Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Eye Candy Day

I've been working like a fiend preparing for my show in August (Intergem at the Dulles Expo Center, for those of you in the Northern VA/MD/DC Metro area).  Not only will I be selling my jewelry, but I'll be debuting my Bead Soup -- these marvelous packets of beads, findings, cord -- tons of choices!  Here's a peek:


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!



Quote of the DayDream a New Dream

And don't forget, the Bead Soup Blog Party sign ups are August 1st - 3rd!




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.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces Lori - I love those ceramic beads!

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  2. I really did enjoy this!!! Lovely jewelry. Thanks for sharing. Kisses Maria from Hungary!

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  3. Ohh, Lori, gorgeous pieces. Can't decide on a favorite. You will be sold out in minutes!

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  4. Lori your new pieces are fantastic. Looks like you will have a wonderful show come August. I am amazed at how you can keep track of where and how you came by your beads and toggles. My eyes are now satiated...thank you dear.

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  5. Beautiful new bracelets, Lori! I don't know how you can part with those Golem beads - they are each so amazing. I love those lampwork beads by Juls - the texture and round shape are so unique.

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  6. Such lovely, pretty things :)

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  7. Lovely items, as always. :) My faves are Anemone and Victoriana.

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  8. Yummy! You have been busy! I love the ceramic buttons especially.

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  9. all of your bracelets are super cute, but i love love love the Anemone one.

    And your bead soups look fabulous! Nothing better then a yummy bead soup!!

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  10. Lori, Your eye candy will satisfy any ones craving for something sweet!!
    Therese

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  11. Really nice post Lori. I love all the bracelets - each one so different. Have a great show!

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  12. Been laying low for a while but glad to visit you today. Love your bracelets, hope you sell lots of them, I know you will, they are very pretty. Wish I were closer.

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  13. Oh, I wish I was going to be there for your show. :( Your Bead Soup packs look wonderful. And I love "Victoriana", although they're all great. That one just calls to me.

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  14. Oh my goodness. I hardly know where to start. These are all really gorgeous pieces. I am hoarding a small piece of fine silver clay right now. I am hoarding some pieces I made in fine silver clay months and months ago. Will silver ever be affordable again? Your choice of pewter is a great and in my opinon works really well.

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  15. each bracelet is more gorgeous than the last - the tips you share are very helpful to us wannabees!

    Thanks Lori - truly eye candy of the day!

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  16. Very pretty, as always! I love the last one! It looks like it'd be really fun to wear. I like your "adding a "one of these things is not like the others" bead to things." I do that sometimes, but never knew what to call it!

    And oh! those bead soup packets make me hungry!

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  17. Those bead soup pillows should do great at the show and also in your shop when you get it open (never enough time is there?). The bracelets are beautiful, I especially love the charm bracelet towards the end, the colors and textures are fabulous!

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  18. I love all the pieces - can't decide which one I like the most!! I really like the bead soup idea,too. I'm sure people will go crazy over them (as well as your jewelry)!

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  19. I love them all, but Anemone is my favorite. What you said about clasps is very true, I don't like it when i have worked so hard on something to have only the clasp show! Will take your suggestion of adding the charm for counterbalance. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Gorgeous pieces, Lori! I LOVE that heart tangle bead on Space Odyssey.

    Hopefully my sister will stop by your show in August...she's around the corner from there I think.

    All your pretty things have me itching to get back to some jewelry...Metal Me This has taken all my creative energy of late. And thanks for the nice plug.

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  21. Amazing jewelry!
    Looking at these gorgeous pieces makes me want to rethink my resolutions and start making jewelry again...

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  22. Yay for eye candy! I'm drooling over those dramatice Golem beads in the first bracelet!

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  23. Your jewelry is beautiful! I especially like Spacw Odyssey. I think you'll have a great show.

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  24. You are one talented artist and I'm always awed by how beautiful your jewelry is. These blew me away (and I couldn't pick a favorite!). Thanks for showing everything.

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  25. Lori, your jewelry is AHH-MAZING! I had to laugh at the rinse, lather, and repeat part . . . I too keep writing down those same time sensitive tasks over and over again. You’d think the way the days fly by that the sun is only out for like 15 minutes! =D

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  26. Ooooohhhh, pretty! Best of luck at the show. While all the bracelets are stunning, I do have to admit that I like that last one and mostly because of your "one of these things..." reference. I do that all the time too, just add a little something unexpected. As well, those earrings are to die for!!

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  27. Such lovely work you do!
    I'm glad I stopped by!
    Hugs,
    Reina

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  28. These are all so beautiful. I'm sorry that I'm going to be out of town during your show in my neck of the woods next month. Best of luck at the Expo.

    I'm just getting caught up on all my backed-up blog reading, but I also want to say I've loved your posts about Korea and your artist's journey. It's so hard to believe you fight insecurities, since you not only do such amazing work, you encourage others to do so as well.

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  29. Lori, they are all beautiful but my fav is the last one with the beautiful lampwork beads and dangles you made! Thanks for the tip on adding a counter weight to the toggle.....I'm trying that one.

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  30. I wish I lived closer...I'd love to attend the show, meet you and check out all this beautiful bling in person!

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  31. I always love your eye candy posts!! Your jewelry inspires me.

    Question...are you going to sell your bead soup packs on your website?

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  32. Fantastic, Lori! Every single one of them!

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