Thursday, March 25, 2010

Patina-ted Beads are Coming

They are primitive.
Pod like.
 And rustic.
I love them so much I hold them in my hand while I try to do other things. Like load the dishwasher.
They need to be mixed up with other beads. What would you string with them?
I have a strand of pink amethyst, peacock freshwater pearl and a mix of links wire-wrapped with some saffron and chestnut.
This one is 40" long and I have titled it Mimosa.
This one mixes green apatite, green opal, woodlace agate, riverstone, and beige freshwater pearls with a mix of verde links and weathered chain.
Sage. As in WISDOM.
I need some.


  1. Your patina beads are amazing. I don't know how you do these but they are beautiful. Your completed necklaces are the perfect compliment mixtures of beads and textures. Happy creating...

  2. Oh Shannon I love them! I laughed so hard when I read your post because I do exactly the same thing when I've made something I like. I hold it all warm in my hand and then put it all warm in my pocket and then I take it out and look at it (countless times ) when I think noone is looking...
    Seriously though, these beads are joyously incredible!

  3. SUPER! i love these beads.
    i would get nothing done if i had some.
    i would also just fondle them all day long.
    dishes wouldn't get done.
    there would be beads sprinkled throughout the laundry.
    Yea I can see them mixed with pretty faceted beads.
    really nice work!!

  4. Oo-la-la!
    I love the natural aged look you acheive. How do you do that?
    I have a stash of some earthy brown and white beads in my collection that are just screaming to be made into something special. I will keep an eye peeled for them! Enjoy the day! Erin

  5. agh - i had to place my order about 6 hours too early, didn't i? these are beautiful - all of them... will definitely be getting some of these.. i like the necklaces you created - the colors are wonderful...

  6. What wonderful patinas, and your necklaces are gorgeous, as always!

  7. beautiful beads, can't wait to order some.

  8. These are just gorgeous! I just love the aged look. These would pair nicely with ceramic beads/charms/pendants and, because I do like my bling, crystals. The contrast in texture would be awesome.
    Bead Happy!

  9. I'm just going to come out and say it! Those beads are sexy!

  10. Really gorgeous beads and I'm loving that second necklace, too!

  11. mimosa is stunning! love the colors

  12. Yummmmmeeeee!!! especially the second one. luuv it.

  13. I love the patina gives the finished piece such a great unique it has a past.

  14. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! You want me to spend all my money don't you, you don't care if I ever get to England.


  15. Oh Shannon they are GORGEOUS! That is so cute that you pack them around when washing dishes.

    I would mix these beads with polymer clay beads of course! Maybe something with a little sparkle, like some faux raku or faux opal. Or something with an ancient look to them like some faux bone or faux amber.

    Isn't that funny... I didn't realize every bead I thought of was a faux technique until I read it back. I guess what I'm saying is, I would pair these beads with a faux polymer clay technique! :-)

  16. AWESOME! Love those beads. regards Stefanie


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