Lucite is an acrylic resin created by DuPont in 1937. Its hey day was during the 40s and 50s. Initially it was created as a replacement for glass windows, but was also marketed to jewelers who took full advantage of it affordability and its shimmery beauty.
I've always taken great pride in only working with "real" materials, no plastic or fakes stones. I've had a small hand full of these beads, I knew they were lab made, but didn't know anything beyond the fact that they were some sort of plastic material. I've hesitated to use them in my work...but now that I understand what they are, it changes everything. I've been wearing earrings I made from some white round vintage moonglow lucite beads for about a month. People often comment on them. I have grown to really like them, but was sheepish about falling for some "plastic" beads, but that was before I knew their provenance. Get a pair of earrings for yourself at my next art show. These are guaranteed to go fast. As the very sweet older gentleman told me where I purchased my first pair of high heels, "May they bring you much happiness."
OMG, I felt giddy like a drunken sailor this morning as I booked room after room after room for upcoming art shows. Wait, I think I am a drunken sailor! Come see me in Sturgeon Bay, May 29th & 30th and you can reach your own conclusion - I'll introduce you to my new friends, we'll show you our matching tattoos.
Just popped open an email accepting me into the Mt. Horeb Art Fair over the weekend of July 17 - 18. I've made no attempt to hide how excited I am each and every time I'm accepted into an art fair. Being accepting into Mt. Horeb is no exception. I've never done the show there before, yet I know the town is beloved by it's residents and all the folks who make annual pilgrimages there to see the gnomes that are ubiquitous. ET, gnome home!
OMG, I can't hardly wait to pack up all my bracelets I've been weaving for...13 months(?), load up my little Honda, turn up t my favorite driving music, and point us to the ever magical Door County, WI. My first show of 2021 of beaded wrap bracelets will be in Sturgeon Bay, WI at the beautiful, downtown venue of Martin Park over Memorial Day weekend. Event hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday, May 29 and 10am-4pm on Sunday, May 30. Make your plans NOW. I miss you.
Twelve plus months of hanging out at home, alone. Wait I'm not alone, three very large cats are roaming around, a large flock of peepers and three crazy singing canaries are here with me. So, as the saying goes, you're not really talking to yourself OR drinking alone if your cats are home, right? I've put the wealth of ALL this time to good use. One of the surprisingly fun things I've accomplished was to through and organize my bead collection. I have SO many lovely beads I've collected over the years. Been making some great new wrap bracelets with beads I had forgotten I had. You, my friends, will be the beneficiaries of my cleaning and organizing. Can't wait to see you this summer. Be sure to check out my show schedule here.
Vintage crystal contains lead - it's what makes it shine in a way that is different from crystal produced today. Red vintage crystal contains GOLD. Gold was used in red glass produced for stained glass windows, and for red crystal production. I don't often come across vintage red crystal, but when I do, it's time to rejoice. When the sun shines it's time to take photos.
It's been a while since I picked out beads and a beautiful button to weave a new bracelet. Here it is. Number 1 of 2021.
The button was rescued from a truly horrible sweater - I have seven more! The larger smokey crystals remind me of the twilight of deep winter. The smaller black glass beads are slightly irregular and have an iridescent sheen. There are small gun metals round beads along with beautiful denim blue opaque crystals that punctuate the length of this generous double wrap.
It could be yours! All you need to do is ask. : )
I LOVE pulling out my oversized shopping bag filled with all the bracelets I've made. I do it before and after every art fair. After the holiday season I relax and don't think about bracelets for a few weeks - until application season kicks in, which it has. : )
First count of each year is so interesting. First count informs me of what sold well in previous seasons, what style or size may not be working well and what sizes, colors and styles I need to begin making. I've been selling my beaded bracelets for nine seasons! One of the most interesting pieces of information is the total number of bracelets I sold each season.
Later this week I'll begin doing "set-ups." I'll share that part of my behind the scenes operation later.
Until then, enjoy the bead hoard!
I'm feeling hopeful.
I have to believe that we will see each other this summer at our beloved art shows.
Believing that art shows will return this summer is a necessary tool for my survival these next few month. Winters in the midwest are always toughest in January and February. Since January 1, I have seen the sun twice. Today is January 19th.
I check my spread sheet of art shows and when applications are due, I don't want to miss any critical dates. This year the application process it feels different, more tentative, more precious. "You don't always know what you've got 'till it's gone," Joni Mitchell.
We all know what a worldwide disaster 2020 was. Tragedy, grief and loss spared no one anywhere. Life as we know it has undergone a massive reset. Life will forever more be divided into "before' and "after."
2021 will be different.
I predict that in 2021 we will all know how to be safe, many of us will have been vaccinated and we will gather again in joy.
Get ready, show season 2021 will be a joyful celebration all year long. I don't need to tell any of you why, we all know, we've all lived through 2020.
I can't wait to see you all again. I've missed you.
I've completely given into my lifelong love of beads, stones, making stuff and stories, not particularly in that order.