Many beady things have happened since I have last posted… Bead and Button, Sievers, teaching at Bead Fest, and a workshop with Kim Stathis. Many crazy non beady things have happened too. Needless to say, it’s been a very busy summer.
Technically the Bead and Button Show happened before my last post, but let’s start there. I signed up for 4 classes, but one was cancelled. All of my classes were great this year. I took a class on punching aluminum cans, a class with the lovely Cindy Holsclaw from Bead Origami, and a class from Heather Kingsley Heath. My apologies to the aluminum lady, whose name I can’t remember at the moment.
Let’s start with the aluminum. We punched and layered soda cans and came up with these. I really like the way they turned out. The large flower will be a pin or pendant, and the smaller flowers will be earrings. I haven’t figured out what to do with the bird tags. I was going to make earrings, but they are way too big. The small flowers are about the size of quarters. The big one is about 2 inches across. I can definitely see making more of these in my future. But I really didn’t need a reason to walk down the scrapbooking aisle at Michaels…
On to the beadweaving, Cindy’s class was next. I have finished the necklace, and worn it several times, but so far I have not managed to get a picture, so you will have to enjoy this in progress shot from class.The construction of these beads was genius. I got one of each done in class. And that is one of Cindy’s teeny tiny origami cranes. I’ll try to post a picture of the finished necklace next week.
Next up was Heather’s Acantha Necklace. I love this piece. It, too, is finished, and again, I have no photo, so here are two in progress shots from the hotel room, so please excuse the crappy lighting.
This piece is a lariat style necklace. The two spike drops go on the bottom of the silversilk cord. Again, this was a very clever construction. My brain does not think dimensionally very well. It always amazes me when people construct things like these.
I will leave you with a few photos of my shopping haul. Things were a bit subdued this year due to a minor glitch in the plan, but fear not, I made up for it in Philly.
I will save my other beady adventures for another post next week. In the mean time, I’m firing up the kiln, getting ready for fall shows and special orders.