My Metal Addiction!

November 11, 2014 , In: Inspiration, Metalsmithing
Last time, I showed you my personal collection of glass art beads!  Today, I’m going to show you my metal addiction!

These first charms are from Nancy Adams (Round Rabbit) – she did these quite awhile ago, I don’t even know if she etches metal anymore!

 This next piece is a prized possession!  My boyfriend purchased it for me from Staci Smith of Staci Louise Originals, at Berks Bead Bazaar when I wasn’t looking!  He saw me admiring it and bought it secretly! I am afraid I can’t do it justice, so I haven’t made myself anything with it yet!

 This next bead is a day of the dead barrel bead from Anne Choi – I do have another barrel bead from Anne with a quotation on it, but can’t find it at the moment.  I know it’s in my stash.

 These charms are from Jade Scott – it’s a wonder I have any of these!  Usually when she has a shop update, they fly out the door and you’re just too late.  Again, I have a few more little baby charms, but they are in another container somewhere!

 Although LeAnn Weih of Summers Studio mostly makes ceramics, she also makes metal clay beads.  I have a small obsession with all her beads, but these are the metal ones I have.  My faves are the turtle and the hollow nugget beads.  I’m sure the nuggets are very hard to make! She hasn’t been making beads of late, so I feel lucky to have such a collection!

 Next up, metal charms and headpins from Andrew Thornton!  He dabbles in many things, but I particularly like his owl charms! Andrew also has a brick and mortar shop in Ligonier, near me, so I’m lucky I get to see him from time to time.  He just had a grand opening of a new location for his shop, I need to get up there to see it!

 These charms are all from our very own AJE member Kristi Bowman-Gruel – when I used to make jewelry for shows, I did a lot of buying and trading with her!  These are some of the things I have left! These are by no means the extent of the collection I have from Kristi, either!

 And finally, charms and headpins from our own AJE member Lesley Watt of Thea Elements.  I love hearts, in case you couldn’t tell, and I absolutely love the headpins.  I haven’t used them yet either, because I’m afraid if I mess them up, they will be gone forever!

 I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my metal beads!  These tours are actually helping me, because it is forcing me to organize some things before I forget who made them! 




Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
  1. Reply

    Thats quite a stash you have. I makes me feel a little less guilty about hoarding the good stuff as I dont know what to do with it

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    What a beautiful collection, what fantastic taste you have!

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    Nice stash! I wish I could have met you when I came to PA to visit Andrew! I have a few of your pretties in my dragon's hoard!

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    Wow a little blast from the past for me, some pieces there I haven't seen in years! Fun to take a tour of your Metal Stash!!

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    Great stash! I had fun viewing it.

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    Hi Sue, I enjoyed your post today. You have an enviable stash.

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    Wow, what a great stash! I want to come over and play.

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