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One of the best things about going away…

…is coming home. Especially yesterday when I had four packages waiting for me. (4! And I had only been away for 2 days!) All of them were jewelry-related which made it even better since I plan to spend the next week locked in my studio, creating.

In my excitement, I took photos late in the day, some with a flash and some without, but I wanted to show you what will inspire me this week. These cool little blue/green sea urchin beads made by Kathi  Mohlman, purchased on Etsy. I know they will find their way onto some future necklace that combines beach rocks, pearls and sea glass. Or maybe they will be set apart with just silver beads…

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Next was a package from Sue Kennedy. You already know I am a big fan of her work. I love how well her etched glass beads combine with the colors of the beach rocks I use. I really appreciate that she posts on FaceBook when she adds to her Etsy shop. It reminds me that I need more of her glass beads!

IMGP6349     The late day photography does not do these beads justice. They are gorgeous. (Thanks Sue for the gift of the two little swirly guys!)

The third box was from my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Barbara Mason. Here’s the box, and what was inside. But, I’ll wait until tomorrow to post the pictures because I think the Bead Soup stuff should have a post of its own. IMGP6355 IMGP6357

Last AND least exciting was the 4th box, from Amazon. I couldn’t remember what I had ordered which amazed my husband. I opened it today and now I know why it was so forgettable. A huge box of hot glue sticks. Necessary for all of the rock drilling I do. Woo hoo. Good times!

 

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Sue Kennedy’s beads!

I love combining interesting handmade beads with my own beads. Especially lampworked glass beads. I wish I had the time and the set up to do it myself but that’s a whole other learning curve that I’m not ready to approach. And why do I need to when I can buy amazing beads from Sue Kennedy at SueBeads?

Sue’s blog  is in the list, on the right, of the blogs I follow regularly. Whenever I look at her Etsy Shop I see something I want or need or both!

Here are the beads I have my eye on to buy next.  I can’t decide between that set or this one.  (There’s a good chance I’ll go right from posting this blog to her Etsy shop to buy them.) Because I like a matte finish on the beads I combine with my own beach rocks and silver beads, I usually ask Sue to etch them for me before sending them. She has always been willing and gracious about doing it and she ships very quickly. 

This style is my new favorite:IMGP4387

See how the etched finish makes them look like a treasure I just found on the beach?

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Sue’s beads enhancing my beads:IMGP4450 IMGP4406 IMGP4430

When I buy Sue’s egg-shaped beads, I ask her to also etch them. See the speckled eggs at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock?IMGP4395

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The first beads I ever bought from Sue were the etched clear beads with trailings of fine silver. Her silvery long green focal beads have inspired me too. (Upper left of second photo.)

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Right now Sue is featuring a great selection of her enameled rondelle beads in her Etsy shop. Last year I was randomly chosen to participate in a blog hop with these beads. Blog hops and challenges are a great way to shake up your creative juices.IMGP1501

Recently, I was looking for a knitting project I had stuffed into my mess of a linen/storage closet last December. Look what was in the bag with the yarn!

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An order from Sue I had stashed away when the holiday madness was taking over. I don’t know why they never made their way into my studio. What a cool surprise to find them again, just when I need some new beads to work with as I add to my summer jewelry inventory. I believe the bumpy beads on the left were a little gift Sue added in with my order. While they are not the style I usually choose from Sue’s shop, I found them to be the perfect catalyst for a new earring design.IMGP4575

 

Do you have a favorite bead maker or Etsy shop that inspires you? Share the love!

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Rondelle challenge reveal!

A few weeks ago, readers of Sue Kennedy’s blog were offered a chance to participate in her enameled rondelle bead challenge. She randomly drew 5 names from the list of respondents and guess who was one of the ones to be chosen? Sue sent beads to each of us and we had about 3 weeks to come up with a design.

This is my first blog hop and challenge. I thought it would be easier than it was. I thought about it a lot and then decided to make earrings. I’m surprised I didn’t wear out the enamel on the beads with all of my attempts to put something together and then take it apart when I changed my mind! I finally settled on making this mix of dangles to hang from the beads. The pattern on the beads is so delicate, I did not want to create anything that would cause a distraction by being too heavy, visually.

I hammered and drilled pieces of 20 gauge Argentium sterling for the silver dangles.  I added tiny freshwater pearls and small labradorite beads at opposite ends of silver plated Beadalon. In the right light, the labradorite has a wink of blue that is close to the color of the enamel.

Please be sure to click on the links below to see the excellent work by the other challenge participants. (That is the “blog hop”  part.) Thanks for the opportunity, Sue. This was fun!

Sue Kennedy

Erin Prais-Hintz

Holly Westfall

Jen Judd Velasquez

Kristi Harrison

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Today’s mix

The necklace I worked on today is a combination of  handmade lampworked beads, (bought from *artists on Etsy) local beach rocks, my own fine silver PMC beads and some local bits of sea glass.

Lampworked beads by Sue Kennedy and Leese Mahoney.

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