Fun with Focals Challenge – Humblebeads

Heather Powers, from Humblebeads, is having a week long challenge called “Fun With Focals.” She is giving away a gift certificate to Humblebeads and a subscription to Stringing Magazine! Each day requires a different task; above is my entry for Day 1, which was creating a horizontal focal. The necklace focal is made from my Champagne Tundra swirl beads and my own handmade beaded bead in copper lined blue. The chain is copper as well – they all go together very well!

I have some other ideas for Days 2 and 3, but have to wait for some supplies to arrive in the mail – UGGHH! I hate that! I wish there was a really good store here where you could buy everything you needed for all your ideas!

Customer Work

My pal Kris (krissy5271 on etsy) has purchased a BUNCH of beads from me in the past few months! All summer long, she made these great creations for the store where she works in Long Beach Island. They were beach-themed bracelets and earrings that sold wonderfully for her. She recently had surgery and now has time to stock her etsy store while she recuperates. Some of her work is shown above! Isn’t it great? I love her style – I love the “English garden” effect of the bracelets – full of beautiful things one right after the other! The autumn earrings are especially nice too! Take a look at her shop! I know she’ll appreciate it! She makes things that don’t include my beads, too!

What to do with Buttons

I had a request for info on what to do with buttons in jewelry design. Besides using them as dangles or earrings or focals on a piece (just string them on the beading wire, and use some bicones to hold them in place), you can also use them as clasps. I used a shank button and my aqua rainbow beads to make a bracelet for my sister-in-law’s birthday. This button was from Fusion Beads – they have some nice ones! I also made my mom a bracelet with a Scotty Dog button and some black decorated beads (mine, of course!).

My Button Finds Today

I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t do a lot of shopping. I do the grocery store, things the kids need, etc., but I don’t do shopping for fun or sport. Today I went out to 5 stores (shudder): Target, post office, JoAnn’s, Kohl’s and the grocery store. When I was at JoAnn’s, after I found what I needed (black ribbon for a necklace idea) I decided to have a look at the buttons. WOW! SO many buttons, so little money! Here’s a look at what I got today! Fun! (Excuse the photos – crop to mask and me don’t really get along).

Beads of Courage

I’m behind on everything this weekend, it seems. Behind on laundry, bead listing, bead making, house stuff, posting on blogger, reading my daily blogs! But I wanted to show you a photo of some beads I am sending Beads of Courage this week. You can read about it by clicking the link, but basically the program provides donated beads to children in various stages of cancer treatment. After each treatment, they receive a bead to string on their necklace, to mark off the procedures they have gotten through! It’s a great program, and I wish I had done this sooner. But better late than never, I guess! They are all swirly beads made on a 3/32″ mandrel for ease of stringing.