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Searching for perfection

Sometimes when I go antiquing, I’ll find a box full of beads and it’ll be impossible to look through every single bead to examine their condition. My policy has always been, unless its extremely filthy (and even then sometimes), to take it in the hopes of finding treasure among the pile. More often than not, its paid off. One such box I bought awhile back in Paris, yielded a couple of nice looking beads though nothing extraordinary but in this same box, I found a pile of crystal studded rondelles. Now I love rondelles. There’s nothing more fun than adding them to a necklace or bracelet. These rondelles however were not in pristine condition.

Upon closer inspection, each of them was missing a crystal or two.  I suppose whoever owned them deemed it too troublesome to replace the crystals and discarded them.  It got me thinking about the beads I collect.  Most of the beads I collect have travelled a long way before ending up with me and they all show signs of wear. I like to think that my beads wear their travels proudly and adds history to every piece I create.  Certainly, there are some that are too worn and shabby and these go to a box that I keep as study material.  Unless they break or shatter, I never throw anything away.

Now, I had these crystal rondelles which, apart from a missing crystal or two, were otherwise still in great condition.  Its a wonder that they aren’t missing more crystals as  these date back to the late 30s. Why should I discard them?  So I’ve been holding on to them, wondering what I could do with them.  I thought for the longest time that I should replace the missing pieces but then, they would no longer be original to the piece and I’m not certain to find the right size or color to replace the missing ones.


Fast forward to today –Its a warm sunny day in November and I thought its time to make something pretty with these rondelles.  Now, it isn’t going to be for  someone who is looking for something completely perfect but rather for someone who sees beauty in imperfections.  After all, none of us is every truly perfect but each of us is beautiful in our imperfections.

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For the little ones

At my last show, a little girl came up to my stand and started looking at the bracelets. She really wanted to have a bracelet but none of them fit her. She left looking so disappointed. It got me thinking about this big lot of vintage plastic beads that I have managed to accumulate despite not using them in my jewelry. They’re a riot
of fun colors and I thought I’d try my hand at making a few things for kids.
Here are some of my first ones..

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Pastel pink

Maybe because it rained so much yesterday, I found myself going through some soft colored beads. And while I love my glass beads and work primarily with them, I have a soft spot for gemstones. I especially love those in the pink and violet spectrum— rose quartz, pink sapphires, amethysts and kunzites. So I was really happy to find a strand of pink chalcedony hiding in my drawer. Chalcedony is believed to have many healing powers and the native American Indians revered this stone. I love this color and if the fashion mags are to be believed, pink is the color of autumn/winter 2013. All good reasons to wear pink chalcedony!
To finish it off I decided to match the pink chalcedony with some vintage yellow Venetian beads.

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This set is definitely off to the Ann Arbor craft fair tomorrow!!

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At work

Hello friends, after last weekend’s show I’m back on my desk, working on some new pieces. I’m excited about some vintage filigree findings and charms that I bought during my last trip in Paris. These date back to the 50s. I love filigree. There’s something timeless about them and I find them so delicate and ladylike as well. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

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Selection of bracelets

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Hello friends, remember those pieces I was working on last week? (You can read the post here).  I did manage to finish them and wanted to show you some pictures.  For some reason, they all turned out to be bracelets.  And the nice brown one made of beads from Germany managed to find a lovely new owner!

Selection of bracelets