Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Put a Cap On It
I've been doing a little horse trading and buying of some elements I haven't used much in the past.
I'm seeing ceramic beads and bead caps that seem to be asking to be paired with my crusty line.
I admit prejudice toward ceramic beads from remembering big clunky not so aesthetically pleasing ones from back in the 60's that usually accompanied jute macrame.
I had done a bead swap last year and when I received some ceramic beads of a different and more delicate persuasion I became a convert.
Then I started to notice... notice some funky and some elaborate designs made by my fellow Etsians.
I noticed how they looked in other's creations and I vowed to acquire some.
I found Petra of ScorchedEarth through the circles I travel
She's making some crazy amazing bead caps
and whimsical too.
Here I've paired her coconut bead caps with Natalie's from NKPbeads
subtle grey glazed saturn beads.
Those are my crusty headpins in the center.
Trying ways to use my own crusty limpet bead caps.
These sold immediately at the farmer's market. I had sellers remorse but was glad that I had some pics already.
Those were those yellow beads that nobody wanted. They just needed the right company
These started out totally different with a big hoop.
They hung too long and looked awkward
As I was dismantling them I saw that all my work didn't have to go to waste and I could turn them into more linear earrings
Petra's wonderful bead caps with some Bali bicones I'd been hoarding aside
She didin't expect to see them hanging upside down.
You never know how someone will see fit to use your supplies.
More limpet caps. I found myself high grading most of the recent ones I've made.
Now that I know how fun they are to use I shall endeavor to make more... for you
Natalie NKPbeads with some shiny numinosity elements
Coupla plain Petra beads with my crusties. Sets it off just right I think.
Numinosity limpets with lava and headpins and Bali bicones
Now these bead caps by Petra... I think I'm in love with the crusty crackle with the contrasting shiny glaze. I just love these!
More of Petra's bead caps
I wasn't thinking shrooms at the time. I had reversed the cap several times to see which way I liked best and this is what I settled on.
There's a little bit o' color under there
Some more of Natalie's saturn beads with my crusties
This is a pair that's in the works. I was totally delighted to see what an NKPbead looked like with one of my criffles. This criffle was an orphan so I need to make another one to finish this pair of earrings.
Same here, just need to make another cobalt criffle.
I'm normally not a blue and orange fan but I like the looks of this combo.
I'm about at the end of my outdoor shows now. I can't decide whether to set up next Saturday at our farmer's market. It's been getting windy and chilly but for some inexplicable reason I had my best day there last weekend. I guess I'll keep checking the weather report.
Thanks so much for all of your thoughtful comments last post. I really do love hearing from you all.