Since last time

It’s been over two weeks since I last blogged.  Tsk tsk…  I’ve had some distractions – visiting London to meet my new nephew being the one of the pleasanter ones.  There have also been new beads and some new jewellery designs.  I planned to say more about a number of these things than I will do here, and I will say more in time.  Perhaps it’s the impact of listening to George Osborne’s voice for 54 minutes, but I’m feeling a little short on chat today!

I’ve made quite a lot of beads recently.  I’ve been wanting to try some text-y beads and charms for a while now.  I made a bit of an error before I started, when I ordered my stamps.  As I often do when I order things online, I failed to consider how large the letters were.  Once I opened them up, I realised they were quite large.  I had planned to put little phrases on things but with these stamps I’d be limited to very large pendants if I did that. So, I opted for single words. The matter of what words to use is something I’m going to come back to.  Briefly, for now, I picked words associated with intimacy and constance – fitting for jewellery, I thought.

new words 4 blog

I was anxious with these that they shouldn’t end up looking like Swoondimples rip-offs, especially as the font on the stamps looks very similar.  I hope I’ve avoided that – please do say if you disagree!  It becomes quite hard to tell once you’ve looked at something and fussed over it for some time.  There were quite a number of attempts that ended up in the dud tub, but I’m fairly pleased with this handful.  New, smaller letter stamps are on order.

I also got some new birds and houses made.  A number have sold but these are still available.  bird and house top up

I also finally got around to sending some new stock to Big Bead Little Bead.   There are more houses there now, along with owls and hedgehogs.

And now for the new jewellery.  Hopefully, I’ll get these listed on Etsy shortly.

scribed bracelet

(bronze clasp – TheaTOO, ceramic hoop and cap – Scorched Earth)

rusted indigo

(ceramic button – Scorched Earth, polymer slices – mepale bird bracelet

(ceramic bird – Blueberribeads)

I had to use that Blueberribeads bird to justify getting some more, this time in grey.

grey bird earrings

I got a bit behind with the AJE earring challenge, so I had to make up several pairs.

spring dahlia earrings

(lampwork dahlia beads – Ciel Creations, lampwork headpins – Earthshine Beads)

And I finally got a pair made with my own beads.  These pods are also available in the bead shop.

pod earrings

I’ll leave you with one last pair of earrings.  No art beads, just lovely czech glass and some vintage, antique silver hoops.  I’ll be back soon – I have Bead Soup Blog Party pics to share.

opal glass coin wreaths

New Beads

The new beads are all listed in the bead shop.  There are a number of new designs.  I’d had some of them in mind to make for some time, including these pods.  One pair is ‘side-drilled’ at the back of the pod, so they’ll drop down nicely when strung.  They’d be great focals in a row of dainty beads.  The other, smaller, pair, with central holes, are perfect for earrings – I’m planning to make a pair shortly.

pod pairs for blog

I also made some pod bead sets.

pod sets for blog

I’ve been thinking about making some bead sets for a while now.  As well as these pod sets, I wanted to make some focusing on colour combinations, using palettes I particularly like.  I had to include those faded shades, which I wrote about recently.

bead sets for blog

And yes, there are yet more pods in there – I think that set is my favourite.  Recently, I’ve been looking out for different types of rings and hoops.  I’ve started to use them a lot because they’re so versatile – as connectors, in toggle clasps, as a base for pendants, as an eye for hook clasps.  They also look good when you knot off them.  So, I wanted to try making some myself.  I’ve long admired/coveted Paper Statement bangles, so they provided some inspiration for these.  The first ones turned out larger than I’d planned, but they could be used as pendants or focal connectors.

ombre pendant

With a bit of playing about, I managed to get them down to a smaller size.

ombre hoops for blog

I’m going to make more of these to use myself.  They’d work well in bracelets, I think.  They look quite clean and crisp.  You’d get a nice contrast if you mixed them with some aged chain or dark oxidised wire.  With the remains of the green-blue blend I made these spine beads.spine beads 1

Again, they’d look good pointing out of a row of dinky beads.

What else is there?  Well, I thought I’d better top up the old favourites.

new two tone owls for blog

There should have been three two-tone pairs but the black one was too small to match, which was quite annoying because these pairs seem to be rather popular.  There are new weathered houses and smaller hedgehogs too.

houses and hodgehegs for blog

Then there’s these cane slice sets.  They’re very simple but I like them.  Again, they’d be good in a knotted bracelet.

sunspots slice sets for blog

I also listed a couple of older designs.  I came across a box of beads I made some time ago – I’d forgotten all about them.

rose beads for blog

I only have a limited number of these, so if you want some snap them up now.

Finally, there’s also some new pendants.

pendants for blog

Phew!  That’s a lot of new beads.  No wonder my hands were in a state.  If there’s anything you fancy, here’s where you click to shop!