My boyfriend (Keith aka Boyfriend) picked up lampworking around February of 2012. Since then it has taken quite some time to get him motivated on doing anything serious with it but after he recently invested in a new torch set up and an ever so kind friend (Dean Abner of Bubby & McGurk Beads sent him some WONDERFUL resources) he's finally getting into his groove!! I can't say how excited I am to have a partner who cares enough to find a way to make himself a part of my hobby! This blog is my way of sharing that with you my followers and random viewers. In this blog I will show off some of my favorite sets and some pieces made using the up and coming "Boyfriend's Beads". You can follow him on Facebook or check out his Etsy shop for more info and samples! I also have some older sets in my photos on my Facebook as well. Feel free to join us in our networking!! :)
And here they are ladies and gentlemen. Some of my favorite sets/pieces of "Boyfriend's Beads"
are what I refer to as the "Peacock Pattern". Not sure where that came
from but it sticks. I was browsing a bead store and found the most
perfect feathers for these.. here's a sample.
one of my favorite sets of Keith's beads are what we call the "Tiger
Pattern". The peacock set was one of his first sets and shortly
thereafter came the tiger set. So rich in color I fell hard for these
as of lately Boyfriend has been getting into some specialty glass and
frits. I can say I am REALLY enjoying that part! Some of my favorite
specialty sets I'm having a very hard time parting with, and one I've
already decided to keep.
last set is one I kept for myself. I made a nifty leather wrap that
showcase the beads and have 2 beads left to make matching earrings. I
LOVE this set!!!
also made some other random pieces with some beads focusing moreso on
the piece as a whole as opposed to trying to showcase the beads. They
ended up being some great fillers!
I used a set where the frit hadn't quite turned. I thought it was
perfect for spring. As things are just starting to bloom, so was the
this piece, the specialty green set with accenting sea foam green beads
worked GREAT with my stamped and painted focal. I couldn't be more
happy with this piece!
this one I used some "Messy Olive" glass beads to add to my acorn
stamped and painted focal. This one looks better in person!
had this sea horse for years now. It finally came together for me with
some of Boyfriend's creamy glass and light transparent green dots. Just
goes to show... there will come a time for EVERY bead piece you collect.
(Told ya Mom! hahah)
is the last one I promise! You should really click the image on this
one to enlarge the photo and see the beads. I was going for something
beachy when I picked this glass out. The black was a total fluke. Did
not expect it but I loved it. It reminded me of black beach stones. So
the bead, to me, has blue for water, white sandy tone for white sandy
beaches, and black for the beach stones. The sari silk and pendant give
it an Island feel and the pearls and Swarovksi crystals jazz it up a bit while the riverstone ties it all together.
are just so many possibilities in jewelry and that's why I love it so
much. The creativity is never ending. There are always new avenues to
explore. So explore some "Boyfriend's Beads" and see what kind of inspiration he can ignite in your designs!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Bead soup is an amazing event I think all beaders should take part in at least ONCE in their lifetime. It will be a memorable moment I promise you! The event was created and is managed by the AMAZING Lori Anderson from Pretty Things Blog. Lori is beyond amazing actually. How this woman organizes an event with over 500 people involved as well as manage her other priorities, health and of course her little one, I will never know but bless her for it because it is TRULY a rewarding experience.
How does it work you might ask? Well she picks you a partner, you send eachother a focal, clasp, and coordinating beads. On your reveal date, you show what you've made with the items! So without further adieu.. I give you my bead soup. But first... a reminder of what my partner Kathy Stemke, who I've rather enjoyed being partnered with, sent me!
So here is the first piece I did. Using some of the diamond shaped beads I paired it with some of my own hand dyed silk scraps and Czech glass beads. I also used one of the 2 clasps she sent. I just LOVED this clasp. I found it soooo nifty!!! I think the stone is pale labradorite, but not entirely sure.
After piecing this one together, I moved on to the super cool pink fire agates Kathy sent me. Along with some of the chain, I tied up some dangly earrings!! :0)
Sticking with the earring mode I moved on to another set of earrings, using the nifty carved pink beads from the soup
Staying with the pink, I moved along to the mighty chunky pink howlite/magnesite pieces. These were screaming "PAIR ME WITH SOME NEONS!!" So I pulled out some green and orange glass, paired it with some chain from the soup and VOILA!! A funky chunky necklace that screams LOOK AT ME!!! :0)
Moving right along I set out to do something different with the carved focal I was given. I ADORED this pendant. I had never seen something so neat!!! I really tried to pull the colors out of the pendant using some more of my hand dyed silk and some "beach glass" green beads paired with some creamy seed beads.
I must say I got some nice agates in this soup!! I really liked the green crackle agates from Kathy but wasn't sure what to do with them. I ended up just making a pendant out of the one and I think it turned out to be my second favorite piece. This was my first time attempting a wire wrapping like this so I was really happy with how it turned out.
I've saved my favorite piece for last. I was BEYOND happy with this piece. Using some copper metals to accent the brown edges of the stones, some hand dyed silks, manmade hematite to draw out the grays/blues, and some fire agate to flare it up a bit. Out came this beauty! Never have I been more happy with a Bead Soup piece!
I really enjoyed this bead soup. I greatly enjoyed my previous one as well with Grace Neff of Grace Elements Jewelry. She is such a peach!!
Kathy sent me such an amazing soup! My inspiration flared as soon as I opened all the adorable easter eggs she sent. The chocolate helped through the late nights of designing and made for a great little refuel!! I really really just genuinely enjoyed the event and I hope you who visit enjoy this blog! Head on over to Kathy's Blog and see what she did with the soup I sent her! Browse the blog list below to see the other participants!
Thank you Lori Anderson for hosting another Bead Soup event! Such a treasured time in my jewelry life! I look forward to the rest to come!