Beads, beads, beads...

Beads, beads, beads...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Collection of Fun Things

Thrift stores entice me.  Yard sales call my name.  I could spend a day in antique and collectible shops. I can spend hours treasure hunting.  I have been trying really hard to spend time making some new treasures from all of the "finds" I have brought home with me!


This piece has a mix of old buttons, charms from found jewelry, czech glass beads, an earring from my collection of jewelry from an aunt who passed away and it is on a chain I found at the local thrift store.
It also contains some polymer beads that I made.  I purchased a small Wedgewood plate from an antique shop.

I made two polymer molds from the raised relief on the plate.  I made a ball of neutral colored polymer and put a pin in the center for a hole.  Using the two molds I pressed on two sides of the ball of polymer with the pin in it.  This made a coin shaped bead with the same relief that was on the plate.  After baking this bead I antiqued it with acrylic paints.





I love how it all came together!

It is a wearable story... especially when you think about where those buttons have been!

5 comments:

  1. I love, love your beads! Such a great necklace, full of possiblities and stories.

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  2. Wonderful! My husband has recently started attending local auctions - he is mostly hunting for old sports stuff (I stay home with our little one). Anyways he has all sorts if instruction to be on the lookout for textures for me. We just missed out on a lot of old Indian wood blocks - just went iver budget

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  3. I love the vintage feel of the piece and the story behind it.

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  4. Lovely! Love your polymer beads, they are so pretty and pull this necklace together making it harmonious.

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  5. all the pieces are just truly amazing! you really have a talent of finding great stuff, Marian!!!!

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