The boxes arrived with a call from my favorite postal worker, Cathy, on Christmas Eve. She is always looking out for me! She didn't want me to miss the BIG Heavy boxes arriving just before the holiday. I am so glad that she called. I was able to sit and drink in all the shapes and textures over a wonderful evening of wine and delicious food.
With so many well known and accomplished beaders in the group I feel like a real newbie.
It was wonderful to touch the wonderful handmade beads in this collection and also to examine so many different manufactured beads that I would not normally notice when making selections for myself online in shops or at shows. I was even impressed with everyone's promotional materials!
The pieces I chose to keep from the box were either Art Beads from artists whom I admire or manufactured beads with shapes I found inspiring.
And um, YEAH.... Dee Wilder!!!! I am the biggest fan! I drool over my computer screen at Dee's work! I have never before seen any of her beads in person. This, I HAD TO HAVE! It was so hard to chose one. (There are many more in the box~~ LUCKY YOU!)
Lastly I chose a wonderful glass bead that I will guess is from Linda Roberts (please correct me if I am wrong), and interestingly shaped connector/pendant/bead made of shell(many more in the box), and some head pins from theholebeadshop.com I really like the layering effect in this glass bead.
And so you may be thinking that I made out pretty well..... and perhaps wondering about my contributions...
Here they are.... all beads I made out of stoneware clay and in some, I added recycled glass.
Cabochons! and Donut :-)
So many of you are bead weavers that I had to be sure to include plenty of cabochons!
Pendants, Charms and Connectors...
Some funky porcelain disc beads that I am currently in love with making.....
An assortment of stoneware beads, links, pendants and buttons...
And lastly some smoke fired beads.