Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Goldilocks Approach

I just finished working on an article submission, so I haven't posted in a while and thought I'd share some interchangeable ring bead designs I was playing with before my big deadline hit. They ended up in three different sizes and my efforts to make the *perfect* bead reminded me of the tale of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"—so let's see if you agree with my final choice?

This was my first bead made out of black, ivory and shimmery opal-like raised dots. I love it, but I thought it was just a tad bit too small…


This one grew and grew until it became much larger than I had originally intended. It uses black, dark ivory and several layers of silver glass and clear to make the raised dots. I don't normally wear large, bold jewelry, but I kinda dig it—so this one is definitely growing on me…


And this one turned out "just right!" I used black, a gorgeous silvery-gold metallic glass (the rings around the center and below the raised dots), and two other silver glass colors for the raised dots. The size is perfect and I'm definitely going to try this again soon in other color combinations. This photo doesn't show the pretty tealy-blues in the dots very well, but they do have a wonderful inner glow similar to the 2nd ring above—almost like a mood ring…


I bought the ring base and the little silver bead on top screws off so I can change out my beads as I like. But I worry that it's kind of easy to loosen itself while I'm wearing it, so I'm working on some ring base designs of my own made out of PMC and a more secure closure system. I'm hoping to get those and a bunch of beads and other goodies like card sets, soldered pendants, and craft supplies stocked up so I can finally open my Etsy store. My goal is to open it by the end of April or sooner, depending on how smoothly my taxes go for me over the next few weeks (eek!). Wish me luck!!

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