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Hey everyone! As a new contributor to Art Bead Scene, this is my first Studio Saturday post. I am pretty excited about this and since it is my first I wanted to make it extra special. It also happens that I am getting ready to debut a bunch of new designs and colors so the timing couldn't be better.
Usually, I am working on bright and funky beads like these pictured above. I really love color and a looser feel to beads. I collect folk art and wish I could be a folk artist. I consider myself one even though most folk artists are self taught. Darn college degree in ceramics!As for the new work, when I was writing my book Ceramic Bead Jewelry, I got to play a lot with new techniques, colors, surfaces, etc. It was a ton of fun and it really got my creative juices flowing. It got me thinking that I would really like to make some beads for fall, you know more muted colors, but still fun of course. I set out on my adventure in bead making and came up with what I think is great stuff.
It has taken me almost a year to come up with the finished product. Here they are.
These colors are from glazes, I usually use underglazes when I paint my beads. Underglazes stay where you want them. Glazes move and flow some in the kiln. I really like that on these beads because each on is a little different.These are long charms, I can see them used as components in earring or as pendants.
Squares, Circles, and flowers(not pictured) make up this collection of what I call stackers. These are great for just that, stacking up and getting lots of good color in your creations.
When I design jewelry I like unique elements and findings. I also like beads and components that serve a purpose. These are some fun links.
These flower pendants can be strung through the hole or you can use the wire loops for linking together.
So my question of the week would be; which style of new bead is your favorite? If you leave an answer you could win one of my new flower pinwheel pendants.
Have a super Saturday!