I really like (I mean REALLY like) the raku flower pendant. You sure find the best stuff.
Sorry to hear about your car. But don't let a little set back stop you from having fun at the bead show!! Enjoy!!

TesoriTrovati said...

Because of you...I placed my first order with GemmeTresor. Just went a little random nuts. No time to play or to pimp them like you do, but I got some things I have never seen before. Now I have to go and find Uncommon Beads and that new pottery place. Are you sure you can incentivize (obviously not a word!) these companies that you pimp for free of charge? At the very least they should be sending you swag for all the business you must be sending their way. Just a thought... Enjoy the day!
Erin

Mermaid Glass said...

I'm sorry about your car! That stinks but at least you were able to get it fixed.

I love all the pretties, too. I really like all the patinated metal pieces. Very fun!

Barbara Bechtel said...

Beautiful beads kj! i am such a sucker for faceted czech. it's my favorite of all. i love the spiny oyster too....i'm going to have to check into that.

Marie Cramp said...

WOW! What a fantastic combo of beads! I just love all the colours and textures!! You must have a great job!! I could not afford to get the volume of beads I see you post every week! {but I can dream} I absolutely LOVE the Dandylion Wine Necklace!! Great job on that one :)
Have fun at the bead show!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

most beautiful beads....you find the best stuff! I love your necklace, just lovely!

Tara P. said...

I had to buy some of those fairy skirts today and I can't wait to get my hands on them! Thanks for showing them last week!

Pretty Things said...

MMMMMM! J'adore! They're all really great!

Courtney said...

Well my clicks should help pay for something! Hear ya on the car - just dropped $3500 between our two. Blech.

kelleysbeads said...

Thanks for buying my nuggets & raku beads KJ. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them, although I know you like to hoard your beads and wait months/years for them to speak to you. I will wait. I will still be here :)

And my mother doomed me for life, ensuring I would forever have to spell my name for others!


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