Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

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.


  1. i am loving bead table wednesday - and posted a picture myself... my sample is only about 4" square as the rest is a disaster! your table looks so great! best luck with the class, i am teaching ones in the spring...

  2. My Wednesday will be on Thursday. YOu have a lot on your plate, dear! Just keep swimming!
    Enjoy the day!

  3. Before I participate, I have to clean off my table ! Yikes! I'd be embarrassed to show it today!

  4. I am so loving the sea dragon cups! I have a sad face, cause I don't have a bead "table" just my boards that get moved from place to place! :) Oh well, just something to work towards.

  5. i'm laughing at marie dodd's comment...i could just say ditto..i decided to participate even though my table is a WRECK, and did the same thing in taking a close up as to avoid the rubble on my table..something must be done.if nothing else this BTW will prompt me to get on with organizing.

  6. very cute earrings! ♥
    very imporessed with your bead table too ... ! x

  7. Poor Lori, this BSP is humongous and it's 'slightly' taking over lol I'm sure all your efforts won't be for nothing, well done^_^ Virginie

  8. Those lampwork beads have gorgeous colors !!

  9. Wow your table is much cleaner than mine, hehe.
    I love those earrings! What a great sister gift. Good luck with your class.

  10. Your table doesn't look bad at all but I felt a little panic attack for you when you mentioned remembering the class this saturday! Amazing how you took it right in stride! I have a glass pen holder on my desk just like yours only mine is pink and green, I thought they were so unique. I love the lampwork beads you've shown, beautiful colors.

  11. Wow - your table is so neat and I love how everything has it own little place. The sea dragon cups are awesome! Good luck on your class and make sure you take a much needed rest for yourself!

  12. Wow - that looks intriguing!

  13. I agree...your table looks good! Very manageable on the surface...but boy do you have a lot going on between the lines. :-) Your new earrings are really sweet...just right for sisters.

  14. BTW has been fun!! Those are gorgeous lampies in the middle pic, who made those? Love all those Earthenwood pieces too YUM!!


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