Moved: New Home

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Big Beads in Pink and Purple

I haven’t gotten bored with my big beads yet. There is something endlessly intriguing about playing with colors and patterns — although, I guess you could say that about a lot of types of art!

I still like the black and white big beads the best, but Keith says he really likes these.

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Industrial Chic 2

Every now and then it’s fun to play with purchased components. Most of the dangles on this necklace come from big box craft stores, like Michael’s Arts and Crafts and JoAnn Fabrics. However, some do come from a locally owned¬† store, Wisconsin Craft Market. I like it when I can buy local.

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Variation on Subtle

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When I make my Big Beads, I also slice off some flat disks, because I love to play with them as individual beads, too.¬† Here’s the whole necklace:

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More Subtle Than Usual

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I’m back to making my big beads. This time, I decided to force myself to try an unusual and more subtle palette than I usually choose. I like it more than I thought I would, but I think the contrast could be a little better. The gold clay sparkles more than I expected.

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Industrial Chic

Although the core of my beading life is making and using my original polymer clay beads, sometimes a girl just has to string. There are so many truly interesting components out there — like the Industrial Chic line — that I can’t ignore them. This necklace uses pieces I collected from a variety of craft stores. It was fun to collect the pieces — and it was fun to put them together.

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Pretty In Pink

I went to the Madison Bead Show a few weeks ago with $30 in my purse. That seemed a like a reasonable, if tight, budget, but I’d forgotten that you pay $7 to get in! I prowled the market carefully, trying to figure out the best way to spend my remaining cash.

Mostly, I spent it on seed beads, but I had to have this pink flower bead, crafted by Tanya McGuire. Isn’t it awesome? I had to start making it into a bracelet the minute I got home. It was a very fun piece to work on.

I had to pass up a lot of lovely beads. But at least I rode my bike. Otherwise, I’d been out another $6!

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And The Big Beads Roll On.

ImageImageHere they are in pink, black and white. I’m just loveing these!

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Big Blue Beads

You know me: I can’t resist inserting color.

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Big and Bold

These are my new passion. They are big — with the beads ranging up to 1 inch in diameter — and bold. I love the high contrast of the colors and the more subtle texture of the beads. I did not roll them to a flat surface; instead, the slices lie on top of the bead itself.

I’m not sure where I got the idea for using cane slices as bead caps, but I’m thinking it might be a Donna Kato innovation. If so, thanks, Donna. It is an intriguing idea and I’m sure I’ll go further with it!

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