Libby Leuchtman really outdid herself with her selections. In honor of Bead Soup Blog Party month, she sent me a "kit", with pendant, clasp, and accent beads.
First, we start with the focal, a unique disk of teal and what I think of as tiger stripes. The hole is at the top, making me think already of a bail -- wire? Seed beads? Just a simple jump ring? No idea yet.
Next, I have some neat little black and white glass beads, bone saucer beads, and Czech glass pumpkins. I absolutely ADORE Czech glass. Love it, love it, love it. It's diverse and inexpensive and it seems there are a lot of short runs on the beads, so there's always new things and limited editions coming out. Yum.
Now we have the sterling silver clasp (nice and substantial!) and some Bali silver beads. You know how much I love silver! But I'm wondering, considering the color of the pendant .... what about mixing the sterling with bronze?
More Czech glass (and I am REALLY grooving on the color, very cool), some unique glass the like of which I've never seen, and some turquoise. Turquoise is perfect for that focal, don't you think?
And last but ABSOLUTELY not least, these amazing "podlet" lampwork beads by Libby. I could hold these in my hand forever. They're nice and plump (like me!) and I like that in a bead. I gravitate towards larger, rounder beads for some reason, maybe because they seem so decadent -- all that glass!
I say these are podlets because Libby has recently started making pod beads, and I had to buy one as soon as she debuted them. She has a few in her shop, like this one:
I'm looking forward to creating with the beads Libby sent -- stay tuned!
and if you're in St. Louis, MO...
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.