Friday, 31 August 2012

Gumdrops Galore!

Being a freelance designer sometimes means that I am asked to create designs using new types of beads or beading products that hit the market - and that is just what happened with the new Czech Gumdrop Beads designed by Perry Bookstein of York Beads.  These pressed glass beads have softly rounded tops and a flat base with a hole running from side to side near the base.  They come in a tempting array of approximately 15 colours with mouthwatering names like 'Magic Raspberry' and 'Peach Melba' - but of course, as I am currently immersed in moonlight I had to choose something that would fit into the Midnight Garden and so I chose 'Silver Bullet' and 'Orion'.  I thought it would be good to show that these new beads can be incorporated into designs as simple or as complicated as you want them to be and so first I made a straightforward pair of 'Galactic Gumdrops' earrings ...




For my next trick I wanted to create something a little more intricate and as the gumdrops vaguely reminded me of acorns (probably due to my recent trip to Sherwood Forest!) I thought I would try to make the kind of nuttily leafy bracelet that you would expect to find in my beaded garden.  So I bezelled the bottom of each gumdrop to make it look like the cup of an acorn and brick stitched some little oak leaves.  Next I wove everything together in a pleasing cluster and tied the bracelet with a soft grey ribbon to give me 'From Midnight Oaks Magic Acorns Grow' ...






 Bye for now!

Kerrie


7 comments:

  1. Wow, those beads are perfect for acorns! When first seeing the gumdrop beads, they really didn't feel that interesting (at least the spikes are cool, even if I don't use them) and I had similarly shaped flatback stones that never got used, but those cute acorns made me change my mind. Love that oak bracelet!

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  2. The gumdrop beads make perfect acorns! I love your bracelet!

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  3. Thanks for introducing me to gumdrop beads; haven't heard of them before. You showed off their versatility well with your designs.

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  4. such gorgeous work!

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