Saturday, June 20, 2015

Manic May! Beads and More Beads!

Hi, all!  Wow, here it is almost July and I totally forgot to post my May review!  Sorry, sorry.  I've been busy.  :)

As most of you know, I was invited to join 's Glam Squad, and I very happily said yes!  I'm joined by my sweet friend Twyla Harbick and another talented bead artist, Diane Dennis.  We have the honor and privilege of working with Kelly Stevenson's new beads!  So far we have experimented with his etched drums and his etched daggers, both of which are exclusively available at Back2Bead's website.  Back2Bead also has these gorgeous textured fire polished beads and my favorite:  Magic Firepolished beads!  They're so pretty.  And the daggers!  Phenomenal!  I can't tell you how happy I was to see them.  The colors are amazing, and the texture is cool!

My first design using the etched drums and the etched daggers is Vixen, which is for sale here.

I also created a spiral rope with the new textured fire polish beads at B2B, and they make a fun and bright necklace!

Wait until you see the rope I'm making using the 3mm Crystal Magic firepolish mix!

B2B has multi-mixes of some of the beads, so you can get a little of all available colors.  The multi pack of the daggers is awe inspiring!  14 colors of daggers, 50 of each!  700 beads, y'all!  for $65.  I got a multi pack of daggers and oh man, I feel like hoarding them all because they're too pretty to use.  :)  I have my heart set on a multi mix of the dragon scale beads.  :)  I love those little buggers!

This was my last shipment and I'm in heaven.  Those daggers... just look at the colors!  I also got 3mm and 4mm Crystal magic mixes, some silver and gold plated 6s, and a Keops Par Puca mix.  The clasps are elegant and gorgeous (and strong!).  It's every girl's dream.  :)

Wow, so this all sounded like an infomercial, but I'm very happy to be working alongside Kelly, Twyla and Diane.  We're a bead family!

Oh!  Oh!  I nearly forgot to tell you!!!  I'm so proud of it, too, but my mind is always full lately.  Two of my pieces were selected to be featured in the 2015 edition of Easy Metal Jewelry magazine, and I couldn't be happier!  The magazine can be found in digital and print formats here.

Axis, appearing on pages 66-69 of Easy Metal Jewelry, 2015 edition.

Michel's Heart, appearing on pages 92-95 of Easy Metal Jewelry magazine, 2015 edition.

In other news, I have big plans for my metal studio!  I've created a list of projects because my head is spinning with ideas.  I think I'll go off on a fan art tangent a little bit.  I have a Harry Potter themed necklace I want to make, and an Autobots piece, as well as a Batman piece... and I have a dragon heart piece I'm working on that I drew myself... and I am planning to mix beads and metalwork, and beads and wire work, and well- is there ever really enough time to get it all done?

This post actually covers some of June, but I'm so late with posting.  :)  Have a good one, y'all!  Muchas Huggas!  ~Val

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