Hello friends, during the long weekend I took out some trade beads and tried something new with them. I remembered one necklace I made using the blue “fried egg” trade beads and some braided cord and it occurred to me that that piece turned out pretty well. (See the necklace here). So I took out some of my bigger trade beads (these beads date back to the late 19th century) and paired them up with some soft cords. The first one (pictured above) features an elbow shaped trade bead with a lovely red and green checkerboard pattern. To mix it up a little, I decided to add some green and mustard yellow trade beads to the piece.The second piece likewise features an elbow bead with a checkerboard pattern but this one is a bright, almost neon orange color which I rarely, if ever see in beads, and some green and white canes. I lucked out and found two other beads in the same pattern and so it seemed fitting to put all three together. I quite like the combination of glass beads on a soft cord. Its pretty without being too frou-frou.
Once I had finished these two pieces, I turned my hand to making something pretty with these small millefiori beads that have been rattling awhile in my bead box for awhile now. These millefioris date back to the early 20th century and have the typical Venetian canes. As they’re on the small side I decided to make a double dangling pair of earrings as well as a double strand bracelet. They may be small but they have a certain presence!
All these items will soon be loaded up in the shop!