Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders - Blog Hop

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things had an amazing idea - as an avid jewelry artist she realized we are all quite the same: bead hoarders! How many times have you bought beads you don't really need just because you love them? And how many times have you gone back again and again to the store and buy more, before using the previous ones?!

Lori's idea was simple: use some of those beads you love and never designed anything with!

I don't know about you but I have boxes full of such beauties. The ones that wink at you from their store boxes and whisper 'take me home! take me home!'... the ones right there in the store you had an exact idea of what they'll become... but once home you had to do something else and got out of the mood and then days pass, weeks pass, months pass... you find the beads and cannot recall what they meant to be. And the muse is again on vacation right then and you put them back...

Last year about the same time (July 2nd, to be exact) I participated in one of Lori's Bead Swaps (the Pantene Bead Swap) and I got a lovely package from Dee Torcherer Elgie, of Cherry Obsidia.

I used some of her beauties - but not all of them. Still hoarding :)

So this time I decided to pick some of her gorgeous lampwork (very bright and cheerful) and, as luck with have it, I realized the sari silks are a perfect match! Lampwork and sari it will be.

Lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, sari silk :: All Pretty Things

As a professional procraftinator (that's a term I just read about a couple of days ago, another perfect match: for me this time!) I watched the beads for the whole week... until there was no more time for watching, but a desperate time for action.

I have to admit once again: I like the look, but I truly hate working with brass wire. I must find some dead-soft wire, the one I have is God knows what strength, but one that's killing my fingers.

I wrapped the large bead 3 (three) times until I was somewhat happy with it. Funny part is that by the 5th (and, of course, last) one I managed to like the wraps. I still had time to re-do them, but I had no heart for more pain, so the wraps are a tad on the messy side :) We'll call it 'by design' - shhh, don't tell anybody else!

I agonized twice as long as the wire-wrapping took me - over what?! Over how to link the little balls of colour and cheer. I scratched about 4 ideas until one crawled into my mind... and this is the result:

Summer heat: lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, sari silk, wire-wrapping, ooak necklace :: All Pretty Things

It is aptly called 'Summer Heat' - it reminds me of the scorching weather we've had for the past week!

The neck part is a braid of brass wrapped in sari; the links between the lampwork are wire-wrapped 'bows' made of sari again. It has this ruffled look, like a beauty just awoken who hasn't combed her flaming hair yet.

Summer heat: lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, sari silk, wire-wrapping, ooak necklace :: All Pretty Things

Summer heat: lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, sari silk, wire-wrapping, ooak necklace :: All Pretty Things

It can be worn on both sides, as the wire wrapping is not regular and shows differently on either side :)

Summer heat: lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, sari silk, wire-wrapping, ooak necklace :: All Pretty Things

Summer heat: lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, sari silk, wire-wrapping, ooak necklace :: All Pretty Things

Summer heat: lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, sari silk, wire-wrapping, ooak necklace :: All Pretty Things

There you have it - my 'little' Summer heat: with lampwork by Cherry Obsidia, brass wire, and sari silk, lovingly wire-wrapped into an ooak necklace :)

Thank you, Lori, for organizing this beautiful challenge (please make sure you stop by her blog and wish her well - she had a health scare this week, but brave as she is she keeps going on!). Thank you, Dee, for the package - as you can see I am slowly, but surely, using it!

And last, but not least, thank you, my readers, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on my 'Summer Heat' :)

For more results of the bead hoarding please make sure you check below the list of participants. I am sure it'll be a feast!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things <-- Your host
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things <-- you are here
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


  1. Alicia, that is SOOOOO perfect for the summer. So sorry you are suffering with heat worse than we are having, but hope it breaks for you real soon, so you can wear that creation EVERYWHERE!

  2. Full of colors, suits perfect for the summer, I agree :)

  3. Love the necklace, such fun colors and perfect for Summer!

  4. I love the fiery colours of your necklace. I always have trouble working with fiber so huge props to you for using the sari silk so well. The ruffly sari bows were a great idea and they're perfect for linking those beautiful beads together.

  5. Beautiful Alicia, and definitely full of heat and fire! I love the sari silk links (filing that away for future consideration)!

  6. Sari Silk and lampwork beads, what could be better? Beautiful "summer heat" colors. Very Cool wire work on the beads and ribbon.

  7. So gorgeous, Alicia, you know I am a fibre-lover so that silk to me completely puts this over the top!

  8. Bright and cheerful it is and so lovely.

  9. Wow, that is gorgeous! I laughed at your comments about the wire wrapping, you are so me. And this analogy?..."It has this ruffled look, like a beauty just awoken who hasn't combed her flaming hair yet."...perfectly evocative!

  10. Beautiful as always Alicia! I love the attention to detail with the wire wrap beads - stunning design

  11. Absolutely love it, Alicia!! The sari silk and lampwork are stunning together!
    As for bronze wire - it's just stiffer no matter what. But I do love the bronze wire they carry at Rio. No guarantees that it is any softer, but it is a bit less bright and even oxidizes with LOS. :)

  12. Lovely colours and lovely wrap!

  13. Love the colors! Very summery! I can see why you've held onto those gorgeous beads for so long.

  14. What a perfect name, I love the necklace it's gorgeous!

  15. love the rich sunset colours and I'm a fan of combing textiles and lampwork beads

  16. Perfect combination of bead and sari cloth. And thanks for the term "Procraftinator". Love it

  17. Beautiful necklace! Perfect for summer season!

  18. Hello fellow procraftinator :)

    I LOVE this!! Its so so so so pretty!

  19. I ADORE this necklace. The silk just makes it :)

  20. This necklace is amazing!! I adore the bright colors and the sari silk is the absolutely perfect compliment to them. Fabulous job.

  21. i love the colors and the mixed media element of your necklace. and thank you for sharing the term "procraftinator." it will get a lot of use at my house!

  22. It's stunning, is what it is!!! I love every single thing about it, the textures of the ribbon against the smooth of the glass around the bendy of the wire... it's just a feast of sensation just looking at it, I can't imagine how lovely it would be to wear and FEEL!! Your work is fabulous.

  23. I REALLY like the wrapping around the beads. Wrapping around detailed beads doesn't always work but this really did. And I'm with you about wire color. My customers rarely buy anything but silver, but there are so many pretty things that just call out for brass, copper, or bronze!

    Thanks so much for participating!

  24. I love how bright and cheery this piece is ! The ribbon really makes it !

  25. ♥♥♥♥♥ that's what it is for me! You made the perfect colour combination! Great necklace!!!

  26. GREAT necklace - perfect colors for a steamy hot summer piece and your use of the sari ribbon is just fantastic! Love it!

  27. I have not worked with Sari as of yet, but this inspires me to want to try. Your ribbon choice match so perfectly to create this beautiful wearable art. Luv this.

  28. I want it, I want it... absolutely stunning, the colors are my favorite!

  29. Alicia your necklace is gorgeous. The sari works perfectly with the beads. I am not very comfortable working with silk ribbons yet so kudos to you for using it.

  30. Your design is perfect for those beads! I'd wear that in a heartbeat,

  31. What a lovely, lovely design... the colors are rich and gorgeous, and I love the combination of wire and sari. What wonderful work! :)

  32. I love the colours you picked for the necklace and the wire work too. A very summer piece!


  33. Gorgeous! All of my favourite colours and materials in one beautifully designed necklace. And I too am a procraftinator ;-)

  34. Love this! I've been itching to start using more ribbon in my designs, and have a little drawer full of sari ribbon I haven't used yet (another hoard!) - your great necklace inspires me to get it out and finally do something with it!

  35. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors and the sari just goes perfectly with the beads. Great job.

  36. Great necklace! I love your colors and the design looks lightweight, perfect for summer!

  37. I love the necklace! Perfect combination of the sari silk and the beads. Very cheerful

  38. Bright Lampwork and Sari silk, Yay! I love it. The wire wrapping looks perfect to me.

  39. So pretty and exciting! WHO wouldn't love this!?! Really lovely!

  40. Gorgeous! I've used the sari 'link' trick before and I always love the organic feel it gives a worked perfect for on this piece.


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