by Staci L. Smith
I have a little lull between shows, NO shows in August. Really, I should be prepping for the next, which is mid-september, or taking special orders. Instead, I am
just playing. It's when I am at my happiest.
I have taken time to go to a local Music Festival that my husband and I have been attending together for about 15 years or more. We even had the chance to take the kids. You can read a little bit about it here.
I have also made time to play with bead making. I don't know about you, but I have a sketch book that is full of ideas and notes that I never seem to have to time to bring to life (ok, its not a sketch book, its more like a pile of paper scraps in a bin). Well, I made time to try one of them.
I had this vison to make my bronze and copper clay beads thicker, so instead of a flat focal or charm, they could be drilled through the middle, more like a bead. However, I didn't want them to be too heavy, and wasn't up for the hollow bead challenge. So I thought I'd try to fill the middle with polymer. It looked great in my head, and I have wanted to do it for some time now.
I was then inspired while reading a childrens book to my kids, an old irish tale, and it had old celtic patterns and drawings in it. So I decided to make my own polymer stamps inspired by the drawings, and on the back of the bead, put irish blessings or inspirational words.
Here are a few of the "carvings" or stamps I made.
Some are kinda celtic, like the bunny, some are just doodles inspired by the celtic designs, and I made a couple versions of lotus flowers as well.
Well, the whole thing went very well, and here is my first round of beads.
And here is the first necklace I made using one. I was just so happy at how they turned out, front and back, thickness, weight, everything. I really wanted to make the bronze beads chunkier so they would lay nice next to larger round beads. The necklace includes one of my loop T loops and a raku bead from Suburban Girl Studio, along with pearls and a garnet donut.
Right now I am finishing up some beads to take with me to Bead Fest. I am participating in an art bead swap, and plan to have some available for trade too. I had fun playing with these as well. I made some really cute poppies.........
Tried my hand at headpins and even made myself a name tag pin to wear on my purse for Bead Fest with my logo on it (its not done yet, almost)
So thats it. I am finishing up summer with the kids and playing.
What's on your end of August calendar? Is there time for play?