by Staci Louise Smith
At least for me it does. I have a real problem. I cannot stop collecting them. I thought it may help me to share my stash of art beads with you all. You see, when someone pours their soul into creating something, and it is one of a kind, and it happens to fit my style, well, you will see.
My love started with ceramic beads.
My ceramic bead collection started with Lisa Peters Art, and Artisan Clay, and has progressed to contain the works of Maku Studio, Artisan Beads Plus, Marsha Neal Studio, Marla's Mud, Suburban Girl Studio, Jenny Davies-Reazor and Karen Totten. If I forgot anyone, I apologize. There are years worth of beads here waiting for the perfect creation.
Oh, those are mostly the focals, I have earring components over here......
Oh yeah, and don't forget this drawer of beads in groups ready to be made into art...............
And as if that wasn't bad enough, Genea Beads offered to trade with me once, and I was hooked on glass beads.
The beads in here include Genea Beads, Unicorn Beads, Sue Beads, Molten Mayhem Beads, Jane Perala, and I think there are a couple other artists I don't remember in there. (and some czech glass down in the corner.)
Anyhow, art beads are a good way to start your art jewelry adventure. I think its great when you can find a few artists who really match your style and go from there. (uh hem, I have found more then a few, obviously)
My love of Art beads even inspired me to begin making my own
I hope you enjoyed your little tour of my stash. I am officially out of the (bead hoarding) closet now. I can honestly say that most times, it is these amazing art beads alone that inspire my designs. I am so happy to be surrounded by such art and talent from these bead artists.
So what got you started in your handmade journey? If it was beads, who had you captivated?