Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Phase 1B: Bead Sorting Marathon
As part of Phase One of my my ambitious "Studio Transmogrification," I've gathered all the numerous containers of beads that have been piling around my work area and have started the huge process of sorting through each and every one, getting them organized into usable sets or the Beads of Courage donation pile.
These are all the beads I've been collecting since I first started making them full-time about three years ago—they're the "orphans" that didn't make it into a set because they were too big, too small, the color was slightly off, or it otherwise didn't match up to my exacting standards—because whenever I put together a set, I admit I am pretty nitpicky about making sure every single bead matches the others as closely as possible. They are also the experimental and "just for fun" designs I've played around with, random color testing, and "oops!" designs that didn't turn out like I wanted, but still had good hole ends and no structural flaws. (Because ya never know when you might need that *one* special bead to complete a project, right?! LOL)
I've already spent hours sorting through these random piles and am making some serious headway (including a few "what was I thinking?!?" beads that ended up going directly to the trash can!), but still am only about halfway through the process. *whew!* I was very surprised at how many beads I had accumulated that were enough to make complete sets on their own, even though some were a little less perfectly matched than I usually like to assemble (I've been told that most people aren't nearly as picky as I am, so I'm hoping they'll still be wanted for their lovable handmade qualities?!). These are most of the sets I've put together so far, and next I'm going to start working on more eclectic groups of mixed bead designs, as well as a few "grab bags" that I will offer exclusively from my Facebook Fan Page HERE.
A lot of these unique sets will be coming with me to the Lynnwood Whole Bead Show, May 3-5, but check my Facebook page often over the next few weeks and I promise I'll have some of them and other surprise goodies available there first! Or you're welcome to contact me via email or Facebook message and I can let you know if anything you're interested in will be offered for sale before the show or not?
Now it's off to do more sorting…because the rest of those beads aren't going to magically match up and jump on the wire all by themselves (…but oh, how I wish they could though! LOL) *Ü*