Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just For Me

It's rare that I sit down at the torch and make something just for me. I often end up with beads that are not my best - something that is off center or even has a crack (eek!). I make myself a necklace or bracelet and still get lots of compliments...it pays to be a walking billboard for your business!

But I've always wanted a bobbin bead. And knowing "my customer" so well, I knew it had to be purple. Gaffer's new Purple Rose and Royal purple seemed a perfect fit. Still those are pricy glasses so I used a much cheaper COE 96 for the core since bobbins use a fair amount of glass. I used another Gaffer glass - Chalcedony - in frit form for accents.

Once I had my bobbin, I knew I wanted it to sit on a necklace so I could see the metal so I went back to the torch and made a matching big hole bead. By threading the BHB onto the ribbon first and threading the bobbin over both ribbon ends, the bobbin sits flat on the necklace.

I've always like wearing unusual sized beads this way... this is an old silvered ivory necklace of mine:

Do you have an unusual way of wearing big hole beads??

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9 comments:

Patricia L Johnson Glass Art said...

Wow very cool!! love the colors.

Katie Oskin said...

WOW! That is GORGEOUS! Even I would wear that and I am NOT a jewelry person.

Michelle said...

Love the beads featured - very pretty!

Amanda - Over The Moon Gifts said...

I'm the same way, all the wine glasses in my pantry are ones that I messed up for other people! Glad you took time to make something for yourself.

Lori Bergmann said...

Love that bobbin bead, Holly! I have those on my "to try" list, but haven't gotten around to them just yet…but you've inspired me to break those bobbins out soon! *Ü*

Mandee said...

Cool.

Aulani Photography and BH Giveaways said...

Well I love both of these, especially the purple!

BillGuestPhoto said...

so pretty!!

Linda Blatchford said...

The colors are great.