September 22, 2013

My Bead Show Finds

Raku and more from Star Spirit Studio

I finally got to attend a bead show a week ago and it was AMAZING!  I had such fun looking through all the wonderful pieces and meeting some of the artists I'd only previously met online!  I promised I'd show you my loot, so without further ado... the pieces above are from Sue Laupp of Star Spirit Studios.  As you can probably guess from my purchases, I fell in love with her raku.  I also picked up several pair of copper ear wires and some really fun buttons that look like cave art.  

I have Stephanie Haussler of Pixybug Designs to thank for getting me to actually GO to the show.  I'm such a homebody and inertia really gets to me sometimes (LOL) but Stephanie invited me AND sent periodic reminders and I am really, really glad she did.  Stephanie does beautiful beadwork and her husband, Chris, makes fantastic lampwork beads.  I couldn't help myself...

Lampwork from Chris Haussler of Pixybug Designs

I don't know which I like more - the skull with the flower or the bat.  And the buttons will be featured on multi-strand necklaces, I'm thinking.  It was really hard to choose a few to buy and leave all those others behind...

Rachel Pozehl of Two Dog Pond was such a nice lady.  We had a nice chat and I left with a few of her soldered pendants and some ceramic hands.  One can never have too many ceramic hands.

Soldered pendants and ceramic hands from Two Dog Pond

I'd wanted to meet Darcy Horn of The Jade Dog since I participated in one of her Design Challenge last fall (you can read all about that here).   She was just as nice as I imagined and I left with some fun beads and clasps from her booth.  I also bought some sparkly beads and some African Trade Beads from Julie's Xpressions.

Loot from The Jade Dog and Julie's Xpressions

Boy, this is getting kind of long, isn't it.  I told you I had fun!  I can't leave without showing you the lampwork set I got from Jodie Marshall!

Lampwork beads by Jodie Marshall

I'm not finished with it yet, but I'm already working on a necklace with Jodie's beads.

Multi-strand micro macrame necklace using lampwork by Jodie Marshall

And last, but not least, I got these cool clasps from Dan Starkey of  Ayla's Originals.

Dragon and castle, seahorse and Egyptian Eye clasps

See - I wasn't kidding when I said I had a really good time!  Many thanks to Stephanie and to all the vendors there for putting on such a great show.  

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