Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beaded Beads

I've been wanting to try beaded beads for several months. I hadn't gotten around to doing so. Yesterday afternoon I decided to give it a whirl! SO excited how they turned out!
I used (roughly 4x5mm) blue/dark aqua rice pearls and 11/0 olive green silver lined seed beads. In the center a grey/metallic disc ball bead sits.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shell Days!

I think I am obsessed with drilling shells! I went and purchased several other large shells. I have them soaking in water to make the drilling process somewhat easier. I love creating pieces from them and the polyclay faces! Pippi has a seahorse tutorial in the works and I can not wait until she has it done so I can incorporate them with the shell designs!

I'm also thrilled because I have been accepted into the Oktoberfest on Oct. 4, 2009! Excellent! Now I have to get in gear and make more pieces!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Calypso's Flowering

Once I make a piece a typically have a bunch of ideas to use some of the same materials and techniques. In this case, obsession with sea shells! So after Posidon's Daughter, I've made Calypso's Flowering.

Poly clay, copper,pressed Czech glass leaves, seed beads, faceted Czech fire polished beads, teardrop stone (not sure what the stone is. If anyone can identify that would be great!). And of course a sea shell as the base.
It measures approximately 4 inches from bail to end of the drop.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Posidon's Daughter

I felt inspired to do a piece while sitting in the bead shop with my beading friends on Friday. After looking through my vacation pictures I wanted to do something in regards to the beach and sand and romance. I was originally going for a pendent. It turned into a much LARGER neck plate instead! I like it though. Just need to add a few jump rings and a chain.
copper, shells, more shell, cat's eye, seed beads, peach aventerine chips, red agate chips, arrogonite chips

Sunday, August 9, 2009

St. Croix Vacation- return from paradise! :(

Hello all. I am now back in town after 1 month- yes 1 complete month off on vacation to see my honey in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands! I had an excellent time!!! I have so many pictures to share as well. I will post a few here and the rest will be over on my photo blog in a few days. I so did not want to come back! The down side- there were absolutely NO BEAD stores on the entire island!!!! I found one craft/ frame shop that had a very very very tiny set of seed beads and that was it! I nearly died from bead and gemstone withdrawal!!

I can not wait until he comes here and then I go back there. Christmas would be lovely in St. Croix! Maybe!! How awesome would that be!!!!