I recently had the opportunity to pick out some Swarovski crystals from the wide selection over at ArtBeads. I have been really interested in some of the newer shapes of Swarovski pendants that have been coming out, and also the great new colors! So this was a good opportunity to try out some new things. I chose the five pendants above: a Sprig Coral pendant in Golden Shadow,
a Lily pendant in Silver Shade, an Orchid pendant in Olivine, a Dragonfly pendant in Crystal Satin, and a Rock pendant in Topaz. I am very pleased with all of these and am looking forward to working with them. I think I will make 4 or 5 necklaces with them, and I am thinking of making some resin links from which to hang them from in complimentary colors and themes. Sounds like fun, huh?
I am going to continue my weekend of fun and friends, and try not to overheat (whew, its steamy out there!) I shall leave you with this week's Extra links:
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
There are a couple of new bead and blog books on the shelves at Barnes & Noble! Lorelei's got the scoop!
A Bead A Day
A Crystallized "Square Ring"! If you have never seen a "square ring", stop by A Bead A Day to see how it has been incorporated into a bracelet.
Jean helped deliver two babies this week: a new nephew and a new bracelet design
About.com Jewelry Making
Too Much Jewelry Business Success? Is it really possible? And if so, what do you do about it?
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi explains how she made her glue gun leather brooch.
Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene announces the August monthly challenge theme - a beautiful woodcut print.
Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
Looking to create a pendant from one of her antique button treasures, Cindy tries her hand at mold making.
The simple spiral square stitch can add pizazz to your projects. Learn this easy stitch with an easy-to-follow tutorial!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
The BIG REVEAL is here! Check out Andrew's submission to the Use the Muse II contest!