Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Offerings

Thought I would post a few more images of some of my recent lampwork bead jewelry. I've not been as busy in the studio as I'd like (something about tax season), but a return to colder, wetter weather will get me out of the sunshine and behind the torch very soon. I've also got several shows coming up and need to get busy!

"Blue Tube" earrings are a significant statement in color. Two layers of transparent color are separated by a corresponding layer of opaque, with silvered ivory lines in between (silver foil is melted in with the glass, producing interesting, sparkly effects). The ear wires are sterling silver, with custom fine silver headpins. These are 1 1/2" long.

I am making these in all kinds of color themes: greens, lavenders, earthy tones. They are fun to wear and easy to coordinate with your clothing.

My "Cosmos" series beads have taken a new turn from the classic lentil shape. These new bicone shaped beads are each about 1" long, and really make the multi-colored pattern shine. Gazing into these beads is sure to transport you into another universe. This particular piece is a 17" choker, with eight Cosmos bicones, one of my own fine silver clasps, Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver accent beads. I wore this one with a khaki colored linen top and black cropped pants at a sunset pupu party recently, and several people nearly passed out in awe from the sight of the sparkling glass in the warm evening sunlight. Just kidding, but I did receive many nice compliments on it.

These "Pine Fizz" earrings are a delicate, flattened cylinder shape, and have an irridescent sheen to them. They are about 1 3/8" long, and feature sterling silver ear wires and accent beads.

OK, now if this bracelet doesn't make you think of Easter bunnies and sandals and daisies and warm breezes, you're insane. "Spring Fever" bracelet is made from graduated lentil shaped beads in light turquoise, with dainty ivory flower adornments. Accents include freshwater pearls and sterling silver spacer beads. Clasp is adjustable in size.

Now, for those of you thinking, "that's all very well and good for women who like jewelry, but what about ME?", stress no more. MAN BEADS are here.

MAN BEADS, as I affectionately call them, are beads in a smaller, more rugged size and shape, in earthy colors that men might like to wear. I started making these just last year, in response to a request to make a pair of similar (not matching) bracelets for two men. Well, they were a big hit, and here they are.

This design is called "Tribal Rhythmn", and has ethnic, earthy looking beads in shades of terra cotta, ivory, black, amber, and sterling silver clasps and accents. Of course, the bracelets are sized to fit men. It was fun trying something new, and it has helped me to think about lots of new ways to interpret the concept of a glass bead bracelet.

All for now, but stay tuned for more very soon.

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