Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Beading

Preparing an old house over the summer, between work, is a really tough thing to do! Between the painting, priming, sanding, chiseling, nailing, moving, weeding, and general disarray, the beads get pushed away. I even went to a bead show over my lunch break last week and haven't even had the time to look at them and marvel in their awesomeness!

However, before things got displaced and relocated to boxes, I was able to make several summer inspired items. The idea was to stick to bright colors seen in the summer months. Summer is pretty short in upstate New York, so I try to soak it in while it lasts!

These tanzanite earrings remind me of some beautiful perennials growing in my back yard. I'm not sure what they're called, but they are long stalks with graceful little bell-shaped purple flowers. The flower looks like a very delicate version of a lilac mixed with an inverted tulip. These earrings are made with Swarovski crystal teardrop pendants and bicones.

These sweet earrings are a combination of lucite flowers, czech glass leaves, and Swarovski crystal.

My addiction to seed beads prevails! While most of these beads are already part of my stash, the new purple iris size 8 seed beads are a delightful addition. They coordinate perfectly with my lilac colored size 11 seed beads. If you want to make your own pendants like this, I sell the tutorial in my Etsy shop here.

Although these are quite simple and delicate necklaces, they really pack a punch in the sparkle department! The top necklace makes use of a Bermuda blue faceted Swarovski teardrop. The color flashes in a variety of deep blue-green colors and is just beautiful. The bottom necklace features a cubic zirconia teardrop pendant with a small lucite flower. There are lots of lovely glass items to choose from to use as stunning focals.

Check back soon and I'll have a coupon code good for 10% off anything at Artbeads through July 31. They're also having a sale right now!

Please note that I have received the products free of charge from Artbeads.com and that I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid to do so.


Debbie said...

Loved your work!! I am new to seed beed work and just learned how to make bangle bracelets out of them and am learning there are so much more you can do with them. I am also from Upstate NY seems like there are a lot of Beaders in our parts.. Perhaps the LONG WINTERS...

HAppy Beading, Deb

Elisabeth said...

Love the flower earrings - very cool! The seed bead pendant is amazing, as is all of your work!