Saturday, July 10, 2010

Beautiful lampwork glass beads from Auntie's Beads


I received this surprise package of glorious lampwork glass beads last week, and I'm in an uproar trying to decide what to do with them.  At the moment, I am enjoying just looking at them and fondling them!  I have two ideas, and I think there are more than enough beads to try out both of them.

Idea #1 - I think I'm going to use the oval beads and the round beads right above them to accent a right angle weave rope that I've been intending to try.  The rope can be found in Marcia DeCoster's book Beaded Opulence.  Assuming that I do make this piece, I'll share pictures of it when I'm done.

Idea #2 - The opaque beads with the stripes and the dots are just so much fun!  I'm thinking that they might make really good wired clusters along with some seed beads and maybe a few pearls or crystals.  Those wired clusters would then be either stitched to an embroidered piece or linked to a mixed media chain piece.  I'm not sure yet.  What do you think?

Starting from the upper left corner and going clockwise:

Lampwork Square Bead, Green with Tan Stripe, 14mm
Lampwork Disc, Blue Swirl, 15mm

Lampwork Oval Blue/Gold Swirl, 15 x 30mm
Lampwork Disc, Green with Khaki Dots, 20mm
Lampwork Disc, Green with Khaki Dots, 16mm (in the center) 

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received these lampwork glass beads free of charge from Auntie's Beads in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.


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