I’m having a cull.  I’ve been meaning to do it for some time.


You know those pieces that end up hanging around? Or those pieces that nag at you because some element of them isn’t right?  Or those things you were never entirely convinced by and that didn’t prove you wrong and sell?  Today, I’ve chopped all mine up.  This might seem rash – certainly, only the other day, a piece which I had mentally marked for the chop went and sold.  Still, I feel better for it.  I’m also hoping that this array of retrieved beads will prompt some new design ideas, which have been a bit few over the last couple of days.

art beads

I have made some new things.  Earrings mostly, and one bracelet…


The bracelet has been listed on Etsy, the earrings will join it in the next few days.  Do pipe up if there’s anything you’d like.

This way

(ceramic arrows – Scorched Earth)


(glass headpins – Numinosity Beads)

silk slippers

button buds

I also made a pair for me, with these beautiful heather-y spikes…

heather spikes

(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earth, lampwork beads – Glass Bead Art)

…because I clearly need more Scorched Earth earrings… s.e. earrings

I also need to learn how to make my camera work in non-macro mode.  Before I go, I had calls for more pictures of Dexy, which I am always more than happy to share!  He’s not the easiest beast to photograph, but today he decided to oblige and sat still long enough for me to capture a good portrait.


That’s the lot for now.  I guess I’d better go and tidy all those liberated beads away…

5 thoughts on “Clearing

  1. Beautiful new jewellery Claire – I especially love the lilac-y ones with glass headpins. Taking things apart is always difficult, and I myself am terrible at committing to actually doing it – but it obviously leads to fresh inspiration in your case!

  2. Eek! I often think of giving some of mine the chop and do it to the odd piece not uncommonly. But all at once….? I don’t think I could do it……! I did actually throw some beads out today however…..plastic ones that looked a bit like sweeties that I just knew that I wouldn’t use, nor would I wish to foist them onto anyone else, such was their horrid ness! Lovely new jewellery and I do appreciate a good pet-shot too :-)

    • I can highly recommend it – clearing out all those tired ‘Expired’ and ‘Inactive’ listings was good. I think Dexy will be featuring more often from now on!

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