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I’ve been preparing to the upcoming Christmas season; not sure what people will want this year, so I’m trying to make as many heart pendants as possible (this is what they usually like). In the meantime I’m working on some new designs that I haven’t tried yet, so please be patient.
I promised I’d post a photo of the labradorite I brought back from Amsterdam. Beautiful <3
I went to Delft (Netherlands) today. The town is famous for its ceramics (Delft Blue, cobalt blue on white), and before my trip there I did some research and found out they also make ceramic beads. The local bead shop had a lot of them. I tried very hard to ignore those that had windmills, tiny human figures and “I <3 Holland” painted on them, and looked for more abstract designs. I bought an even amount of each, thinking they might be good for earrings.
I loved Mollie Barrow’s cabs that I purchased from her on Etsy, so I asked whether she could make me some custom ones, suitable for my goth and steampunk pendants. She browsed my shop and had a pretty good idea of what I needed, and came up with these beautiful cabs (some of them she had already, but she custom made most of them). She even drilled some of the for me, because it’s difficult to wire wrap undrilled cabs that are very small or very big (like 6cm diameter). Awesome!
The next step from buying handmade lampwork beads in bulk, is buying artistic glass beads and cabs from self-representing glass artists. They are usually higher quality than the commercially manufactured supplies, and unlike them, are absolutely unique (this is me
showing the middle finger wondering how to protect myself from plagiarism, which unfortunately happened just recently). I’ve recently purchased some beautiful pieces from other artists on Etsy.
I’ve got some interesting fused/dichroic glass cabs from ForThePeople (USA). I posted a photo of them a few days back. Two pendants that I’ve already made didn’t take very much time to complete, just slightly longer than my usual bead-based pendants. The yellow one is odd, because the design is victorian goth inspired, but the yellow cab is more high tech goth, than victorian goth (not sure if goth people wear yellow). Hopefully someone will like it. The other one is also weird, because I can’t really tell what colour it is. The base is brownish red, but it looks mostly black when wrapped in wire, and the metallic decorations on the top are multi-colour. I also wasn’t sure what wire would be the best for it, so I went with neutral silver.
Antonija Gospić (Glassilicious) from Zadar, Croatia, whom I know from deviantArt (and she’s one of those talented people who inspired me to take up wire wrapping) also designs awesome glass beads. I’ve got some glass donuts from her shop, and wrapped two of them in copper wire (partially hammered):
I’ve also got ten fused glass cabs (slightly different in style, in general, than the other ones) from an Irish glass artist Mollie Barrow; made one pendant so far, but it took me half a day to complete it. The cab is gorgeous warm purple shade.