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Blue and gold

20140702-123020-45020342.jpgFor today’s post, I thought I’d share a new piece I just finished.  This piece started out with the decorated gold focal bead that I made awhile back.  I loved how decorative it looked but wasn’t convinced that making an all gold necklace would be the way to go.20140702-123021-45021299.jpgLuckily, I later on acquired a deep, almost royal blue, set of French glass beads.  These beads are from the late 50s and while pairing them off with different colored beads, I realized that gold would play wonderfully against the deepness of its blue.  And that is how this necklace was born!20140702-123022-45022234.jpg

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A series of new necklaces

Friends, it’s a stormy start to the week. A change from the wonderful weather we had last week. When it’s nice out, it’s hard to sit inside and work but I did get some new pieces finished.

This first piece is a sautoir style necklace composed of lovely French glass beads from the 60s. I love this shade. There’s something very Mediterranean about it. And because it’s a sautoir, this can be worn long or looped twice around the neck. It’s quite a versatile piece.


The second necklace features bright red orange glass beads decorated with gold bead caps. The beads are also from France in the 60s.20140414-093915.jpgI really like the look of rosary style necklaces and this is my not completely asymmetrical take on that.  These beads are a lovely lavender shade and its hard to see through the photo but they are a bit like crackle beads.   These are vintage French glass beads from the 50s,20140414-094203.jpgStill keeping with the lavender color scheme, this necklace features some vintage opaque glass beads with decorative silver tone bead caps.  I have a hard time working with the silver color, whenever I start a piece, my immediate instinct is to use gold (as you can see from the three preceding necklaces!).  There’s something immediately accessible with gold though I’ve had a number of people ask me for pieces in silver. This necklace is one of my few attempts. Its simple but I like how it turned out. This encourages me to try to incorporate more silver colors in my work. Last point,  I love that lavender goes well with silver and gold. 20140414-114606.jpg

Here’s to a good week ahead of us!


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Throwback Thursday and something new

DSCN3640Its late but since its still technically Thursday, I thought I’d go ahead and do a throwback post. I wanted to feature this necklace which was a particular favorite of mine.  I found these beads (along with a group of others that I have to post soon) the last time I was at the Antiquities Brocante at Bastille in Paris.  Loved ones of mine know how much I adore that particular brocante.  I would literally go everyday and look at every single stall. I went so often that sellers started to recognize me! (Ah, those were the days! ) Funnily enough, I didn’t always find old beads there. Lots of other curios and antiques but not the old glass beads.

That last time, I wasn’t particularly looking for beads. Plus it was the last day of the fair so people were in a going home mood.  Well, one seller probably in an effort to get everything out, laid out, casually, almost cavalierly, a handful of old beads just as I was passing by.  You can just imagine how my heart jumped!! I started looking at them and as is my habit, asked if she had more. To my great surprise, she pulled out a boxful of them!!! They were a glorious mix of different colors and shapes. Some of them were still attached to the mandrel (the rod to which glass is attached when being made).  It was an amazing find and I snapped it up. I even managed to get a bit of a deal since she was just about ready to pack up and leave.

Now, here’s the other funny thing about these beads. For the longest time, I thought they were Czech glass beads.  They are very very similar in look.  But it turns out they are French glass beads according to some research I came across recently.  Aside from the Bapterrosses factory in Briare, French production was not as extensive as the Venetians or the Czechs but there was a small cottage industry of lampworkers who produced beads that bear a striking resemblance to those more popular beads. Most of these lamp work beads were produced in the 50s.  So the beads on this necklace are French lamp work beads from the 50s.