This necklace draws attention coming and going. I strive to make all my designs attractive from the front, but it is only a few necklaces that can achieve that high mark from the back. This is one.
These paper beads were made by an unknown artist in Murano, Italy. I bought them on a trip there four years ago. They look like corrugated paper sliced in ribbons and crafted into architectural shapes…to my mind. What a labor of love! They are treated with a matte varnish to protect the surface. They are very sturdy.
I wanted them to be paired with special beads, both texture- and color-wise. For that honor, I found a dozen handmade glass beads from the tiny shop in Carmel, CA, called Two Sisters. The remaining spacer beads are pale wood.
The creative clasp is a resin circle in pale beige coupled with a wood toggle featuring four different woods.
Matching earrings of the stylized paper and sterling silver are 1.75” long. The necklace is 21” long.
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!