Today I show you what's on my beading table. Heather Powers of HumbleBeads created this lovely idea and I'll try to post when I can. If you want to join along, click here for the info!
Last week I was up to my eyes with the Bead Soup Blog Party, so I accumulated a week's worth of mail that needed to be opened.
From left to right; the morning oatmeal, the pile of mail, my tool cabinet (headpins on top, along with earring cards, alligator clips, ear wires and "stuff" beneath, then the drawer of tools), a bowl of plastic baggies for beads and jewelry, two handmade sea dragon cups, the larger for trash, the smaller for silver scraps, a bracelet sizer, and a purple box full of price tags.
Yeah, there's a lot going on there.
I opened all the packages, shoved most of it aside, and decided to only pull out the things I planned to work with THIS DAY.
And guess what? After I worked with the Earthenwood house, toggle, and disks, I had a freak-out/flake-out moment when I realized I had a class to teach this Saturday, not NEXT Saturday, and really had better get on the stick and put together class kits. So alas, those other beads will have to wait.
I spent the rest of the afternoon cutting three different gauges of copper, making six copper charm chains by scratch, making a samples of handmade clasps and charms, and filling up cute little baggies with beads. Now all I have to do is write the directions.
Want to see what other bead tables look like this Wednesday? Click here to see the Flickr album!
I'll leave you with some eye candy -- the perfect gift for your sister! A pair of earrings made with handcrafted lampwork beads and sterling silver charms (I'm showing the front and back in this picture, but they both have "sisters" on the front). Not on the web site yet, but $35 if you want them -- just email me!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.