Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blasts from the Past

Autumn is just around the corner and I can hardly wait! I've decided that it's now my favorite season—nudging ahead of Spring because around here, Spring is a bit too rainy for enjoying the new flowers as much as I'd like. But the Autumn season is wonderful in my area—with lots of sunshine, the leaves changing color, and lovely temperatures for strolling around comfortably in soft sweaters.

Autumn is also my busiest show season and this year I've signed up to do four—yes, FOUR!—craft shows within the next 7 weeks!! EEK!! So I'm trying to build up my bead and jewelry inventory as much as possible, which means digging up some old "recipes" of past popular designs that will compliment my newer ones.

I recently finished up a few sets inspired by this bead I created last year:

Fairy Dust European Charm Bead

And this is one of the new "nuggety" sets with a slightly more Chartreuse tint (which also happens to be one of the Pantone color trends for this Fall):

Green Gossamer Nuggets

As with all silver-laden glass, the results can differ by quite a bit—depending on the way the glass is worked, kiln temperatures, and some say even the phase of the moon! One of my other sets is a little bluer and one is a mix of the two—but they all look so lovely with that inner shimmer that is characteristic of silver glass designs.

And here is another popular past favorite, but using a different silver glass and technique:

Wisteria Waves No. 2

I love the gradated colors ranging from purples, blues and robin egg in the "waves," with rims of a pale brownish olive green. These were some of the hardest beads to capture on camera, and I wish you could see how much prettier and softer looking these are in person. I've just listed them in my Etsy shop and will be making more for my upcoming shows. To me, these totally say "Autumn" and I think I'll have to make a set for myself too! *Ü*

What are you looking forward to for this Fall season?


  1. Autumn has always been my favorite season. I love the beads, especially the last ones! Good luck with all of your craft shows!

  2. I love these beads, they're absolutely gorgeous!! Good luck at your shows, looks like you'll do well!

  3. The waves are adorable, also the Chartreuse ones! Wish you good luck for your shows!
    Greetings, Michi


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