Saturday, February 12, 2011

Too early for spring?

Some people would say that it is, and it probably is ... Stuttgart is probably destined for more snow, even though the past 2 weekends have had a fresh spring breeze and a comfortable temperature of about 15oC
With these past two weekends giving me a spring feeling ... It's shown in this weeks creations, and I am starting to get a little excited about the change of weather.

I have participated in a swap on a German bead forum - My swap-partner expressed a preference for pendants that hang on long necklaces. searching through my bead stash I found that i had some 22" chains (not that long, but the longest that I had) would be a good start ... and on further searching on what i should do for a pendant, i decided on clusters of beads ... oooh i love clusters of beads ... i love things that are tactile and intriguing to look at.

So, i started collecting complimenting colours of beads - any shape, style, all in complimenting colours ... wanting a clean, bright mix that were a nice combination. Then, away i went putting them all together with sterling silver wire and chain.

One thing i love about this, is that not all beads need to be the same, indeed when they are all different - it's a great reason to look though all of those "left-over" beads that end up in your bead soup ... treasure hunting for that last pearl and making good use of it is satisfying, especially when you can't afford or don't have the opportunity to buy any more beads. The sterling silver butterfly pendant was the last touch ... definitely ready for the spring, I sure hope that it will be loved.

With the spring feeling - I also continued to make one for my sister (it's her birthday this week)

details of the bead mix - handmade lampwork beads, semi-precious stones, thai silver, freshwater pearls, glass beads, swarovski elements, murano glass ... anything and every bead could find a place in a pendant like this!

I also have more pendants and chains to make some more ... so i'll show them of course when they are finished. I think I also have angelwings too ... so i am thinking a pearl and crystal cluster in a muted colour tone would be a lovely idea

Hope you like them!


  1. Beautiful! I am sure your swap partner will be happy about your creation!
    We got the first day where it is NOT minus 10 to minus 15C. What a nice change!

  2. If your swap partner doesn't love that then she's got no taste at all and should send it to me ASAP! They are bloody lovely!

  3. Thanks Ladies for the boost of confidence!