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Spacer Beads

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Well, I got through my final exams. It was a pretty stressful few weeks. I didn’t get a lot of beadmaking in (although I did get out to my torch a few times, just to try to relax a little!) In my exams, I always made sure to wear a few of my beads (usually just a few strung on some cord around my neck, something to fiddle with and remind me of the other side of my life that isn’t all about grades and the other pressures of school).

Anyway, I am out on the other side of it now, and looking forward to a summer full of creating, vending at our local market, and doing a few other summer craft shows as well!

One of the things I have been making quite a few of again lately is spacer beads. They are so simple that I had stopped making them for a while. I always figured if people wanted them, they could ask (and I think I say that somewhere in my Etsy listings… need extras or spacers? just ask me!) But then, when I started making more bracelets and other jewelry of my own again, I realized that spacer beads are really useful. And when I started making spacer beads again, I realized that I actually don’t mind making them as much as I remembered. In fact it is sort of fun because you can make a lot really fast and it feels productive!

So I have a few sets of spacers listed on Etsy – I did them in colour schemes rather than just one colour, because they are actually really fun even on their own for bracelets or small earrings, if you string a bunch together they look really nice! Simple yet effective.


Shades of Blue Spacers

These are Moretti 054 Transparent Medium Blue (the transparent beads), Moretti 224 Pastel Light Sky Blue (the lighter opaque beads), Moretti 228 Pastel Dark Sky Blue (the darker opaque beads that are almost a bit turquoise), and Moretti 240 Light Cobalt Blue (the darkest of the opaque beads)


Purple Spacers

The opaque purple is CiM Thai Orchid, the pinky lighter purple is CiM Heffalump, the lighter transparent purple is Moretti 046 Transparent Pale Purple, the darker transparent purple is CiM Simply Berry.


Pretty in Pink Spacers

I am having a bit of trouble identifying some of these pinks, because I ordered some CiM pinks and they weren’t all labeled. Anyhow, the opaque pink is definitely CiM Gelly’s Sty. There is plain old Moretti 204 Pastel White, and the two transluscent pinks are I think CiM Pink Champagne and CiM Blush. But I am not positive about those two! They are both very pretty pinks and they are definitely from the CiM palette.


Root Beer Spacers

These were a mix of the transparent browns. Not exactly sure which ones, because I don’t have them well labeled. The opaque beads mixed in there are CiM Canyon de Chelly.

Wow, that’s a lot of colours isn’t it! Part of the fun of making spacers too is, you don’t have to worry about what colours will play nicely with each other.

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Rainbow Brights

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I have been using the rainbow colours lately, I have two sets to show today, and a few more coming in the next little while! I guess it’s because spring/summer is coming and I’m really starting to crave the bright colours.


Rainbow Brights Bumpy Beads


Rainbow Brights Spacer Beads

I am pretty sure the red is special dark red (Moretti 436). It is a beautiful cherry red opaque. The orange is intense tangerine (Vetrofond Odd 939). The yellow in the bumpy beads is special light lemon yellow (Moretti 404), while in the spacers it is Pineapple Sparkle Odd (Vetrofond 941). I think actually there might be some Tangerine Sparkle in amongst the oranges too (Vetrofond 944). The green is pea green opaque (Moretti 212), the blue is lt turquoise blue (Moretti 232), and the purple is Thai Orchid (Creation is Messy).

Meanwhile, I entered some of my Spring Pastel beads in… well a Spring Pastels challenge with the Crafting in Color team. If you want to go vote for me, I am #25 – I would sure appreciate it too, because if I win, I get my Etsy mini shown on the Crafting in Color website for the month! That’s really good exposure for me.


Spring Flowers in Soft Pastels

Speaking of exposure, I would like to give a shout-out to my friend Holly who is on the Fire Divas team with me – I am promoting her on Facebook this week, so here is a link to her store, Holly’s Folly. She does really beautiful work.

That’s all for today!

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Purple Things

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Today I have some purple things to share. Purple is probably one of my favorite colours, in all of its varieties.


Purple Paradise

This set has Creation is Messy Simply Berry (one of my favorite transparent purples), in all the beads – the plain purple rounds are pure Simply Berry. I used Vetrofond Seashell Swirl Odd with Val Cox African Violet frit as well. The African Violet frit is just a gorgeous bluish shade of purple, and the Seashell Swirl is of course a great base for frit.


Two Froggies Focal Bead

I made this focal bead using two shades of purple by Creation is Messy – Heffalump and Thai Orchid (Thai Orchid is the darker purple froggy, Heffalump is the lighter purple). It was a real challenge finding a spot for all those little froggy toes!

More about Seashell Swirl Odd
More about African Violet
More about Simply Berry
More about Thai Orchid
More about Heffalump

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Disc Beads

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These past few days it has been disc beads.


Tropical Coral Discs
– made with Vetrofond Odd Orange Sherbet and Vetrofond Odd Jupiter (the orange sherbet is the lighter beads… the Jupiter actually looks so pretty when made into discs… I never liked it much until I tried it in disc form)


Thai Orchid and Dark Silver Plum Discs
– made with a base of Creation is Messy Thai Orchid (still one of my favorite opaque purples), and Moretti DSP around the rim for a hint of metallic.


Lemon Meringue Discs
– made with Vetrofond Odd Lemon Meringue, a very pretty soft yellow.


Tangerine Sparkle Discs
– made with Vetrofond Odd Tangerine Sparkle, very bright orange with sparkle particles in it (for a subtle but very cool sparkly effect)

I have more info on most of these colours:
Vetrofond 943 Orange Sherbet Odd
Vetrofond 944 Tangerine Sparkle Special Odd
Vetrofond 949 Lemon Meringue Odd
Creation is Messy Thai Orchid
Moretti 275 Dark Silver Plum

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More purple, and a couple of floral focals

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I used a lot of different glasses in this set. Let’s see… I started with a base of moretti/effetre light purple transparent. Then I did a layer of vetrofond odd seashell swirl. Then, a bit of CiM thai orchid and CiM simply berry overtop… followed by some CiM cirrus frit, and some silvered ivory stringer. Whew! The light coloured rounds have all the above except the CiM thai orchid and simply berry. The darker small rounds are just thai orchid. Etsy listing here.


Base of vetrofond odd poppy, with white and yellow plunged florals. There are a few layers of florals, lots of depth. Etsy listing here.


Base of vetrofond odd poppy, with white plunged florals. Again there are multiple layers here. Etsy listing here.

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Return of the froggie beads

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I made a bunch of these last year and they were super popular. I don’t know why I stopped actually, I guess I just moved on to different things for a while. They’re fun to make and so cute! I love how they seem to have little personalities. I didn’t keep good track of the colours I used I’m afraid.


Yellow froggie


Green froggie


And, here is “Merlot Sunset.” I used a vetrofond dark ivory base, with some CiM thai orchid swirled overtop, then rolled in CiM bordello frit.. and I used some silvered ivory stringer on there too.

These are all up in the Ety store.

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Pendants and Goddess Beads

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We are doing three craft shows this weekend! My mom and I are splitting up on Saturday to do one each, and on Sunday we are doing one together. So last night I made some more pendants to sell, and a few more goddess beads.


CiM Lapis goddess


428 red orange goddess


Purple vortex pendant – CiM Lapis, CiM thai orchid, and white.


Vortexy sort of pendant with purples – CiM thai orchid, CiM lapis, and another purple, I think dark violet..


Yellow, orange, and black flower pendant


A mix of purples, I think some of the same ones listed above.


Another yellow, orange and black flower pendant.

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Goddess Beads and more baubles

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More baubles!


Silver pink goddess with thai orchid hair.


Thai orchid goddess.


Dark ivory base with ivory and intense black shards. I’m not sure if these are interesting or fugly.. but I think they have potential!

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Implosion pendants and a few colour experiments

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A clear base with CiM leaky pen overtop, and then white/leaky pen dots


Implosion pendants with CiM thai orchid


Implosion pendant with CiM Lapis… very pretty colour but I just didn’t quite implode it enough


CiM leaky pen on dark ivory… very reactive, a bit too muddy in my opinion


Here is CiM lapis with white decoration


CiM canyon de chelly implosion pendants, with both of these the bead release broke and I ended up with salvador dali style pendants.

I ordered some hollow mandrils, with which I hope to learn to blow shards and make blown vessels.