I have a long-time customer, Candy, who has a bracelet made with my beads listed in her etsy shop! She just left a really nice comment on my giveaway blog post. She mentioned that a good cure for the February Blah's is to buy beads, from ME! I think that' s a great idea! Here's a photo of the bracelet made with the Elegance beads, and a link to her store!
Months ago, I took a class at ArtBliss given by Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. It involved learning how to make torch-fired enamel beads. I loved it - as you may be able to guess. Barbara did teach us how to fuse items into a flat pendant, but we didn't spend a lot of time on that process, as the day seemed to go so fast! I was making enameled pieces the other night, and due to my own ineptness (remember the big toe burn???) I was able to fuse these two pieces together totally by accident. Now of course, it isn't a usable piece. However, now that I know how to do it, I can see some pieces like this in my future! I can't wait to get more copper cutouts!