It has been a busy couple of weeks/months. I have found time between the day job and the rest of life to get some beading done. I have also decided to start making/selling glass cabochons through my Etsy shop and I am testing the water with a friend across the pond and also at ArtFest in Chatham this weekend.
I also received my first set of books to review from Lark Books and as I already have Beaded Fantasies by Sabine Lippert and Japanese Beadwork by Sonoko Nozue I am giving the new copies away on my business page – https://www.facebook.com/wingsmithsbeadedcreations – all you have to do is like my page, comment and share the status update regarding the giveaway. Once I get to 800 likes I will pick two names at random to receive the books. You can of course buy these books from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabine-Lipperts-Beaded-Fantasies-Beadweaving/dp/145470246X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340298827&sr=8-1 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Beadwork-Sonoko-Beadweaving-Master/dp/1454702788/ref=pd_sim_b_1
I made this using one of my new cabs the other week and it is fabulous, a peacock pendant with lots of lovely fringing with swarovski crystals. I have only listed three cabs for now on my Etsy page – and they are seconds – I will have more listed after my craft fair this weekend. http://www.etsy.com/shop/WingSmith2010
I also had India at https://www.facebook.com/Indiv1dualDesigns make me some bespoke eye designs for my beading and these are the first three pendants I have finished using them. The purple one was a gift to a friend who works very hard with school kids, who are challenging to say the least, and I thought she deserved something special for her birthday.
I also made some more MotherShip pendants to sell at ArtFest, here is one of them:
Lastly I made a bracelet using a Bead Soup from Nancy Dale of http://www.etsy.com/shop/NEDbeads and although I failed to make a proper freeform bracelet, I did resist the urge to sort the beads out into colours and I made this three stranded bracelet – what do you think?