Saturday, June 29, 2013

Good Bead Production Day!

Well, good all around day. I worked my other job today as I work six days a week. Ugghhh!  But I got off at 1:30 this afternoon and came home to be greeted by my pups and kittehs. 

My funny Jessie girl - the love of my life
Juno - my goonie girl
Molly - my daughter's swimming doggie

Daisy - my old girl!
And the menagerie of kittehs

My DD was napping because she had gotten up early for a job interview.  I wondered what I was going to do with the rest of my day.   I piddled around and decided to take 3 of my dogs to the dog park that was built by Pet Safe ( thank you) a few miles away. There is a fenced area separate from the rest where the dogs can get in the lake and my pups love it!  After about an hour they had enough of swimming and chasing other dogs so we drove home and my DD was still sleeping. I got on the computer and edited listings in  my Etsy store for a couple hours and then decided to remake a few beads I have wanted to redo. I turned on the kiln and got a bunch of mandrels dipped and drying. Then I realized my DD needed to get up for work - fast! I got her up and she began telling me about her day and her job training that she will be traveling out of town for.  We started picking out clothes for her and she tried on several skirts and blouses and found a few that will work perfectly.Well,  another 40 minutes had gone by!  So, she dashed out the door to her job and I finally got on the torch! Do your days go like that, too? lol

I have a special order to fill from my Etsy shop as well as a few other beads to make. I made 12 disk beads like these - Fun and Funky Poppy Disks - but I added some black dots in the center of a couple of them and made a pair with yellow centers and a pair with coral centers. I can't wait to see them after they have cooled!
Then I made this  focal bead and matching disk beads for the special order. They are organic and they make me feel as if I am at the ocean!  I also made a new set of five silver glass beads. I can't wait til morning to see how they turned out! After that I went outside with my black doggie Jessie and pulled weeds in my flower gardens for an hour or so.  All together I made 28 beads and had a fabulous day!  Yay Saturday!  BTW, I have a 20% off Pre July 4th Sale going on right now in my Etsy Store. Check it out! Link on the right!


Friday, June 28, 2013

I Work with Metal, too!

I forgot to tell you that I work with metals, too! I do a  little soldering for bezels, metal etching, and cold working, of course!  I love metal etching because you can etch any design in your metal piece that you can outline on your piece. There are two ways: using rubber stamps and photo etching. To do photo etching you have to have a certain type of copier which I don't have so for me it's rubber stamps and/or hand drawing. Here are some pieces I have made over the last couple of years.I make most of the earwires, clasps and jump rings for my pieces.
Mendi Style Earrings

Dragonfly flight Earrings







Totem man Necklace

Sunflower Fields Pendant

Sunflower Fields Cuff Bracelet

Boho Charm and Chain Dangle Necklace


Koi Pond Etched Copper and Lampwork Necklace

Timetraveller  Copper tri metal layered disk  Necklace

Floral Lampwork Bead with Floral Copper Disks and Washer

And one of My Favorites - Sister Moon Pendant

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I Love Pink Beads!

And I have a ton to show you.  Pink is a beautiful color ranging from bright fuchsia to pale pastel in transparent and opaque and I love them all!  It is considered ultra feminine but I look at pink as a color of flowers in my garden - the same as the purples, yellows, reds and oranges!  There are some fairly new silver glass colors with which you can get fantastic hot pinks and then the standby opaque pastel pinks which are fab by themselves or mixed with other colors. Except for the silver glass colors pink glass actually has real gold in it which explains the higher prices on pink glass. So, here are some of my pink beads that I have to offer now in my Etsy shop. There are more and you can see them all there in my Etsy Store.  And I am having a 20% off Sale right now!




Pink Wildflower Garden Opaque Beads


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Customer's Creation with My Disk Beads!

These beads are called Fun and Funky Disks!  I try to come up with fabulous, fun and pretty color combos for these and this one has been the favorite by far.


And here you will see why. Deborah Kades created a  fabulous seed bead creation for sale in her shop  CaffeineGirl1 on Etsy! I absolutely love it since I am a huge fan of seed bead work! I made her some spacer beads to go with the disk set  as a thank you and she used them in this design also!
Check out her blog here http://www.caffeinegirlcreates.blogspot.com/

And you will find the bracelet for sale here! Enjoy!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154993943/bead-encrusted-cuff-in-purple-green-and?ref=shop_home_active






Monday, June 24, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop!

Oh, this sounds like fun! We all get to use beads we have hoarded and drooled over and were afraid to use for years!! We should see some beautiful beads and components in these designs!  Sign ups are closed but you can go to Lori Anderson's  blog to see  the list of participants. The blog hop is July 20th so mark your calender and get ready to see some beautiful jewelry.

Bead Soup Blog Hop


 Well, I have been in 3 BSBH Parties hosted by Lori Anderson and I lost all of my info so I am going to re post all of my creations so it will be out here in cyber world!  In this group I received the fabulous golden lentil beads that I used in the earrings and pendant of the copper washer necklace set. I added all the copper washers, wooden heishi beads, bone disks, a fabulous semi precious point on the pendant and all the copper ball head pins that I wire worked the pieces together with.



   In this gorgeous set I was sent the clasp, the silver rounds which I added some I had like it, the blue disk beads and I added the handmade ear wires, the sterling rolo chain, and the sterling silver wire I used to wire wrap the beads and chain together!  I am in love with this set!  More to come as I find the photos!


New blog!

So, did I tell you that my old blog http://cabaribeads.blogspot.com  is now http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com ? Well, I lost all of my old material when my daughter somehow got her email mixed up with my blogger account so all communication was going to her email address!  Ughhh!

So here I am PattyMillerBeads.blogspot.com

I hope you will follow my progress!
Patty

Newest Fun and Funky Lampwork Disk Beads

I am in love with this color combo! this year I planted my first reblooming hydrangeas - two of them and I am so stoked. So this disk bead set has been made in anticipation of those fabulous blooms!  I just hope I chose the right spot to plant them. lol  This set is so gorgeous in green, blues and purples. These disks range from 23m to 27 mm around. These are on sale now!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Me Again!

Well, my DD somehow got our emails and profiles combined on Google and when she deleted her profile my old blog Cabaribeads was deleted too!!  Need less to say I am not happy about having to start over but here we go!  I have a great sale in my Etsy Store - 20% off store wide! Check it out!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CabariBeads

Here are a few of the new beads I have available!