Simple pendants on a black cord are easily my best seller at shows. I usually make these as heart shaped swirlies, a fun technique that uses up my scraps and pieces. This season I’ve been refining the shapes of these to make them more contemporary and incorporate other shapes. One was a bevel edged square shape that resembles fused glass ’tiles’ I’ve picked up over the years.
The hearts themselves are a little thinner and quirkier instead of my puffy, round ones. I think I’ve just been in a quirkier mood heading out of 2008.
A little at least.
I popped a full tray in the oven today (then into the ice water), all good stuff. Some of it, like the little brown pillow and round beads are new batches of items that sold out. There’s a single set of experimental lentil ones nestled in there, too.
See, what got me thinking of lentils was all the swirly lentils. Then thinking I wanted speedier swirly lentils. So I made some of those – the technique will need some work and the beads need their pretty finishing. Then THAT got me back to the regular caned beads as lentils.
Circular thinking at it’s best. No wonder I like beads.
A friend scolds us when we call our cane ends, bad slices and sheet leftovers scraps. She calls them remnants. I’m not sure it’ll change my habit but here’s some of my cleaned-off-my-desk beads:
Flickr will show you much larger versions if you click on through. The green / pink / gold ones are Natashas that I rounded the edges on and I have a half vision of an odd bracelet with those. The rest… I’m not exactly sure. I have so many more cane ends though and it was either toss them in the mud bucket or make scrap.. er .. remnant beads out of them. I hope by the time I process the pile I’ll have some inspiration.
These are heading for their dance in the tumbler! Maybe inspiration will visit while they get smooth and shiny.