I love old things. A day poking through an antique mall is a day well spent. I also have a decent collection of vintage beads, but it's been difficult to part with them. Lately, I've begun adding more vintage lucite bead earrings to my web site -- it's time to share!
I was recently contacted by my favorite vintage bead store, The Beadin' Path -- would I like to become a Design Partner and receive some beads to create with, then share the designs on my blog?
Well I should say SO! The Beadin' Path not only has an awesome collection of ever-changing vintage beads, but cool contemporary beads, gemstones, and pearls as well.
The beads arrived, and I sat at my work bench, moving beads around, thinking about color and pattern, looking through the other beads in my stash for accents. Here are two of the designs I've made so far.
First, "Vanilla Cream Poppies".
This bracelet was made by clustering charms together, a design I like to use with my lampwork beads. The flowers are made by stacking two different lucite flowers together with a tiny pewter bead cap in front and back. The cream lucite beads are capped in delicate sterling silver, and red coral Swarovski crystal matched the red lucite perfectly. And how about that toggle?
Orange Lucite Flowers, LUC4886OR
Red Lucite Flowers, LUC2699RD
Cream Lucite Rounds, LUC2173YL
Next, "Old Fashioned Christmas".
I made this necklace with a mix of lucite leaves, teardrops, and rounds. I used Tierracast pewter beads and heliotrope Swarovski crystals from my own stash and linked everything to patterned sterling silver chain. The trick with this necklace is first to connect the charms to every other link, and second to make sure that all the charms are hanging in the same direction so you get a clean line and the necklace lies correctly.
The red lucite beads are wired to the front of the lucite leaves, and the leaves are linked to the chain with jump rings. I thought the necklace had a Christmas look, but not TOO much so -- the shades of green keep the necklace from screaming "I'm Mrs. Claus!".
Red Teardrops, LUC4614RD
Olive Green Rounds, LUC2390GR
Green Leaves, LUC4589GR
If you can't find the exact beads to make these pieces, explore The Beadin' Path's web site. They have tons of beads, and get new ones all the time. Vintage beads go fast, so check in often for the new additions!
Be sure to check back here for Part Two -- not only will I have more jewelry made with lucite beads, but I'll have a lucite bead give-away, and you don't want to miss that!
Lori Anderson is a full-time jewelry designer and current insomniac. The Beadin' Path is an awesome bead store in Freeport, ME.
Disclosure: The beads listed were kindly provided free-of-charge by beadinpath.com. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.