Sabtu, 20 November 2010

Studio Saturday with Humblebeads

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

This week's winner  is commenter Winchell Clayworks!  Congratulations!!

You have won a set of tin components from Lorelei Eurto!
Please forward an email to Lorelei with your address so she can send your items to you!

This week you are in the Humblebeads' Studio.

Lately I have been revisiting some earlier designs in new colors and different sizes.

One of things I try to do is expand on what is already in my bead line.  I create original molds for these designs, so it's a snap to press out a series of beads and play with the colors. New ideas don't always pop into my head so exploring older ideas helps during these dry times!  Well not really dry, I'm just very busy working on jewelry for a show and finishing my book.  (Yeah!)  These were color combinations I had tucked away in a sketchbook and whipped them up this week.

Now these three I created first to use in jewelry for a holiday show.  I like designs like snowflakes - they can be worn after the holidays or no matter what you celebrate during December.  I also wanted to create something in a lower price range that would be a sweet gift idea.  I made snowflakes last month, but these are smaller and in brighter colors but use the same mold.

A simple pendant with the snowflake focal, a rhinestone bead, pearl and resin on a gunmetal black chain.  I love gunmetal chain, this one is from Rings & Things and I always have a few dozen in the studio. 

So that leads me to my question for this week's Studio Saturday:

What findings or beads do you stock up on like there is a bead apocalypse on the horizon?

Mine are gunmetal chains and metal seeds in copper and nickel.  Love those things!  Leave a comment below for a chance to win one of my snowflake pendants.

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