“How often do you take a look at your bead stash and realize you have a LOT of artist beads, or a ton of pearls, or every crystal color known to man, but you haven't made a thing with any of them yet? (Raises hand). Sometimes I'll collect beads knowing full well I'll never make a thing with them but set them out on display instead, yet after a while, it can get ridiculous and dusting becomes impossible (ha ha... as if I dust...)”
This is how Lori Anderson described her idea of a blog hop based on beads from your stash…use what you’ve had on hand for a long time and show us what you made. (It's 10:45pm and I've filled in some of the back story of each piece since posting the blog entry this morning.) Without further delay here’s what I made:
Reign Bracelet (Sold)Button Drop Beads with Brass Charm and Clasp
The glass button beads for this bracelet have been hanging around since March…ish time. There were grand visions dancing in my head when I acquired them. This is nothing like those visions but I really like it. When I was digging out the button beads I started matching colours, putting the bright fuchsia and dark purple together, then lay the gold beads beside them. They worked but needed a calming influence. That’s when I added the matte silver grey ones, picked all the strands up and wrapped them around one another and there it was, a perfect balance. The combination reminded me of royalty, thus sprang the name, Reign. Amethyst coloured beading wire was used to string everything, finished with a gold plated star toggle that I’ve had for 2+ years. The antiqued gold heart lock, in my stash for a year and a half, was the perfect touch.
Spring Fields Bracelet (Sold)
Malachite and Moonstone withHandmade Copper chain and Clasp
Spring Fields Necklace (Sold)
Malachite and Moonstone withHandmade Copper chain and Clasp
Spring Fields Earrings (Sold)
Malachite and Moonstone withHandmade Copper Ear Wires
These moonstone beads are some of the first beads I ever purchased. To this day I love how they seem to have an inner glow. The malachite was a recent acquisition, from 2 and a half years ago. I’ve had the copper, used for the handmade clasps and links, for quite a while. It is all upcycled copper from old wiring, a little harder to work with as there is a lot of straightening required, but well worth the effort. The beautiful colour combination reminded me of meadows in the spring, when everything is coming back to life, before the riot of flowers take over.
I will be at a private party next week, for my bill paying job, which is fundraising for local charitable organizations. The above pieces are being donated as draw prizes. I like this type of fundraising because the tickets are being sold now and none of the participants know what the prizes are or what they will win. It’s all by chance and good fun.
Here are some more pieces that will go in my store over the weekend:
Gift from the Heart Pendant (Sold)Polymer Clay and Sterling Silver
This polymer clay plumeria flower was purchased in the summer of 2013 along with a bunch in different colours and sizes. I did make some pieces with the stash last year but kept saving this one. I love the purity of the colours and would take it out and admire it and others like it, then proceed to put them away. I finally decided that this challenge was a good way to start with my favourite. Now to keep the momentum going…
Vivacious Necklace (Sold)
Freshwater Pearls dyed Fuchsia andLavender, Sterling Silver
These pretty and bright freshwater pearls just bring youthful adventure to mind. I could see the young woman they would be perfect on. I guess I could see her too well in my mind’s eye because every time I pictured her that was enough, and I put the pearls away again. Well now when she comes by my booth at a show, or shops online, she’ll be able to buy and wear them.
For more pretty things, check out what everyone else did here
Robin Kae Reed http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Regina Wood http://gina-design.blogspot.com/
Lovely designs! I particularly like the button drop bead bracelet! I haven't seen that shape of bead before!ReplyDelete
I got them at BeadFX up here in Toronto Canada (beadfx.com)
Lovely feminine designs. Whoever wins the donated pieces at the auction will be thrilled.ReplyDelete
I love the treasures you created ! Now everyone can admire those hoarded beads !ReplyDelete
All of your pieces are great. Well done!ReplyDelete
Beautiful and brilliant designs! Love the color palates too. Hard to pick a favorite! way to go de-stashing!ReplyDelete
Nice spring colors!ReplyDelete
Someone will love their prize. That is a double push to use some of that hoard.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work with us.ReplyDelete
You certainly made some beautiful pieces. I have to admit that Reign is my absolute favorite. I love the jewel tones with the grey. It's terrific.ReplyDelete
Lovely work. But I have to say that the richness in color of those drop beads and the finished bracelet you made with them is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Hi Mona, Your designs are beautiful. The malachite and moonstone are my favorite. They do say spring. I have some of the button drops but I never knew what to call them, thanks for the info.ReplyDelete
Lovely pieces. My favorite (if I have to pick one) would be the first bracelet. I love those button beads.ReplyDelete
All your pieces are gorgeous, absolutely adore the malachite and moonstone set, so so pretty!ReplyDelete
It happens to me ALL THE TIME! Every time I open a bead box, I find treasures I'd forgotten about. I LOVE what you made...it's all so beautiful! And I particularly love that they are going to a good cause (wish I had a ticket!).ReplyDelete
All very pretty pieces. I especially like your Reign bracelet. I have some beads kind of shaped like that and didn't really know how to use them. You made great use of them.ReplyDelete
I LOVE Button Drops, and you did a marvelous job with them! Your other pieces are elegant and I hope you get a lot of joy from them, and this blog hop inspires you to do even more with your hoarded beads.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for participating, and don't forget to post your pieces in the special Pinterest board, http://www.pinterest.com/limamike/bead-hoarders-blog-hop/
Plus, join the Facebook group (also welcome to your friends) www.BeadSoupCafe.com -- hope to see you at other hops!
Thanks for the kind comments and invitations. The encouragement and help you give to everyone is fantastic and inspirational!
I would like to add my pins to the group board but it seems like I need to be invited first (?) Is there a different way to do so?
Like that button drop bracelet. I have some of those sitting on my desk (in my hoard pile).ReplyDelete
Hi! How lovely that you got to use one of your first ever bead purchases in your designs. I love moonstone and I love what you've made with it !ReplyDelete