What a Beadmaker Wears

Over the years, I've made a name for myself - in the bead world, at least - as one who makes flower beads. I do other things too, but the flowers are what I'm known for. I like making them. And I stopped trying to stick to "real" flowers long ago, realizing that any flower I think I invent already exists out there somewhere, so matter what colors or how crazy looking. But as much as I like making the flower beads, they aren't what I tend to wear.

I wear my own beads all the time, but usually not the ones I put out there for the world. I prefer to wear simple strands that celebrate light and color. One great bead is a wonderful thing, but I prefer to wear a necklace that's more a sum of the parts. I also have and wear a lot of silver jewelry. Plain silver makes my heart sing. I wish I was a silver smith. I've tried, but I didn't love the process, so I leave that to others. The silver is great with any of my beads, whether they're simple or extravagant, and it doesn't make me look all matchy-matchy. I do not like tidy little sets of jewelry. I like to mix it up.

This is my favorite necklace of the moment. It's been my favorite for over a year. It goes with almost anything, in a chameleon-like way. The colors are what I call "desert canyon" colors, which is a soft blend of greens, blues, browns, pinks, and purples. It says "southwest" to me every bit as much as turquoise and silver do, but in a quieter way. The beads are made one at a time, like everything I do, and then cleaned one at a time, which is the not-so-fun part. After that, they're sorted and strung on wide, soft silk ribbon, with a simple sliding bead closure that gives me adjustable lengths. It's strong and supple and smooth. And something I didn't think of a year or so ago when I made it, it's completely yank-able, which is an important feature with my grandson Jacob in our lives now.

You know how I feel about custom orders... something like, Run away! Run away! But when a friend asked me to make something simple and earthy for his daughter for Christmas, I immediately thought of my necklace. And thoughts being what they are, one leading to the next, it wasn't long before I thought if I like this kind of necklace, and someone else is asking for one, than maybe a few others would like this sort of thing too. I do realize that not everyone loves flower beads.

So I made three necklaces last week, that will appear in my BeadShop today. I added some silver beads to the mix, because I had them on hand. Wear a simple pair of silver hoops with one of these, and you're practically perfect. (Excuse the excessive use of my own face here today - I was the only model I had yesterday, and my hair was in a fairly good mood...) And, if the question is, can you wear more than one of these at a time, well of course you can, dear. Take it from this old granny.


Zoe Nelson said…
"What a beadmaker wears..." I thought you were going to talk about wardrobe. LOL! I'm getting ready to do a post about the clothing that an independent craftsperson wears.

Love the new necklaces - they're absolutely stunning.
MoonRae said…
This is why I love my Grateful bracelet so much!! I wear it ALL the time, it goes with everything and I just adore it, simple and gorgeous....I am a metalsmith and have worn the same 15 silver bracelets on my left arm for over 20 yrs. I don't take them off, ever....yes it did create a huge drama the last time I flew(2009)and so I won't be flying again any time soon(I don't mind taking the bus)Hope I don't ever need surgery!! hahaha
Gonna have to save up for a while so I can buy a necklace to go with my bracelet...
I too create pieces that I personally wouldn't wear, but someone will...
By the way, you are beautiful!!!
Kim Miles said…
Haha Zoe! My clothes are really nothing to talk about. It's all in the accessories!

Sharon - I used to wear an arm full of silver bangles. My daughter called me Jingle-Mommy when she was little, and she liked always knowing where I was. And... I do sometimes trade beads for silver... :o)