We had a holiday party last week at the shop, and may I just say: Champagne punch. We had some kick-ass champagne punch. And a lot of fun! It was absolutely pouring rain, complete with thunder and lightning, but we had a great turnout, and a terrific time.
I have very little time to be creative, but I spent about an hour yesterday photographing the things I have made since I bought the shop - and over the next few days, I hope to have these listed either on Etsy or Artfire.
In the meantime, here's a preview:
I love this beaded byzantine bracelet! I used 16 gauge copper rings, and gorgeous cobalt blue lampwork beads.
I made this Sunday as a sample for the chainmaille class I'm scheduled to teach in January.
Classic black and white herringbone bracelet, made with white 4mm glass cubes, and black size 6 seed beads, and then embellished with black size 11s. Then I found this great vintage black and white button to use as a closure.
This is one of the more popular beadweaving classes I teach.
I came upon this gorgeous freeform carnelian cab which had been set in a sterling silver bezel.
These are the matching earrings.
I taught myself the Dutch spiral, and this is my first attempt - I used size 8 Delicas, in a rich mauve color, and dark pink galvanized elevens.
It started out to be a simple rope, but then I saw how well it went with this gorgeous painted jasper focal, and here's the result.
I stiched a large bail with the same beads as the rope, and added some embellishing fringe.
This is a fun bracelet - simple peyote stitch using 3 different sizes of seed beads, which gives a ruffle effect.
This bracelet is royal purple, but purple never photographs well for me - maybe I'll learn the secret one day.
This wire wrapped bracelet was a nightmare!
I love the colorful ruby in zoisite focal bead. I love the bracelet, and it fits like a dream, and is very comfortable.
But it is truly one-of-a-kind for me, because it was the hardest thing I have ever done, and I will never make another one!
These aren't the only things I have made over the last 5 months, because several things have actually already sold, but I still hate that my creative time is so reduced by the amount of time and energy it takes to run a small business!
So, Happy Holidays to everyone, in case I can't get back here anytime soon!