Drawer 35: LIME: Long necklace with a tassel

“Exuberance and Wit”

My Chinese Apothecary Chest:   in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during my husband’s ex-pat assignment.   Serves as the repository for my beads.  Handcrafted.  It has 52 Drawers, mostly sorted by color.

2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila!  52 Necklaces!

Week 35/Drawer 35: August 30, 2017: “Exuberance and Wit”

The genesis of this necklace goes back to 1998 when I was designing a lot of tassel necklaces. And a lot of my One-of-a-Kind style…where each bead is one of a kind…all my necklaces are one of a kind, you know that.

I was happy I had found my niche with big beads and chunky necklaces in an era when everybody seemed to be doing seed bead creations that were lovely but made my eyes cross when I worked with those itty-bitty beads. I was taking lots of classes from really fine instructors and thought that teaching my Tassel and One-of-a-Kind techniques at national bead shows would be my path to greatness.  I did teach at a Miami show and at one of our better shows held each spring in Santa Fe.  Well, teaching was not meant to be a path to anywhere:  my mind worked faster than my mouth and I tripped over my words.  I put greatness back on the shelf and it remains happily there.

This 26” necklace features lime faceted crystals, three Bohemia pre-war glass discs, two sizes of ceramic beads on the lime side. On the blue side, there are Czech glass in light and medium as well as matte darker blue resin beads. The blue and lime lampwork glass bead with the Nautilis design was made by Carolyn Driver (CA).  The clasp is a vintage plastic piece in an intriguing shape plus a sterling silver toggle I made.

The tassel measures 4.25” long and is topped by two fabulous beads: a large Venetian glass round bead lined with gold foil and a large American Art Glass bead in a pretty shade of blue with lime bordering the inside.

The tassel is a medley of blue and lime with a spot of chartreuse to treat the eye!

 

Earrings are included. They measure 3.5” long.  The set is $149.

 

If you want to read about some references I made in this post, enter these dates in the search box on the landing page of priscillabeadle.com:

One-of-a-Kind style—see blog dated August 7, 2013

Venetian Glass beads—June 29, 2013 or Drawer 1 or Drawer 2

American Art Glass—Drawer 17 or April 26, 2017

Drawer 15: Peach & Gray

 

“Emotionally Rich”

 

My Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during an ex-pat assignment there. Serves as the repository for my beads. Handcrafted. It has 52 Drawers.

2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila! 52 Necklaces!

Week 15/Drawer 15: April 12, 2017: “Emotionally Rich”

Since I had just a few peach and gray beads, I put them together in Drawer 15 and they have co-existed over the years. While rummaging through the drawer, I was excited to find two strands of gorgeous peach aventurine to feature this week.

Aventurine is a crystal with a lot of quartz in it, mostly opaque and often green, leading some to incorrectly identify it as jade. Peach is a lesser known aventurine color which is achieved by the presence of the minerals orange mica and pyrite (aka “fools’ gold”). These minerals are said to enhance creativity.

When I found the four large peach aventurine ovals, I knew I had enough to make a two-strand necklace! Notice how the sparkle of the coppery seed beads brings out the brightness of the minerals.

The highlight of the necklace is the lampwork glass creation of Gail Crosman Moore. Gail is special to me: a familiar face at the many CA bead shows where I shopped; she is from Western MA; and she is a redhead!   Mostly she is a truly creative artist as she wields colorful glass canes in one hand and in the other hand, she shapes the molten into a unique bead, all while wearing protective gear in front of flame!

Shaped like a bell, the centerpiece is peach with striations of green and blue. The bottom has beautiful blue pods waiting for your caress.

Read Gail’s website and be sure to note her shop in P-Town!

This necklace demanded a copper clasp and is accompanied by a simple pair of copper and aventurine earrings. It is 20” long.  $115.

Drawer 10: Amber

“The Beauty of the Baltic”

My Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during an ex-pat assignment there. Serves as the repository for my beads.  Handcrafted.  It has 52 Drawers.

2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila!  52 Necklaces!

Week 10/Drawer 10: March 8, 2017: “The Beauty of the Baltic” 

I had a chance to discover amber early in my bead artist career. In 1996 my husband and I cruised from London to the Baltic.  Most port stops were well known places in Germany, Russia and Scandinavia; but squeezed into the middle of them was Estonia.  The first person we met as we strolled ashore was selling amber beads:  I declined since I couldn’t tell if they were plastic or amber.  So we poked around Tallinn’s quaint square and wondered what will we do?  I saw the Amber Market and cajoled my husband into looking.  I learned a lot about amber and bought several interesting strands.

Over the years as I got deeper into bead acquisition, I met traders who were always exotic looking and as colorful as their beads. They sold large pieces of amber and showed me how buyers checked to be sure they weren’t imitations by sticking a heated needle point near the hole.  True amber will melt slowly and smell sooty; false amber, which is usually the opaque younger “copal”, will melt quickly and be fragrant.

 

 

 

Amber is fossilized tree sap well over one million years old. Wearers of amber love the air bubbles, water, and remnants of plants and insects that can be found within the bead!

A dangle, Left Photo, top left dangle,  in this week’s necklace clearly shows an air bubble. All 13 dangles are from a gift of broken or outdated jewelry given to me by my friend Tess whose parents moved from Lithuania during World War II.  I made good use of the cufflinks and charms!  Thanks Tess!

 

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia make up the Baltic States which are full of beautiful people, rich cultures, and plentiful amber.

This necklace is 31” long. Besides the dangles with their [unknown] stories to tell, it features a very faux plastic clasp with a sterling silver toggle.  The necklace consists of very large chips of a deep variegated color from the Lithuanian Market.  It will look nice with your sterling silver earrings. $115.

To Celebrate 75th Birthday, Artist Priscilla Beadle Makes 52 Necklaces in 2017

 

Priscilla Beadle, Hull artist, will create a one-of-a-kind beaded necklace each week in 2017.


To Celebrate 75th Birthday, Artist, Priscilla Beadle Makes 52 Necklaces in 2017

To celebrate turning 75, many people choose a relaxing vacation or a great party; some people are happy just to make it through the day. Priscilla Beadle, Hull MA artist, challenges herself.

Inspired by a friend who was fascinated by the 52-drawer apothecary chest in her studio, Beadle decided to create a one-of-a-kind beaded necklace each week in 2017. Each neckpiece will originate from a different drawer. “I consider this an adventure fantasy trip,” enthuses Beadle. “Do I think about slowing down for 75? Do I think about maintaining? Or shouldn’t I speed up for a year?!” she laughs. “The fact I’m turning 75 makes me want to speed up!”

An English major in college, Beadle has lived her life by Robert Browning’s line, “…a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,/ Or what’s a heaven for?” This quote is the driving force behind all Beadle’s difficult and exciting endeavors. “It gives me permission to push myself,” she says. For her, this challenge is self-motivating as it produces a real accomplishment each week. “Sometimes you just have to push yourself to grow, stretch, and do things for yourself,” Beadle advises. She has already begun to write a maker’s journal that she will keep throughout the year.

Adding to Beadle’s motivation, her large vintage apothecary chest has 52 drawers; seven square drawers arranged in seven rows, with three large drawers at the bottom. Purchased in Hong Kong, the inspirational 1940’s era Elm wood apothecary chest is more than seven feet tall, four feet wide, with each drawer going 16 inches back.

“I’m going to start in the upper left corner drawer and work my way through every drawer, from left to right, top to bottom,” confides Beadle. She uses the chest to organize her vast collection of beads based on color and material. Each drawer has three compartments. The first necklace of the year will be drawn from Venetian glass beads which have been divided into silver/gold, blue/green, and red/orange groups. The second drawer has different color Venetian glass; black/white; purple/yellow; and multi-colored. The last drawer of the year contains faux amber—cherry, butterscotch, and yellow mock amber—resin beads from Indonesia.

Beadle keeps clasps and centerpieces in a special cabinet, not in the drawers. Center pendants can be made of glass, jade, silver, brooches, semi-precious gems, and oddities such as extraordinary buttons or other upcycled adornments.

Creating bead jewelry art since 1993, Priscilla Beadle first found inspiration for her bold, eclectic designs in the bazaars of Tibet and Nepal, in dusty shops in Beijing, on remote Indonesian islands reached by catamaran, in beautiful Bali, and in verdant Indochina—Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Each Beadleful design starts with a centerpiece—add whimsy, color excitement, texture, chunky beads, a fabulous clasp—a collectable necklace is born.

Priscilla Beadle returned to her hometown, Hull MA, in 2011. For 34 years she had lived in California, eleven in the historic mission town of San Luis Obispo. She brought her business, Beadleful, with her and crafted a comfortable studio for her work on the ground floor of her home. The spark of Beadleful ignited when, after 23 years in the corporate world, Priscilla retired in 1993 to accompany her husband on his job assignment in Hong Kong. Southeast Asia became her handicraft fantasy world as she hunted for beads: –odd, large, ethnic, contrarian beads; antique or contemporary glass beads; rare and unusual colors; textures that lead to touching. Whether traveling the world or stalking New England galleries, successful bead hunting inspires the bold eclectic designs that characterize Priscilla’s unique necklaces and bracelets.

For more information or to arrange a studio tour, please visit https://priscillabeadle.com/

Homage to Lampwork Glass Artist Beads

Local women's lampwork beads feature in this necklace with silver clasp. 20" long, $220

Local women artist’s lampwork beads feature in this necklace with silver clasp.
20″ long, $220

 

This wondrous necklace is sort of like a “One-of-a-Kind” (see blog dated Aug 7, 2013, “Oh, Oh, OK” for an explanation), but then again it’s not.  It is an OOK if I count only half of the beads as OOK.  It is not an OOK since most of the beads are artist made.

Enough of acronyms!  Let us explore this amazing necklace full of lampwork glass beads made by some awesome women!

Envision long sticks of colored glass, a source of fire coming from a mini blowtorch on a stand in front of the artist, and a metal mandrel.  Sit our artist down facing the fire, mandrel in the dominant hand to shape the glass into a bead, and, with her other hand, manipulating the glass rod as it heats up and goes molten.  This is Lampwork Glass.

I collect these beads as I go to bead shows.  Not for me, even though I am an incurable collector, but for you, wearers of my necklaces with these precious beads in them.

Identifying the artists whose beads make up this necklace is a special pleasure.  Sheila Checkoway’s beads and small fat discs feature first; starting from the silver clasp, after the sterling silver bar, are two of five of her beads followed by a small fat disc, one of six by this Massachusetts native.

Then we see one of two umbrella-shaped discs by Maureen Henriques of Pumpkin Hill Beads (MA) with a polka dot circle by Kennebunkport Bead Art.

Now find a Gail Crosman Moore (MA) bead, chubby and squat with bumps all around and more bumpy stuff happening on top.  Gorgeous in its excess!

Next is a modest disc (one of these gals has to do “modest” to ground all these blockbusters!) by “Two Sisters” whose shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea in CA is not to be missed!  Another Henriques umbrella shading a Two Sisters disc follow.

Then three Venetian glass beads which are blown (see blog dated Sept 20, 2013, “Murano Island Rising”) in a pale grey green.

The centerpiece lampwork is a fabulous design by Gail Crosman Moore whom I discovered in a show in Oakland, CA, over ten years ago.  I was impressed not only with her work but by the fact she lived in Western Massachusetts!  Now she has a shop in Cape Cod at 174 Commercial St, Provincetown.

Starting up the other side, notice a faux silver bead (cheap but high style) plus more Sheila and Venetian beads, back up to the silver bar.

The clasp is another piece of work, as they say colloquially.  An artful hook, although not artist-made, grasps a glass polka dot circle by Kennebunkport Bead Art.

This was a slowly percolating necklace that took years to come together.  The color is odd but soft and surprisingly neutral.  Perhaps it is best described as teal grey.  Gail’s beads add a teal blue.  My luck held out with the seed beads I found in my drawer—an interesting blueish green teal in matte Czech glass, not shiny.

The necklace is for sale.  No way could I hoard this!  It is for sale in my studio for $220.  Add $15 for mailing and insurance and it is yours.  It measures 20” long.

 

 

How Do I Love Copper?

Let me count the ways. It is warm in texture and in color. It is different: not gold nor silver. You can actually find earrings in the retail world…or in my studio. Yes, copper has moved into the mainstream. I’ve been using it in my jewelry since the late 90’s and I remain firmly committed to this orange-y metal. Now there is a clue why I like it!

This necklace is named Anisoptera, the species name for dragonfly and which, translated from the Greek, means uneven wings. It is made in Mexico from Patty Healy (CA) designs and executed in copper and brass. What I find unique about her use of copper is that she has it heated with a torch resulting in a bright and warm red-orange color. Note also the brass accents soldered on the wings and those perfect brass bug eyes!

I wanted the necklace to stay with the copper color, so I used a coordinating strand of dyed freshwater pearls with a tad of apricot pearls as contrast.

I made the clasp from copper wire: I hammered the circle flat and hardened it in that process; the toggle is bent copper wire. I want my necklaces to look as good from the back as from the front! I made earrings to accompany the necklace. The earrings are 1 ½” long with copper ear wires.

The necklace measures 18 ½” long. The dragonfly is 3 ½” long and a little over 2” wide. “Anisoptera” is light and easy to wear, not to mention fun! The price is $125 and includes shipping.

This necklace is named Anisoptera, the species name for dragonfly and which, translated from the Greek, means uneven wings.  The pendant is made in Mexico from Patty Healy (CA) designs and executed in copper and brass.

This necklace is named Anisoptera, the species name for dragonfly and which, translated from the Greek, means uneven wings. The pendant is made in Mexico from Patty Healy (CA) designs and executed in copper and brass.

Spring

I last wrote in the Fall.  Now it is Spring.  I am not yet a good New Englander as I don’t enjoy Winter weather.  It’s my opinion Winter is definitely over:   the weather feels warmer;  bulbs are emerging from the soil; I’m tempted to put out pots and fill them with flowers.  The lesson Winter teaches me is to embrace Spring.

It also seems that each time I write there has been a transition in my life and this time is no different.  My husband Don’s long eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on March 8, 2013.  He died very peacefully and quickly.  Those of us on the journey with Don were gratified that he always had a smile for us and never stopped teasing us.  He recognized us each time we visited.  Our memories of Don are happy ones.  It’s been a long goodbye.

There will be a Celebration of his Life in Saratoga, CA, on April 20.  This summer there will be a memorial service and interment in the Columbarium at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, followed by an East Coast celebration.

Transitions are important for personal growth and I look forward to whatever changes and opportunities will flow into my life and will be forever thankful to Donnie for twenty wonderful years.

Three Necklaces

“Chic Thrills” features a charming koi fish centerpiece I have had for a long time, waiting for the right mix of beads to show it off. Well, when nearly matching vintage orange Lucite (what plastic was called in the 1960’s) beads came into my possession, I had the answer. But what contrasting color to use? An odd green, don’t ask me why. I was so excited by the time I assembled the large faux pearl, the beetle wings and the small faux pearls, that I can’t remember how the colors all came together!
The fish is Asian in its origin as indicated by its large popping eyes and its elaborate tail display. It is a vintage piece perhaps made of resin with lots of nice carving marks on it.
The five beetle wings are iridescent and pointy and most unusual. A great conversation piece.
The necklace is almost 19″ long and the centerpiece dangle is 4″long.
Hammered gold-colored metal clasp, gold-filled wire connections in the dangle.
The price is $159 which includes earrings featuring green and orange beads with a beetle wing.

“A Smashing Good Time” is a classic sterling silver and turquoise necklace with a contemporary spin that the silver used here is a special basket weave pattern mastered by the Hill Tribes of northern Thailand. The clasp is also sterling silver by the Hill Tribes.
The turquoise chunky beads mix smooth and veined specimens of Chinese-mined turquoise stones.
The necklace is 23″ and the basket weave medallion is 2″ in diameter.
It is priced at $135.

“Flash Forward” is also color-forward: semi-precious amethyst beads matched with lime-dyed branch coral. The branch coral is bezeled with an electroplated gold bail for a shiny, blingy look. It is attached to the amethyst necklace and secured by two vermeil (gold plate over metal) beads. The necklace ends with more electroplated gold beads and a gold metal clasp.
Think of this piece as a fabulous good luck charm and wear it well!
The necklace measures 18″ and the centerpiece is 3″.
The price is $129.

Hi Everyone!

I’m very excited to have my home studio up and running.  I’ve been beading in my leased space in neighboring Norwell since January 2011.  In January 2012 I removed my beading worktables and supplies to my home studio and started selling our personal collections in the funky Norwell space.

Don and I have truly collected a lot!  I donated everything I felt was “surplus” (read “I could live without”) before leaving California.  After opening about half of the boxes transported to Massachusetts, I realized I still had a surplus!  So I triaged what I can live without and have arranged it all in my delightful shop.

Shop visitors love seeing home accessories arranged in an artful manner and often want to acquire my collection for themselves.  Gosh, that’s called a sale!

So, yes, I am having fun.  But I need to spend more time designing necklaces and I have some bracelet ideas I’m itching to execute.  To satisfy those artistic needs, I will relocate my Norwell shop to my home studio after Labor Day so all my time can be creatively spent…whether arranging collections or playing with beads!

Moving along, one of my goals for my seventh decade is to bring myself into the 21st century of social networking.  This is personally important since a lot of my heart, spirit, and friends are still in California.  I am at peace with my decision to re-establish myself in the Massachusetts seaside community of my childhood.  In fact, I am enjoying the journey that unfolds every step, every day.  I hope using Facebook and a blog will help bridge my two coastal worlds.

I see Facebook as a casual and friendly way to keep in touch and I hope to learn my way around it. 

Blogging will be my way to open my studio to collectors who are closer to a computer click than to an actual visit to my studio.  I plan to blog only twice a month so I don’t drive you crazy with updates and show-and-tells.  An opt out feature will enable those who don’t want such frequent postings not to receive them.  And for us chatterboxes who opt in, responses can be made through the blog or Facebook.

I’m looking forward to my brave new world as a social networker.  Maybe I should buy some Facebook stock!?  Just kidding, this will be a creative journey!  Please join me!