Friday, May 8, 2015

Lampwork Lovelies

Hi.  My name is Skylar and I am a lampwork bead hoarder.

But, sometimes it's good to force yourself to let go of things.  Don't ask me why it's good, 'cause I don't know.  I'm just trying to sound rational.  Or, maybe, justify buying more lampwork.  'Cause, you know, pretty things are also good for the soul.

A stash box
About a year ago, I set aside some lampwork sets to make necklaces and bracelets with.  For me. ME.  'Cause I never make jewelry for myself AND I can't bear to part with my lampwork.  But it makes no sense to have it all sitting in a box on a shelf collecting dust.

So, here's what I pulled:

A nice neutral selection.  For those days when I have to impress someone in academia and not appear to be a hippy/feminist/boat-rocker.  I'm thinking I'll pair this with some copper druk beads.

Some bracelet sets.  More neutrals.  I think I'm misrepresenting myself here.  I really don't wear neutrals very often.  Of course, I've already made up about 10 lampwork bracelets.  In purples.  And greens.  And blues.

Back to necklaces.  I wish I could remember where I found this clay figure.  I love some more.  I think she's pretty old.  And, I'm undecided on whether I'll really include her in a necklace, but...  These lampwork beads are from a fabulous artist in Israel, Pearly Karpel.  Years ago, when I first started collecting lampwork, I won one of Pearly's Ebay auctions.  I think it was 167 beads, for about $1 a bead.  And these are some gorgeous beads!  So gorgeous that I haven't let myself use any of them.  Until now.

Loving this set too.  Or at least how I see it in my head, in necklace form.  I think the yellow set is from Laffinggull.  The blue pendant is from Julsbeads.  I'm going to add some kyanite beads and some silver.  The pictures don't show it, but there's some yellow threads running through the blue bead that match perfectly.

This necklace will be lots of fun to do.  Very sparkly.  I got these gorgeous lampwork flowers from Terri Wlaschin, now of Shanty Creek Beads.  I've paired them here with champagne colored crystals, which matches the glass overlay of the lampwork.  Not sure what else I'll put with this.  But I want a long, drapey necklace.

My goal is to have these done by the end of summer.  So I can have something new and fun to wear when school starts in the fall.

(I'm on such an academic calendar.  This is my first week of summer break and I'm already thinking about fall.  Silly.)

1 comment:

  1. These are all gorgeous beads! I am especially drawn to the bottom two photos. Cannot wait to see the finished necklaces!!!