My heart is an artifact

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Fired up!

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About 6 months ago I moved into a great new studio space and finally acquired a torch and some enameling supplies – then the fun began!

I got a very limited taste of enameling a few years ago when I worked at a bead store, and have been itching to try it again ever since. Now I can’t get enough!

Follow lilruby jewelry on Instagram if you’d like to see more – I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon!

Design Ambassador!

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I was surprised and flattered last week to receive an invitation to be a Design Ambassador for Jesse James Beads!

How it works is they send out a packet of beads, I use them in my designs and post them on Instagram and/or Facebook, and they send more beads – how fun is that!?

My first packet arrived today and I couldn’t wait to get started – within an hour I made 3 pairs of earrings and a pendant, which is pretty productive for me!

Here are the beads they sent, and what I made with them-

It’s interesting that some of these are beads I probably wouldn’t have picked myself, but using them stimulated my creativity which is a very good thing!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful beads available at www.jessejamesbeads.com!

Painted wings

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One of my favorite things about late summer is all the butterflies, so I’ve been inspired to paint a few of my own for some jewelry that’ll be perfect now right through fall!

I have several shows coming up over the next three months, and I’m hoping my customers will enjoy these. If you’d like a pair for yourself, just let me know!

BHBSBP reveal!

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So happy to be participating in another of Lori Anderson’s fabulous blog hops! This one is the Bead Hoarder’s edition, and the beautiful idea behind it is to send your partner a bead (or beads) that you’ve been hoarding – something that really is special to you, as a true act of kindness. I love that!

My partner is the very talented Pam DeBoer of Pamela’s Studio. Be sure to check out her vibrant, artistic designs on her Facebook page!

Here’s what I sent to Pam –

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I bought that awesome ceramic focal bead in a great bead shop we happened upon as my husband and I were passing through Savannah, Georgia on a special vacation 6 years ago. I loved this bead because it was unlike any others I’ve ever had – it reminds me of a Calder sculpture or maybe a Picasso painting. I chose a strand of tiny faceted agates and some Czech glass to go with it.

As I was getting ready to send it off I decided to paint the box to match, just for fun!

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I really hope Pam enjoyed creating with it!

Now for what she sent to me-a beautifully detailed poly clay pendant-

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And some great Tibetan clay beads, lampwork rondelles and my favorites – a pair of sweet handmade ceramic birds!

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I ended up making 3 pieces, and they are all very different from each other. First, I used the Tibetan beads along with some pierced sterling beads and lampwork discs from my stash for this funky pair of earrings-

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Next I made a long knotted necklace for the pendant using S-lon cord and sparkly little faceted Czech glass beads-

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Finally, those little handmade birds – I perched them on a rusty tin birdhouse pendant along with Czech glass flowers and beads. Perfect for Spring!

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I had a great time working with these wonderful beads – thanks for hopping along with me!

Click below to visit Lori’s blog and the links to all the other blog hoppers!

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2017/03/welcome-to-bead-soup-blog-party-bead.html

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