Sometimes I actually make things other than beads with the canes. Sometimes I make things with the beads. Of course, that’s usually right before shows but that’s the way it goes.
Marbly brown and pearl and gold beads wire wrapped the way I do a lot of my pieces.
Green caned beads on brass wire.
The prototype for a pen tray in ‘boy’ colours. I say boy colours because the boyfriend asked, mostly in fun, why I had all flowers. So here we go, brown tiles.
The last pieces are earrings on silver wire. Simple but it works.
A long time ago when I first started with clay, I made beads to use in my jewelrymaking. Once clay had me in it’s grip I made jewelry to showcase my clay beads.
I’ve been enjoying a spot of jewelrymaking this month though. Most of it will go to my fall shows and it’s been a fun trip preparing. One of my challenges was figuring out some uses for pillow shaped beads. These are a bead shape I had never really used in my own creations and that I had only begun to make at the request of customers. I’m having fun now though!
There’s other things than pillow bead creations of course – I used a few older beads of mine to make silly cake earrings, bookmarks and some new, sweet roses to make bouquets for your ears and wrist.
And a fellow blogger (and super talented beadmaker) had a very good idea for how to display earrings at shows. Take a peek.
I sliced a finger up so was putting off diving into the ton of mixed clay blends I have while it heals. Instead, I went and dug through the tub I keep my swap items in. Buried in there were two sweet strands of beads – one by Muriel from PCC and another by Bob Wiley of Faux Wood fame – from a swap hosted by Rebecca Wells a few years ago.
The faux wood beads were simply restrung on black stretch cord for myself – it’s a super change from flowers. The ‘scope beads were wired up. I’m not sure where they’ll end up! But what fun!
On a side note, this is the 100th post on this blog!