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Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Stash JAC August Blog Carnival

This months topic is my stash... the question arises my stash of what.... I am an invertible hoarder and because I live in the middle of nowhere and shipping is a really big part of anything I buy... I don't just buy one piece of copper I buy 8, I don't just buy the package of seed beads I need I buy one of every colour that I think I might want to use in the next century... but you've seen my seed beads and my glass rods  (if you want to see them again), That leaves; my stash of prototype jewellery and jewellery I've made for monthly challenges.. but I actually think that's another topic... and my latest 'New Love' torch fired enamelling...

      4mm enamelled brass melon beads
 I just love the colour... I know yo can make solid coloured glass beads but these are just so much more vibrant!
This is actually just a small sampling of my stash of filigree beads... I have to keep them in plastic bags or the cats would 'steal' them... they have magnets on their collars for our cat door... I've seen them walking round the house dragging pliers... I'm sure they would just love to acquire a collection of these beads!

Actually I've been playing with filigree beads and enamels now for 18 months... I really like the fact that jewellery made from these beads really fits my criteria of 100% handmade... I guess I'm not really making the beads.. but I think they are being modified to the point that they have become my beads... (although my cats would dispute that they are "MY" beads....)

Then there are the bouquets of enameled headpins and the  toggles and the pinwheels and lighthouses and  jars of enamel and....

If you would like to take a look at other peoples stashes ... click on the following links!
Bead Sophisticate
Violet Moon
Valentine Studio 
Cat's Wire 
Jewelery Art By Dawn

7 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

You are just having some fun...

BluMoon said...

You are enjoying your summer, the enamelled beads are so bright and cheery, how is the garden doing? We have had almost non stop rain since April yuk! this year promised to be full of flowers not brown soggy things hanging on the shrubs:(
Jackie

Islandgirl said...

Totally foggy and soggy here now... up until it started to rain.. (seems like that was about 3 weeks ago now) it was actually really dry. Most of my flowers have been beaten down by the rain or eaten by the DEER! I keep finding flowers they've chewed off and then spat out!

Cat said...

Mmmm, those enameled beads are so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing pics!

Carole said...

I love the enameled beads. I'm just getting into that myself. So far all I have is a large collection of the bare beads.

JewelryArtByDawn said...

I love what you are doing with filigree beads and enamel - they're gorgeous! You have a beautiful stash!

Sharyl said...

What beautiful enameled beads! I would like to learn someday! You've gone a step beyond the ordinary with all the exotic shapes and colors! Fun!