Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Custom Lampwork Pieces

A couple of months ago I received 4 pretty lampwork beads from a customer of mine. She had picked them up at a local art show. She brought them to me and asked me to create something custom for her with them. Here are the results of that endeavor....

I started with the bracelet. I loved the colors of these beads...chocolate and turquoise..yum...! I picked the one I wanted to use in the necklace and set it aside. The Mocca Swarovski color was a perfect match as was the Turquoise Swarovski. I decided to use Sterling silver links instead of stringing it on beading wire. It gave the bracelet more movement and all sides of the lampwork beads can be seen. I made the necklace a little more simple, I wanted it to compliment the bracelet, not compete with it.
I love doing custom work...! It challenges my creativity and lets me design using pieces that I don't have in my vast bead stash ( the fun part). It's an awesome feeling to know that I have customers out there who trust my design ability enough to create something for them from something they love...! If you have a focal or some beads that have been collecting dust that you've been waiting for an idea about what to do with them...drop me an email, I'd be glad to help as a consultant or a designer.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Where did the Month go..?

I have no idea where this month went. I blinked and it's almost gone. I have been busy trying to keep up with my stock of Naked Sandals, it has been a full-time gig, but that's not a bad thing. I didn't realize how big barefoot sandals had become, until I saw that a link to my Artfire shop was included in an article on the web site Handmade News. The article is called Trends to Try: Summer's Hottest Sandals. Who knew..? No wonder I can't keep them in stock..!
This last photo is a necklace I made with a glass seashell bead made by StudioMarcy on Etsy. Isn't it pretty...? Marcy is a part of my Unique Women in Business Group. An awesome group of Business Women who share ideas and support each other. I knew when I saw that bead, I had to have it. Marcy has a lot of cute creatures, little food beads, fish and seashells in her shop.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Biloxi Art Association Festival of Arts

Just a quick note today...! It's been a hectic week...! The Fais Do Do last weekend was a rousing success. The weather was perfect..! ( About 15 degrees cooler than last year, Yea!)
I will be at the Edgewater Mall this weekend for the Festival of Arts. I am not sure of my location yet, but I shouldn't be too hard to find, try the rock climbing wall area.
I got a lot of stunning sea glass ( example leftt) in a couple of weeks ago and some gorgeous Kazuri beads on Monday. I haven't had too much time to play yet, but hope to before Saturday...!
This bracelet is made of aqua sea glass, mother of pearl and swarovski. The stunner of the piece is the Sterling silver box clasp with an inlaid swarovski crystal. I'm not sure if I like it or the seahorse the best..!
Hope to see you there this weekend...!