Hello friends, I finished a number of pieces and I must say, I’m quite happy with how they turned out. Remember the sky blue piece from last Monday? Here it is! I decided to make the silver foil bead into a pendant for this necklace and it hangs perfectly on the decolleté.
I’m fortunate enough to work next to a big window and where I sit, I can see these trees with their gorgeous green colors. They range from deep dark green to a more summery hue. I was looking through my bead box one day and I came across these vintage Czech glass beads from the 40s and they are the exact color as some of the trees I see outside. I just had to make something with them. And here is what I came up with.
And in keeping with the green theme, I also came up with a bracelet, which is not exactly the same, but to my mind, compliments nicely the necklace.
And while we are on bracelets, I also made a simple bracelet in a vibrant blue shade but the focal bead on this one is really interesting. Its full of little sparkles and looks almost like ice when you hold it up against the light.
Finally, since it is summer and as such the time for showing off tanned legs, I thought I’d add another anklet to the current collection. These little rondelle beads are from the late 30s and are harder to come by than the bigger rondelles. I’m quite happy to have a few of them around. Eh voila, hope you’ve enjoyed all these new pieces. As always, if interested in any of them, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!
More often than not, I find my beads in antique fairs or in shows with antique dealers. But sometimes I’ll find them in unexpected places. Take this pair of earrings made with Czech glass beads from the 40s. They are quite special because of the degradé effect of the colors. It starts out white and graduates to pink to a dark violet. It’s very hard to do this kind of bead and hardly anyone ( if any at this point in time) does it anymore. Where I found them is a story in itself.
We were vacationing in a small seaside town in Southern Spain and beads were the last thing on my mind. Of course I had to ask if there was a local market around and I was told of a small local one. The appointed day arrived and I set out. It was a rather smallish affair with a cluster of stalls and many more vendors with blankets spread out on the ground. It takes a certain kind of dedication (Perhaps it’s more accurate to say it was a sort if madness) to go through about 50 stalls under 90 degree weather. And for all my dusty efforts, there was hardly anything to interest me. Luckily towards the end of the market I saw someone selling beads and kits to make jewelry. Unfortunately he only had new beads, most of which were plastic ones. I was about to give up and leave when he said that his wife perhaps had some old beads still in her collection. I didn’t waste any time arranging a meeting with his wife at local town square the day after and that is how I acquired these beads!
Now these beads are in the possession of a lovely and dear friend, the next step in their long adventure.