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Friday, February 19, 2010

Bag of Beads Challenge

Every year the Toronto Bead Society runs its Bag of Beads Challenge. For $10 you get a collection of various beads and things (stumpers). Everyone who participates gets the very same thing. You then have two months to create something using at least one for each of the different item in the bag.

Here are the beads that we got this year as well as the stumpers, a copper pipe end and bronze paper.

Here the various parts on my piece. The first three are ruffled beaded beads.

These ones have some turquoise drops that I have added to.

The final two parts have drops added as well.

These components will be balanced together in the final piece. Watch  for it in the next few days.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Spring Bronze Necklace

Bronze Spring

We are set to get more snow over the next few days. I made this beautiful necklace that shout to spring it is time to come back to Canada!! This combines some the Ugandan paper beads, Swarovski pearls and crystals.  It will go very well with my calla lily earrings. I hope that spring comes soon!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Bronze Universe Necklace

At January's TBS meeting I purchased these three great lampwork beads from Amy Waldman-Smith.

Universe Beads

I played with a few different combinations of beads until I settled on this one.

Bronze Universe close up

This includes matte black fire-polished beads, Swarovski pearls and crystals and bronze daisy spacers.

Bronze Universe Necklace

I will wear this to Elizabeth's birthday tomorrow.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Beadwork - Fuchsia Flutterby Pendant

Fuchsia Flutterby pendant

I bought this wonderful resin fuchsia butterfly at Beadfx last year. I knew that I wanted to make a pendant for Elizabeth with it. As I was searching thru my beads to finds beads for her bracelets I found it. It was easy to add a fews crystals for some sparkle and wrap the end. It did take two attempts to get the wrap just right.

Fuchsia Flutterby pendant
On its silver chain.

Beadwork - Lizzie's Trio of bracelets

Elizabeth's 4th birthday is fast approaching. I went on a quest yesterday to buy some dresses for her. It took awhile but was able to finally find some that I think she will like. I stopped at the local dollar store to look for some fun and funky beads to make matching bracelets for each dress.

Red Hearts bracelet
This one uses some red cloisonne beads.

Spring is Here bracelet
Some green barrel shaped cloisonne mixed with pink and green fire polished beads.
Pretty in Pink bracelet
Dollar store fire polished beads mixed with some little lampwork beads by Amy Waldman Smith.
LIzzie's Trio of bracelets
Here is the trio together!