Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tide Pool Treasures

Things have been getting a little crazy for me lately, trying to get ready for the Art & Elegance Show, which is the biggest one of my year where I'll be selling my beads and jewelry—and it's less than two weeks away! EEK!! I feel like I'm still only at around 70% of where I want to be, even though I've been slaving away at the torch for 5+ hours a day for a while now. But making nice beads for me is not a "fast food" type of business and they always seem to take longer than I plan for. And no matter how hard I try, there's just no way to rush my Muse when she doesn't feel like showing up to play! LOL

But slowly and surely, things are starting to come together and I'm hoping by the end of this week, I'll be able to finally breathe and sleep a little easier. I'm focusing on several of my favorite themes, as well as some fun new things and I'll try and share them all with you before everything has to be packed up for the show. So to start things off, here are some new goodies I've been working on for my Beachcomber series…

I starting making these Tide Pool focal beads last year, but recently added a smaller size tile shape and love the way they shimmer just like real water inside!

Tide Pool Focals

These little sea urchins turned out sooooo cute! I've had these designs in my head and have been wanting to make them for quite a long time, but just now got around to actually making them. They're softly etched for a more natural effect and as you can see, I'm having fun playing around with various color combinations…

Sea Urchins

These "Beach Glass Discs" are petite versions of my larger ones that I am planning on turning into neat earring designs. They're inspired by real beach glass that I love to collect on the beach, but hate to drill for jewelry making. And the two Sand Dollar beads are the very first ones I've ever made and they came out much nicer than I expected! They have also been etched to mimic the texture of real Sand Dollar shells. I can totally see these made up into great pendants and charms!

Mini Beach Glass Discs and Sand Dollars

And finally, more of my simple hollow beads inspired by vintage Japanese fishing floats. These are a little smaller than the ones I originally started making and I'm trying out some new colors to coordinate with my other Beachcomber beads…

Fishing Floats

I'm planning on offering most of these designs in eclectic mixed sets, as well as individually to make them as versatile as possible for my customers at the show. I won't be listing any of these in my Etsy shop yet because I need them for my show inventory, but if there's anything you see here that you're just dying to get your hands on, please email me and I'm sure something can be arranged! *Ü*

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Seeing Spots

Oh, boy! I can see I've been remiss in my blogging again lately! GAH!! Can I claim tax season, an upcoming show, the Easter holiday, and getting older as good excuses? LOL I need to go back and fill you in on my recent trip to the Tacoma Museum of Glass, but still need to edit my pics first. In the meantime, here's a few Spotted Leopard European Charm beads I made this week that I'm pretty happy with…

Purple Leopard Charm Bead

Pink Leopard Charm Bead

Aren't they sweet?! They're lined with full-length sterling silver cores by my own two hands and ready to slip onto any of the popular "add-a-bead" charm bracelets like Pandora and Trollbeads. I'm planning on making a variety of other colors and regular bead shapes in Leopard Spots that I think will be really great too! I normally don't work with the brighter end of the color spectrum, but I'm having fun experimenting with shades that are just a bit softer than true primary colors.

I also have some other exciting new bead designs that I've been working on and can't wait to show you as soon as I can get them photographed. So cross your fingers and toes with me and let's see if I can't get my act together and post about them within the next few days, k?

What do you think of these colors? Do they call to the "Girly Girl" in you? *Ü*

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