Friday, February 22, 2008
I love how all the materials for this piece just sort of jumped out when I looked around my work table. I think I was looking for more Spring influences with the green tones and the shells bring out some Hawaii sand-on-the-feet feelings.
I have to go find a low-cut shirt for this one...shouldn't be a challenge! Ha ha!
These are actually some of her "orphan" beads, but I gathered them together with some Czech glass discs, bright green seed beads, and cherry agate nuggets and they come together in a perfect bouquet!
While I was in Hawaii, every time we drove down the highway from Kapolei, we passed Leonard's Hot Malasada stand. Finally, we stopped for some of the yummy cinnamon treats and now I'd like to start every day the malasada way!
Instead of fried dough, though, I'm going to go with warm cinnamon jewelry! These chunky free-form bits of quartz and yellow jade are hanging with various mixes of jade, citrine, and mookaite combined with some sterling silver and wood. Just as I couldn't eat just one, I couldn't make just one.
The short one is a choker--about 15 inches long with a toggle clasp. The long one is "nutty" because of the extra nut I added to the bunch in the front.
Thanks to Lauren & Marc for the malasada adventures!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Anyway, a few months ago, while doing my usual browsing for unique beads, I came across the work of Lisa New, a artist who makes glass beads and designs cool jewelry. I immediately fell in love with her cool color combinations...then looked further into the types of glass and the variety of funky shapes and went a little nuts with my bidding. I have a few dozen beads of her beads in my stash, waiting for the perfect project. (Look to the left for a link to her site.)
This afternoon I was working at my table, ogling all my cool things, and wanted to make something quick to wear on a date tonight. I picked out this great one that features blue & purple in funky dots and swirls. I immediately thought of some great aquamarine beads that would bring out the green in the glass. I twisted them all together on some sterling silver wire to create a fun pendant that looks great on a cute purple leather choker. I love it.
Now, I have to get to work with more of her beads. While I was in Hawaii, I picked up some awesome vintage glass beads to mix with them that will make for some really fun pieces!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
This bunch of flower beads grabbed me with the natural textures of bone, shell, and silver that are going to end up being gorgeous all together!
And, this honu (that'd be the turtle) is showing off some very cool Czech glass beads that were personally designed by the shop's owner, Jamie. The color combinations and the patterns on the glass are fun and soothing all at the same time.