Eventually, I'll have a store where you'll be able to purchase these, but for now, you'll have to head to the Dulles Expo Center August 19-21 to grab them.
The summer has been packed and by the time I get around to taking photos of jewelry, the sun is gone, so I have to write down "take photos" on my list for the next day. And then I forget it again because things come up. And I write it on the list again. Rinse, lather, and repeat. However, yesterday the sun worked for me, and I got some shots.
"Hot Rod" is made with beads I bought at Bead & Button from Golem Beads and Ad/Adornments. I've been buying things from Kathy of Ad/Adornments since I first went to Bead & Button years ago and I can't get enough of her unique findings. I like how I did the clasp on this one.
"Victoriana" mixes deep rose lucite and onyx, and I added texture by tying bits of dyed raw silk ribbon between the beads. Since the cost of sterling silver has hit the ROOF, I used a large pewter toggle I bought at the April BeadFest event, and that keeps the price down on this beauty. That toggle alone would cost me $30 WHOLESALE in sterling. I'll never give up on using sterling, but pewter definitely has its place!
"Anemone" is another bracelet made with Golem ceramic beads. Cindy and I had a hard time leaving his booth at Bead & Button -- there were just too many pretty things! I used some exceptional amazonite I've been been hoarding, a charm from Indo Expo (a wonderful personal friend), and a toggle from Ad/Adornments.
"Mesa" is made with large lampwork beads from Lori Lochner, nuggets of genuine turquoise, sterling beads, and this time, a large sterling silver toggle. This bracelet will be more expensive due to the gorgeous lampwork and the turquoise and the silver toggle, but I think it's worth it.
My biggest problem with big chunky bracelets like these is seeing them with teeny tiny clasps. They won't balance correctly (in my opinion). The toggle should be of comparable size to the beads you're working with, and I often add a charm at the toggle as a counter-balance. If all the weight of the bracelet is in the center, the bracelet will just keep flipping that toggle to the top of the wearer's wrist. (OK. Jumping off my soap box now).
"Space Odyssey" is made with some truly awesome lampwork beads by Bindu Glass. Absolutely love her work! The white beads are from a Tibetan dealer Cindy and I found at Bead & Button, and the toggle and cool heart-stamped bead is from Ad/Adornments.
"Simply Charming" is a charm bracelet with handmade lampwork beads by Juls Cannon (whose blog makes me laugh out loud). I used silver for the main bits but used antiqued brass rings to match up with the raku finish on the glass. If you look into the faded distance, you'll see I added one granulated silver bead to the bracelet. I love doing that -- adding a "one of these things is not like the others" bead to things.
And finally, some earrings made with handmade metal bead caps by my friend Lisa Liddy, who's opened a new components store, Metal Me This. Lots of etched sheet as well as finished handmade goodies!
I hope you enjoyed the eye candy -- I know it was a long one but it's been a little while! Also, don't forget to check out the Cup of Bead Soup eye candy I did the other day!
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And don't forget, the Bead Soup Blog Party sign ups are August 1st - 3rd!