Friday, December 3, 2010

Another California Adventure!

This post was written by Leslie and posted by Carol Dean.

There were so many things to look at and think about in those two LARGE bead boxes! I tried not to be too greedy, only took two of Lisa's pretty cabs, some cool buttons and beads, some crystal sequins and maybe
got a little carried away on the brass stampings! Not to worry, there are still lots of them in the boxes.

Six strands, two sizes, very blingy iridescent crystal cubes!

A selection of pretty green beads in my favorite shades, some vintage, some new, some Swarovski 4mm emerald AB crystals, Swarovski 12mm Tahitian pearls, some blue crackle beads, matte blue 4mm cube beads, and a few lampworked beads.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love weaving pinch beads, so I've included a few strands of some of my favorite colors. Also a couple strands of one of my favorite semiprecious, tiger's eye beads.

Sunny yellow 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals, lava beads, a beautiful glass gunmetal pendant with a woman's profile, little vintage green cabochons, yellow jade(?) carved double dragon pendant, and the tool I cannot bead without--the blue handle bead awl! I use it to open knots (just pierce the knot and slide it open), break beads without damaging thread by pushing through the hole, and for unweaving stitches. It's really indispensable!

Some purple iris "power" hand beads, a purple glass heart, four pairs of Swarovski rivolis in a variety of shapes and sizes, 5 elongated metallic melon beads, some matte lavendar 4mm cubes, some pretty peach glass beads, and a bag of curved petal beads in a metallic eggplant color.

Four hanks of high-quality Czech 11/0 seed beads and one hank of beautiful bronzey Czech charlottes!

It really hurts to give these up, four strands of double-hole vintage marquis-shaped, faceted nailhead beads, three in gunmetal, one in white.  The lighting gave the warm gold highlights to the gunmetal nailhead beads, it's not really there.   Also, some lovely star-shaped sterling silver beadcaps and four vintage metal/rhinestone spacers.  I know they're all going for a good cause, so it doesn't hurt that much.

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