Hello – Thank you for your patience! The Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop reveal was scheduled for yesterday… and I am finally here, finished and posting!
The hop – held by the ever imaginative Lori Anderson – was a challenge to beaders everywhere to dig through your stash. ( We ALL have a stash!) Select a piece you had squirreled away and finally use it! Permission to break out the treasures! Create something fabulous!
I have a stash that dates back 10 years to my time working at the Shepherdess in San Diego! With so many pretties… Here is a collage of my final, much edited , round of contestants:
From top left: Kwan Yin shrine from a London’s Portobello Rd. antiques market, assorted glass vessels that make me swoon, a Basha bead and suitably flashy seed beads ( a going away gift when I left San Diego!)
Row 2 – a lampwork vessel – I think by Gail Crosman Moore, a lampwork ocean bead, oops. vessels snuck in again!
That was a really hard thing to do. I loved going through the stash, and I have so many ideas!!! But to select one, and make a final decision in the time alotted? Well, you can see I was late…
As you can see I selected the box of beads. It was my intention all along to design and create a piece where the lampwork bead took center stage. If I had treasured it for 10 years, it deserved to be the star.
The lamp work bead, in swirly and speckled greys and browns, wanted to be paired with smoky quartz. I decided to add the bronze clay moon face as the colors/tones were so perfect, and to give the focal more volume, more importance. The triple strand uses the wee grey seed beads – and a strand of bronze pearls. The extra smoky quartz drop on a jump ring? Simply to aid in keeping the three strands hanging correctly.
I rarely name my pieces – it is not my preference to do so unless there is a contextual clue I want to give the viewer. This necklace wanted to be named “Stormy Night”.