Monday, October 29, 2012

Needle Agates

Fresh off my work table this morning are these 4 beautiful needle agate necklaces.

Agates are a birthstone for Taurus (April 20 - May 20) and September.  Agates will chip and crack so you need to protect them from scratches and sharp blows. Avoid sudden temperature changes and household chemicals.

For healing abilities agates are said to be a cooling stone, reducing fevers and quenching thirst. It quiets the pulse and insures good health and a long and prosperous life.

Mystically agate is thought to guard against danger. They have grounding and centering properties. Wearers become temperate and cautious. It can help you view the world with a broader viewpoint and see yourself with more clarity. Wearing agate is also thought to cure insomnia and to insure pleasant dreams.

Both the one above and below have sold.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Red Dragons Blood Jasper

Red Dragons Blood Jasper. Now that is a perfectly named stone to work with a few days before Halloween! 

This Australian jasper is said to bring joy to community interactions. It helps to increase straighten and courage. Physically it aids in healing of the heart. It also grounds spiritual energy though the heart chakra. 

I've used some interesting color combinations with this series, picking out various colors within each of the stones. 


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Custom Work

Yesterday I had two customers visit me in my studio to do some custom work. The first was to match an unusual opal pendant. We dug through my bead boxes and sorted through stones. In the end what did the trick was two orphan glass beads. Happy to see them now made into beautiful earrings to keep the pendant company. Unfortunately I did not get a picture for you.

The afternoon was spent designing two holiday gifts. First we went through all the necklaces I had made looking for just the right pendant and color. When we did not find exactly what the customer was looking for we then  sorted through stones looking  for the perfect pendant. Next we flipped through pictures of past designs on my computer. Once we had a design and several pendant options we then looked for the perfect color match for the necklaces. We decided on appropriate lengths and matching earrings. Here are the results.

 A long (24") necklace of garnet red glass seed beads with a faceted glass teardrop at its center. We chose the longer length to allow this wearer to slip this necklace on over her head. Easy for arthritic fingers!
This necklace features a pendant of fancy jasper, Swarovski crystals and glass seed beads in a Caribbean blue with earrings to match.

It is fun to share my love of beading!  If you would like to schedule a studio shopping day please contact me via email.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pin Mania

Pins, pins and more pins, I am up to me elbows in pins this week! 
Finally finished them today.

 Shades of green.
 Ocean blues.
 Ocean blues.
 More greens.
 A new one, black and white!
 With a touch of red.
All these plus multi-color and holiday (red, silver and green) are now available at my various holiday shows and will soon be in stock at Old Town Frame and Gallery in Silverdale!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturdays Work

Today is all about Pins! I finsihed up a batch of autumn browns and golds.

Next up are greens and blues, then onto a new color - black and white.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Holiday Preview and Sale!

Invitations are out! If you don't see one in your email inbox then you are not on my mailing list. Contact me to receive your personal invitation to this annual event.

Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th, 11am - 4pm
Beadware Studio in Port Orchard Washington

Kick off your holiday shopping in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

Saturday Only 1 - 3 pm enjoy Renaissance music by Past Tunes

Get the first peek at new Beadware designs, before they are snapped up at the holiday shows!

Purchase beautiful garden photo note cards and support the programs of the Master Gardener Foundation of Kitsap County.

 Mona Gollan of Flamewerks will have a selection of gorgeous lampworked glass beads and spinning wheel orifice hooks.

Browse delicate pottery by Linda Ricci of Side Door Pottery.

Feel free to bring a friend or two!

Can't make the sale?  Check out the events tab on my blog to find me at other holiday venues, shop online or contact me for a studio shopping day.