Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One new design and one not-so-new design in a different color palette... Here are two of my newest listings. The Copper Vine bracelet is the not-so-new design, this time woven using matte and shiny copper delicas. I'm so happy with the way this one turned out, and it was totally unplanned. I just happened to see the two types of copper beads sitting there next to each other, and it seemed like fate. I had already printed the pattern so I could make a custom bracelet for someone, but since I had to order some of the beads for the custom order I figured I'd go ahead with the copper ones. I'm so glad I did! This makes me want to try some other monochromatic combinations...


The Damask design is my newest one, although I was working on it for awhile. I wanted something that had the leafy, flowery look of the damask prints, and it needed to be in just two colors. This is the first version of it, created in the brightest red and white beads I have in my bead stash, but I'm sure there will be more colors in the future.

Wouldn't that make a great one for Christmas parties? I love the contrast of the red and white.

I don't know how much time I'm going to have to work on new designs over the next couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to be busy. I was just figuring out all the pieces I'm working on, and it's quite a long list! I'm just glad that I'm pretty quick at this (although "quick" in terms of beadweaving means that a bracelet like Damask takes three hours instead of four or five).

I was doing some Christmas shopping on Etsy, and I thought I'd see if a couple of my fellow Bead Art Originals members would be up for trading; and I'm so happy that they were!!! I've received one of the packages, and I couldn't be more thrilled with its contents!!!!!! I expect the other package to show up soon, and I already know I'm going to love it.

So anyway, that list of things I have to do includes one bracelet that's part of the trade. In addition to that one (which I'm currently "designing" in my head), I have two cuffs to make for my husband's aunt (both of which will be Christmas presents for his cousins), one special order bracelet for a special friend, AND last but not least... a project that involves 67,400 beads. I'm not saying what it is, but I'm sure you recognize that's a LOT of beads!! I'll post something about that project when it's finished. :-)

I'm not sleepy yet, and there are beads on my beading board and thread in my needle, so I'm getting back to work.

16 comments:

ESCUDERO said...

Your bracelets are lusciously beautiful!

Always Amy said...

Hey there!

I'm kinda dropping by randomly (& kinda dropping by to hit you with my EC) to tell you about this new selling site I found. It's called ArtFire.com & you should check it out.

It's still really, really new (still in beta) but it's heading in a really good direction! They are already buying advertising online & in print magazines to bring in traffic to the site. (It's already got almost as much traffic as indiepublic.com)

It's got stats for shop views so you know where your customers are coming from! I know! Gasp! Faint! Right? hehe

& it's just $7 a month (for the first 5000 artists) to list & sell as much as you can FOREVER. $7 a month no matter what! I signed up on that alone! haha

Anyhoo, it is new so there aren't zillions of people using it (which is good & bad) but I thought you might want to take a look at it. With the ad campaign they are working on kicking in soon (or so they are saying), I think it's going to be a good place to start listing!

If you sign up, give me a yell & let me know what you think!

Always,
Amy

Lanyardlady said...

such gorgeous bracelets! i would love to find one in my stocking this christmas!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Love the new pieces! I can't believe you can complete one of those in 3 hours - I'm soooo jealous! I'm still way slower than that...

Carol Dean said...

Damask would take me a bit more than four or five hours even...your speed is insane, MaryLou! ;p

Okay 67,400 beads...are you beading some young gal a mini skirt?

BeadedTail said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning!

Beadsme said...

I love the colour of the copper vine.

Smadar's Treasure said...

Your bracelets are just gorgeous! I really like this design.
This number of beads sounds crazy.. can't wait to see what it is..

Smadar

Nancy said...

love the red and white one, so snazzy!

LizzyT said...

I love the copper vine bracelet, I also like the green one in your photoset to the right of your blog all the colours are stunning!

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Leah said...

I love the subtle pattern in the copper one.

Pamela Plumley said...

Both are just awesome-I wish I had such talent. I do polymer clay, but could never crochet or knit or any- thing related like what you do!

Hot Rocks said...

I love the red and white cuff! Sounds like you are going to be busy with all those beads...can't wait to see your project.

dj said...

Ooh, I love the red and white one, so cheery!

Nicole said...

both of those bracelets are beautiful!
i love the copper one, though!
-nicole
http://knitnicoleknit.blogspot.com