Happy Independence Day America! For those of you celebrating, PLEASE be courteous around pets, and especially near any former combat veterans when it comes to fireworks! It is a traumatic thing resembling gunfire to both of them, and you do not want to be the cause of a PTSD incident!
As far as my beading goes this week, I submitted a third entry in the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge for June (it, nor any of my other entries, won) and also played with my new peanut beads! I have had peanut beads for a while, but these are really cool, because they are 3x6mm!
I don’t really have a name for this. I was just experimenting with the larger peanut beads and some right angle weave and this is what I came up with. The peanut beads are seafoam green, and I used 8/0 blue metallic iris and 11/0 galvanized copper to accent them, with a copper magnetic clasp. It feels great on the wrist to wear, and looks great with jeans!
My last-minute Dry Gulch entry was the “Crescent Sunburst” pendant from the cover of the August “Bead & Button.” I used Rose-gold topaz daggers, galvanized beige 11/0, a druk in pastel bordeaux, and some 2mm druks in rose gold.
But none of my beading is why any of you are even reading today, am I right? LOL I’m guessing you all want to know who has won the Shaped Bead Challenge. Well, here’s the thing. I didn’t have a whole lot of entries, and the ones that I did get, I’m “friends” on Facebook with some of you. So, in order to be fair and impartial about this, and because all the entries met the requirements of NO NUMBERED SEED BEADS, I couldn’t pick between you on my own. So what I did was go to one of those websites where you throw everyone’s names in a virtual “hat” and it draws one out. Please do not be mad at me for this because you ALL did a wonderful job with your entries! (plus, I have 103 fever today and literally can not focus on beads.)
Congratulations to Bracelets Galore for your original bracelet design entry consisting of nothing but 4 mm Czech fire polished, 4 mm bicones, 8 mm pearl, Superduos, Diamonduos, 6 mm pearls, and o-beads. It is a thing of beauty! As was ALL of the entries, but in order to make this a fair and neutral thing, I had to go this route. Believe me, if I could, I would send every single one of you something! (And for those of you who do not see your name in the pic above, it was a scroll-down the page thing.)
That’s it for today. Like I said before, I have a fever, so I’m going to bed! Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!