To Etch or Not To Etch?

Regarde, before thee, a photo of two beads. To etch or not to etch, that is the question. I really like the organic quality of the etched bead (the second one), but I also really like the colors that you can see with the unetched bead (the first one). So, my question to thee – to etch or not to etch?

Two things – 1) I apologize for the quality of the photo. While I can somewhat take pictures now, it doesn’t mean I can process them. I guess I need to take Photography for Dummies. 2) I am not asking whether you like the actual beads; I realize that question would be one of taste. I am just asking which one you prefer!!!

Thank you!

Edited to add: to see the beads better, you may have to click on the photo to make it bigger. This is my fault – the photo is ok, but like I said, the processing leaves something to be desired! It is hard to see the difference, but the first one is shinier than the second!


Another post today – oh wow! My mom just gave me these buttons! I had mentioned to someone before that I knew my grandmother had bunches of buttons, but didn’t know where they ended up. My mom found some of them. I made her a bracelet with a scottie dog button from Fusion Beads, (because Scottie Dogs are her favorite things!) and she said she had some more scottie dog buttons somewhere. Here they are! The scottie dogs are from Maine, the hearts are Japanese buttons, and the union jacks are actually from the UK, because they are marked 20 p (which means 20p, or 20 pence to us). You may have to click the photo to see the detail in the scottie dog buttons – they are kind of light.


I never thought I was a lucky person – my brother was the luckiest person I ever met. He was always winning things – a 500 gallon (not really but it was big) fish tank, a jet ski, stuff like that! Not me – I got third place in a math contest once at my school and that’s about the only thing I can remember “winning.” But ever since I joined the bloggy world, I feel lucky! I have met some very nice people, and I have actually won some giveaways as well! I thought it was high time I showed some of them here, and maybe you’ll visit their stores as well!This pendant is from Lynn Davis, of expeditiond on etsy; first off, I photographed it upside down – sorry Lynn, very very sorry! Anyways, she was having this giveaway on her blog, and I won it! I can’t wait to make something with it, with my lampwork beads of course!

This next one is a bottle cap pendant and art card from Kerry Bogert of Kabs Creative Concepts; on her blog, she asked some advice on what she should wear when she shot her appearance on Beads, Baubles and Jewels! I mentioned in a comment that I really thought the color of the sweater she had on in her blog photo would be great for tv, and really made her look nice! She decided to go with my suggestion, and sent me this little gift!

Finally, Pearl from The Beading Gem’s Journal was having a giveaway with Patricia’s polymer clay beads from thecolorofdreams on etsy. I won her beautiful polymer clay beads shown here just for leaving a comment. You should visit her store – she makes great beads! And check out Pearl’s blog; she always has such interesting things in it and lots and lots of useful advice and tutorials!

I also feel like a winner because I have quite a few items in publications this winter! I am glad because business is so far down this year, it’s about half of what it was last year. I really enjoy what I do, so I hope that the increased business from the visibility of these publications will help me to be able to keep making beads!

Later today or tomorrow I’m going to post about a bead I purchased from LeAnn of SummersStudio because it is just so beautiful I can’t wait to make myself something from it! And then I’m going to have a giveaway of my own!