June 25, 2011

New Cuff Beads and My Bead & Button Stash

Cuff 'em Danno! 

I finally listed the new beads.  I'm so glad you all encouraged me to make more - they were a hit at the show.  Some are almost sold out.  I will make more but not for a little while.  I have more beads right now than I know what to do with.  It's quite fun to see them all stuffed in their bins - so many beads.  I made over 800 for the show - well I stopped counting at 800, who knows how many were actually finished by the time it was all said and done.  I sold a ton, but not 800!   

You can win one of the cuff beads on the Art Bead Scene this week. 

I thought I'd share some of my Bead & Button stash with you - this is about half of what I brought home.  Some things were traded with other artists, always an awesome way to collect new beads, others were picked up for projects for my new book proposal that I'm working on right now.  I used most of my Bead & Button stash last year on book and magazine projects - so proud of myself!

Top row, left to right: Sea of Glass lampwork from my buddy Melissa.  My favorite leaf chain from Primitive Earth Beads, one day I will splurge and buy a whole spool of this awesome stuff.  My favorite find from the show was Vintage Meadows's handpainted lucite flowers - Heather French is so talented and sweet - now if I can just encourage her to hurry up and join the online world!  These and Humblebeads - it's like they were made for each other.

Bottom row, first photo, clockwise: More from Sea of Glass. Patina sheets of copper and brass from Lilly Pilly - the turquoise is quite stunning.  Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet.  Raku beads from the very talented MAKU Studios.  Raku gingko from Lisa Peters Art. Filigree and brass stampings from Mermaid's Dowry.  Word beads from Diane Hawkey.  Polymer clay beads from Pam and Heather Wynn.  The oak leaf toggle is from Odd Designs Pottery, she had some great clasps.  And in the center are some new things from Green Girl Studio and Andrew Thornton.

Second photo: Ceramic beads from Golem Studios, should have bought more!  The branch rings are from Ezel Findings, who were my neighbors behind the curtain at the show.  Love these earthy findings.  A random collection of bits and bobs from AD Adornment.  More Green Girl Pewter and in the center are you ready for it - my Kerri Fuhr bead!  I had been wishing and lusting and hinting to everyone I know that they could buy this for my birthday - and what do you know - it's now mine!!!  I love Kerri - what an incredibly talented artist. 

I've wasted now time and started working on projects with my new treasures.  If you haven't read about the Muffin Tin Jewelry Challenge, check it out.  You can still play along!  The prize is a $75 goodie bag from the Bead & Button show, including Humblebeads!


TesoriTrovati said...

We TOTALLY need to go shopping together next year. How is it that we spend all this time together, but yet we didn't go shopping together once?! You have some things that I never, ever saw (and I thought I saw it all!). I also feel quite bummed that I missed buying something from Melissa at Sea of Glass. How daft am I? I can't wait to see what you do with the muffin tin challenge. Your color palette is so pretty. You will be proud of me that I made three so far! Woot!
Enjoy the day!

Heather Powers said...

Erin - I don't think it was an accident that we didn't go shopping together - I was trying to avoid spending all my money!!!! We are terrible together and would have gotten in twice as much trouble. :)

Melissa has a great website, www.mjrbeads.com - check her out!

Linda Landig said...

I loved seeing all your goodies from the show--wish I could have been there. I'm hard at work on the muffin tin challenge!

Eileen said...

It's like looking into a treasure chest! That Kerri Fuhr bead caught my eye immediately. It is breathtaking. Glad you own it now, I'm sure you will do something amazing with it.

maneki said...

I love seeing all the pics of stash from B&B that people have blogged about lately. Seeing all these photos is like the next best thing to actually buying it myself. Very inspirational too, seeing different beads and components mixed together in on pic.

Those hand-dyed/painted lucite flowers are really pretty. When I began buying that type of flowers and leaves, the one thing I missed was "multi-coloured" and 2-tone versions. Thought about dyeing myself, but haven't actually given it a go so far. Too bad she isn't online (yet), I'd love to see more of those.