Friday, January 29, 2010

Sneaky Peak for February!

I am so excited that I got my order today!!!  It was like Christmas.  Everything is so beautiful, shiny and sparkly...gotta love that!  So, I decided I'd give you a sneak peak as to what I will be using in my February Bead Journal piece...

First up, I have 6mm Glass Hearts in amethyst and 8mm Crystalized Hearts also in amethyst.  The facets on the crystalized hearts are very cool!  I tried to put them in slightly different positions so you could see how the light reflects off them.  I have a piece that lavender in it, and I thought the amethyst would go nicely. 

I honestly love these two.  The pearlescent finish on the Cat's Eye is wonderful.  Simply luscious!  I was very surprised by the weight of the Antique Copper Celtic Hearts.  They are no flimsy cheap beads, that's for sure!  And I love Celtic designs, so I'm happy to be working with that in my next project.  I'm definitely going to have to get more of this type in the future.

I thought these Czech Glass Large Bell Flowers in amethyst and Matte Smoked Topaz Resin Buttercup Flowers would make a nice addition to all the hearts I've picked out for my Bead Journal Project piece.  (btw, you can click on any of the pics to see a larger view.)

I bought a pendant a few weeks ago for February's piece and now I have all the things I need to go with it.  (I also have seed beads of all sizes and I might decide to use some bugles too). BUT I'm not going to show you the pendant yet.  You have to come back to see that and I'll show my piece as it develops in stages.  I have ideas swirling in my head, but if you do improvisational bead embroidery you know that what you have in your head is not always what comes out on the fabric.  Actually, for me it rarely comes out the way I initially envision it, but at least it gives me a jumping off point.  And, I'm usually happy with the way it turns out in the end.  So I'll get to working on it...come back and see how it goes!

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Magpie Sue said...

Ooo, I like those celtic hearts! May have to go check out Artbeads!

Dees said...

Thank you and so much for posting a pic of the celtic heart beads! Just last night I wanted to draw something like that for my januari piece (just a little time before I finish) but didn't succeed. Those knots are so intricate. I am not at home at the moment (I am unipolar and BPS) so started anyway in another direction thinking that what my own heart was telling me must have been wrong. I left my work feeling quite unsatisfied and telling myself I would have to complete it the way I started. Thank you for setting me on track again. When I pick it up later today, I will undo what I did and use these inspiring beads to listen to my heart!
Hope you will be using them soon in any of you pieces.

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

dees, artbeads has quite a few celtic knot beads in circles and diamonds as well as the hearts. if you are using knots, you might want to check them out because they might compliment your piece nicely.