Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mid-Week Mutterings - Copper Crazy

Got on a copper kick tonight. Needed to order more Antique Copper Meadow beads from Artbeads to finish the necklace I was stringing, so that will sit aside until the order arrives. While I was at it, I also got some Antique Copper Woodland beads, too. The necklace uses hessonite and champagne freshwater pearls I got at the Rings & Things roadshow, sunstone faceted roundells from Lima Beads and tiny copper bead caps, which you can also find at Rings & Things, from my local bead store, Global Beads.

The other necklace features an 'add a bead' neckwire in copper and vintage copper coated steel twisted curb chain from The Beadin' Path, some frosted peach glass beads with textured triangular impressions, twisted copper loops, and copper wire I also picked up at Global Beads and copper beads and headpins from Rings & Things. I'm almost done, some minor tweeks still needed.

The vintage chain is really lovely - a satin finish makes it gleam rather than shine, looks great with the peach beads, and since I have 6 of them left and plenty of chain, they'll probably wind up together in another necklace soon.

And that's all for my midweek mutterings, it's late and I'm worn out. Tomorrow I have a great interview feature for you, so don't miss it: Lisa from A Bead A Day!

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Blogger SmuTopia Jewelry said...

I love what you're doing with the copper! I've been working with brass and copper more lately for a different look--hopefully we'll be on the leading edge of a trend :)

June 17, 2009 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thanks! I've always liked working with copper and am glad to see a lot more to work with at my suppliers these days.

June 17, 2009 at 7:11 AM  
Anonymous spamwarrior said...

Do you ever get any stuff from Fire Mountain Gems? You're so creative!

June 17, 2009 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Spamwarrior, thank you!

And yes, I do occasionally order from Fire Mountain. The volume discounts have been a great help to me in the past when I was building up my inventory and tools. I've gotten some semi-precious gemstone orders from them that were wonderful, others not so much.

Then a friend of mine told me something that got me looking for other distributors. I don't know for sure if it's verifiable, so I don't pass it along and certainly wouldn't recommend against buying from them, but I'd rather be cautious personally.

June 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I love copper!! I was wondering if you keep all your design ideas and inventory in your head or if you have some kind of great system (you can share) for keeping everything straight.

June 17, 2009 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

ideas, inventory, system? what are those?

:-D I try to keep a photo inventory on Flickr and occasionally do sketch an idea. But I'm not as organized as I'd like to be. Just kind of stumble through it right now. Day job makes it a bit hard to really focus because I work after it's done and I'm often pretty brain-numb.

June 17, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Dave Robertson said...

Hi Dawno,

You & I were discussing how hard it can be sometimes to bead-shop at a distance. The pairings of colors and materials shown in your workspace are a great example of the kinds of stuff someone might want to get in a single order. They all go well together. Love that hessonite!


June 18, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Dave - and so true, I know it's a competitor site, but the Lima Beads "Fresh Pick" feature is a really clever way of creating a visual that gives you a good way of matching up things that would work great together and then, once you finish it, there's a page created with each item that you can just click through and order. I wish all the sites I shop at had something similar...*cough*

June 18, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

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