So much to talk about. So much to share. But I can't just yet. Still some things that need to be prepared.
I do however, want to share the mind meld I had recently with Mary Ann Carroll.
I am calling it a mind meld because the end result is so eerily matched. Keep in mind before you see these pictures that I actually do not know Mary Ann very well yet. I haven't known of her work for very long and I had only previously purchased 1 set of beads from her. I found her through Lorelei. and I loved her metallic glazed beads that had a sophisticated but rustic look to them so I treated myself to a set. They came, I loved even harder and found myself at her store again. I purchased 3 sets that put me at her 1000th sale. (Way to go, Mary Ann!) This allowed me the opportunity to choose one more set of beads. As I am waiting for my new beads to arrive, I find, in my back room studio, chain that had been hiding sort of behind this curtain.
I have a sheet over the patina desk that I can pull down and protect the pieces that are curing in their waxed state to prevent any metal working debris from getting on the soft wax before it hardens. I push it to the side and over a hook when not in use. Wait, there is a point here....
The curtain was hiding 4 different colors of hanging chain. I pulled them out and put them on the bead table to either keep for myself or sell. Well, the ceramic beads arrived and I open them next to my piles of chain and look.....
Bluesie - a soft aqua with touches of coppery brown.
Good Evening - brown, amber, copper, with a touch of burgundy.
Syrup with your waffle - white base with gray blue and touches of golden brown
While the chain I had patina-ted has more green, they look spectacular together!
Under the sea - rusty orange with dark brown
And this last set, Antiquity.
I do not even have words for this combination. Dark and foreboding in the best, shivery way. Almost metallic but balanced by that rustic look I crave. I paired it with this heavy, hammered chain in black, opal powder and touches of verdigris.
I can't believe what luck it is to have found a bead supplier that creates one of a kind sets of handmade beads, that compliment the patinas I have been playing with!
It's as if the Bead Gods themselves have smiled down upon me and given me their sacred beadity approval.