Today I'm going to make the focal bead and all of the spacers for this piece. I'm thinking a beaded chain would be a nice closure. The armature wire is 14 gauge, so it needs something a little more substantial than my usual plain sterling silver chain.
Fire Mountain Gems & Beads has just advertised online that they've got some beautiful new colors of Swarovski flower beads. These are not in the current catalog. If you don't receive their newsletter to keep up with new offerings, you can sign up for it here.
Here in Massachusetts, we're going to have a nor'easter this weekend! Lots of time for beading :-)
I've started a new piece, and instead of my usual fabric base for bead embroidery, I'm doing this one free-form, with peyote and netting stitches. And anything else that it occurs to me to throw in! The armature is 14 gauge sterling silver wire, bent and hammered flat.
I had an interview with the local paper today to talk about my jewelry and mixed media work. It was fun but kind of tiring, having to think hard about how I phrased my answers. "Winter Sunrise" is one of the pieces that they decided (I think) to feature, because of the story that went along with it. All of the antique buttons were given to me by a girlfriend who died last year. She had been sick for a long time, and I made the piece prior to her death. No amount of money could ever get me to part with it!
Mostly what they wanted to talk about was the HGTV spot, and what difference that had made in my business. I think they might have been looking for a rags to riches story...sorry to disappoint, but I have always felt rich! Blessed beyond measure, if you want to know the truth :-)