Going through Drawer 16, the pink drawer in my Chinese Apothecary Chest, produced several packets of these odd-colored beads. Neither pink nor rose, I found I had enough for two necklaces and not until I was writing up the tags did I realize I didn’t know what color to call them. Obviously, I had to make up a new name: Burnt Rose.
The first necklace I made, “Romance Retold” has three distinct types of glass beads: the flat oblongs seen near the clasp and elsewhere; round beads blending clear glass and burnt rose; and specialty flower beads, also two-colored. The centerpiece I chose is multi-colored with a small amount of burnt rose. It is the work of Jenny Friske-Baer (CA), whose beads I used to buy when I lived in San Luis Obispo, CA.
This necklace is 21” plus the centerpiece of 2”. The clasp and earrings are hammered gold metal. The earrings measure 1 3/8” long and feature a flower bead. The necklace weighs 1.9 ounces. The set is $99 plus $8 shipping.
Burnt Rose #2
My foray into Burnt Rose continued with Czech glass square beads in this new color plus two colors (black and pale beige) blended in with burnt rose clearly the predominant tone. The centerpiece glass bead created by Louise Erskine (MA) pulls you to look closely at layers of burnt rose and gold deeply embedded to make this transparent bead almost opaque. The lampwork glass beads next to the centerpiece are proudly pink with white and gold. Four beads away are two more artisan beads in rose and gold.
This necklace, which I named “A Smashing Good Time”, is 19” with a gold metal toggle and circle clasp. It weighs 4.4 ounces. The earrings feature the proudly pink glass beads and drop 1 5/8” from the ear lobe. The set is $99 plus $8 shipping.
A Max Moment
One of Max’s endearing characteristics is his curiosity. I have previously pictured him looking up at airplanes, watching the road as we drive, and now, at home, here he is watching what is happening on the street and at the neighbor’s houses. He jumps on the chair more than once a day, searching for perpetrators who get too close to his territory. Dogs are often guilty of this infraction and they get loud barks which, of course, only I can hear. Max is now 3 1/4 years old.