Monday, June 27, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day with their family and friends.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Also, being as versatile as possible, I consider some requests to be a real challenge and helps my art develop into realms which I never thought I would go. There are even several designs for new pendants and beads which came out of requests from family and friends and are now some of my best sellers.
Ideas can also just come from "suggestions" from customers or just chatting in general. If something sounds interesting enough to me, I will give it a try.
Just recently, I came up with a new design by just chatting with my hubby. I called him Jeremy, a big toothy grin with a baseball cap. I am thinking now of doing a whole set, calling them the "J Team", naming them all with "J" names - - should be cute. My mother also saw this bead and now I have the "challenge" of making one wearing a Cubbies cap for my Dad. Being a life-long Chicagoan until his retirement to Arizona, he's always been a fan of the Cubs. I now have to study their logo and figure out how to transfer that image into glass. I hope all comes out well with it and I will post a picture of it when it's done.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I’ll give you a hint. They have incredible bands and patterns, come in a wide variety of beautiful colors, found all over the world, and each one is completely unique. Give up? The answer is Agate. Agates are semi-precious gemstones that form layer-by-layer within a hollow cavity of a host rock. Although any old host rock will do, most agates are formed inside lava rocks. The colors and patterns of Agate are directly influenced by environmental changes (i.e. temperature or pressure). Agates can be found in every color of the rainbow; however blues and greens are rare to find.
For thousands of years people have touted Agate for having a wide range of metaphysical properties. Some of the reported capabilities include stabilization and cleansing of the aura, prevention of insomnia, promotes positive dreams, improves concentration, memory and stamina, relieves allergies, enhances creativity, makes you more persuasive, and protects against danger. Because Agate is the birth stone for Gemini, it is said to have the most positive effect of those born into this zodiac sign.
In ancient times, Agate was used as weapons, tools, mortars and pestles, as well as carved into bowls because of its hardness. We may not use Agate to create weapons and tools these days, but they do create beautiful pins, marbles, beads, brooches, and more.
-By Guest Blogger: Bead Girl Jewelry http://www.beadgirljewelry.com/