Doesn't this book look inspiring?? It's "A Charming Exchange" by Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling. And my dear friend and art buddy the famous Dawn Supina is featured in the book!! I am so pumped! I borrowed Dawn's copy so my sister Holly and I could get ideas for our day of playing with beads yesterday, and it did the trick! We took EVERYTHING out and spread it all over my dining room table and ooohed and awed over it all for hours. Holly makes the most beautiful jewelery from her huge collection of precious gem stones, silver and gold wire and chain, and crystals. She has all the tools, all the findings, and a lot of experience. It's not very often she gets to come and play, so we made the most of our time together and I at least mostly completed one piece yesterday afternoon.
She was kind of busy...doing other things...like helping her seester. She's so wonderful like that!
I had so many ideas I hardly knew where to start! I did finally manage to make a necklace for myself, and I love it. It's chunky and asymmetrical and has rocks and stones and metal. I am going to add a little dangly, possibly an old silver charm from my friend Pat, to the point of the rock on the bottom of the necklace. Here it is...almost finished!
Nessa and Liam and little Ada. Tomorrow...who knows what we'll get up to!
* Edit: The stone with the three holes on the bottom of the necklace is drilled...this isn't one of the stones I found with holes already in them.