Anyone who has been to a big bead show knows the excitement of coming home with a handful or a truckful of new beads. Well maybe not a truckful, but lots of new treasures. For a few days you just stare at them lovingly and fondle them tenderly. But eventually the urge to create overcomes you and you start to dive in.
I was exhausted after Bead Fest and spent a couple of days mostly alternating between bead fondling and napping (wherein I dreamed about beads and beady friends). But then the creative urge surged again and I was off and running.
|Earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry, Beaded Beads by Sue Beads.|
So this week I began wondering what my fellow AJE team members had been doing with their new Bead Fest treasures. I hope this bit of eye candy will inspire you to pull out your own new (or old) beads and give yourself the gift of some creative time.
Lesley went on an earring making binge!
|Earrings and bronze bead caps by Thea Jewellery. Teardrop headpins by Sue Beads. Enamel pieces by Ann Gardanne.|
Melissa made these striking earrings for our August Component of the Month Challenge.
|Earrings and textured copper components by Melismatic. Leather feathers by Tree Wings Studio. Headpins by Glass Addictions.|
Jenny also combined her metalsmithing skills with some Bead Fest treasures.
|Riveted and impressed copper by Jenny Davies-Reazor. Pewter drops by Green Girl Studio.|
Diana fed her passion for chainmaille by stocking up on supplies while at Bead Fest.
|Bracelet by Suburban Girl Studio, with a chainmaille kit from HyperLynks.|
Have you been to a bead show recently? What was your favorite purchase? What did you create with it? Do tell!