Whee! So busy here at the studio. I have been working all day, every day, all week to get ready for the Bead & Button show. We leave on Wednesday, so I don't have much time to get it all together. There are beads everywhere! I finally brought all my trays and dishes upstairs and have them laid out on the shipping desk to organize.
One of the things I enjoy about the process is how the different steps transition to order, then to chaos, then to order, then chaos again. I think it appeals to whatever OCD sorts of tendencies that I have... creating order from the chaos. It can be very satisfying. The picture at the top is from my kiln this morning, all the same sized charms, all in pewter/bare clay, all neatly lined up. It was so pretty I took a picture! Then I piled it all onto a big tray to bring upstairs... chaos again! I enjoy the part of removing the charms and beads from the wires and organizing them again. Today, I paired up the link pairs with jump rings. Look at them all! I finally am starting to feel like I am the one in charge here, not the beads.
I love these so much. They look like old newsprint or sepia toned photographs. I really hope people like these at the show next week. As I look at the stock I have, I can see that it is almost entirely new work and pretty different from my work 2-3 years ago. I'm feeling a little nervous about it, as its kind of a big risk. But I do love what I am making lately.
Time to get back to reigning in the bead chaos! I have about 2 or 3 kiln firings left and lots more organization. I will continue with the last 5 days of giveaways this week, so come back and see what I have to offer in the next five days. And if you are coming to Bead & Button, come say hi to me in booth 1227! Here are this week's Extra Links:
About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy is getting back to the basics, starting with jewelry making tools. What is your must have tool?
Gearing up for that big bead show coming up? ABS has the top ten tips for your bead buying trip!
Barbe is having a "City of Love" giveaway!!!
Chapter two of Cyndi's e-book is available for download! "Altered Surfaces" begins the exploration of the exchange between mixed media and bead embroidery!
A handmade bezel results in a new necklace for Carmi called FAITHFUL.
A set of smokey quartz beads inspires a new necklace.
Melanie celebrates her 1000th blog post with Ten Days of Giveaways!
Jean reviews Nathalie Mornu's Leather Jewelry, a bang-up book.
Get the 411 about BeadStyle's gorgeous All Star Issue!
Lorelei has been answer some of her reader's questions from a previous giveaway post. Read up on what everyone wants to know!
Jean is thrilled to be in BeadStyle magazine's July All Star issue, with pals Tammy Powley, Heather Powers, and Katie Hacker who made the cover so beautiful! Come and see!
It's Melissa's turn to review Kate McKinnon's fabulous Sculptural Metal Clay
The prize for this week's Thursday Giveaway comes courtesy of Green Girl Studios! Find out how you can get ahold of these fine pewter beauties!
The Staples of Jewelry Making