October 2015 archive

Gray and blue go together 

| Work in progress

  
Recently, I went to a local bead show. Normally, I don’t expect to find any antique beads at this show because most of the beads are for new seed beads for traditional bead work. But I was pleasantly surprised by one stand that carried some older crafting materials. Amongst the bead needles and seed beads were a packet of vintage enameled bead caps.  They date back to the late 60s and are still quite vibrant. Others have some enamel loss but I thought they nonetheless added to the charm of the caps.

After much searching in my bead boxes, I finally found some gray pearls to go with these bead caps.  These pearls were made in France in th early 50s and have a wonderful shine.  I haven’t quite made up my mind if they will turn into a bracelet or necklace but I’m excited!

  

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Back in the saddle

| New pieces, Vintage finds

Hello friends,  as you may have noticed, it’s been very quiet here in the blog and store front. Sometimes life takes over and work takes a backseat. However, I’m very happy to announce that I’m back!  All the charms, findings and beads that have been sitting quietly on my desk, bidding their time, will finally have their chance to shine as new pieces.

What better start than this new necklace?

The star of this necklace is quite simply the French made enamel pendant that I found last year in Paris. It dates to the 1850s and has a very pretty design of blue and pink flowers.
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As it is pretty enough to hang on its own, I left it like that for the longest time till I found these pretty Venetian beads with a strikingly similar color scheme. Even the design of the beads match the pendant.  Coincidentally, the beads date back to the early 1900s as well. The beads and pendant seemed like a match made in heaven!

Going forward there will be a lot more new pieces coming. And I hope to unveil soon, a new and exciting line of pieces that I’ve never done yet! Stay tuned!

 

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