Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Work in Progress: Brand New Beads

Right now there are some really exciting things happening on my bead tray: I’m about to open several hanks and strands of new beads. It’s one of those great moments in beading, where everything is just right. The palette is selected, the pattern sketched out, and - best of all - fresh, untouched beads are ready to go to work.

Mystery Beadwork and Hank Opening in Progress

There are two projects just about to begin. The first is a new top secret bracelet with some natural and ancient inspiration. The second is medallion number five, featuring a brand new scarab color. These amazing little Czech beads are surprisingly hard to come by, so it’s always nice when a strand pops up in a favorite shop.

Last week’s collar is finally finished. The colors didn't have the tribal effect that I was looking for, but they do have an amazing summer feel that draws you right in. Now that the Egyptian Gods challenge is over, I’m looking forward to more simple experiments with color in collars, just to see what happens.

Summer Spice Collar

What are you working on right now?

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