YAY! I finally went down to the LBS here in Hilton Head today! It's called High Tide Beads. They have lots and lots of gemstones and findings and loose beads, etc. I bought the gorgeous turquoise beads up top - it's cloudy here today so I couldn't take a picture that does the beads justice. Believe me, they are gorgeous turquoise - there are 38 10mm teardrop shaped beads. The first thing I am making with them when I get home is some earrings! The wood beads are robles wood and there's 37 10mm beads on this strand. The bottom picture is of the supplies I wanted so I can try my hand at making a beaded bead. My friend Cristi at 2ifbysea send me some directions that she uses. The only problem was they didn't have the size 15 seed beads so I bought 11. I hope it's not too big. Oh well, at least I'm going to try! My wonderful son went to the bead store with me, so I bought him a little pirate bead. I'll put it on a cellphone strap for him, or something like that. Girls just got up (12 noon) so maybe we'll go for a walk down to the Crowne Plaza gift shop that's just down the beach from us. Have a good day!
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!