Wow, where has the time gone? It has been a year since I launched the blog and what better way to celebrate my blogiversary than with a big bead giveaway!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Maruti Beads to ask if I was interested in reviewing their beads. Their wares are so outside of my comfort zone that at first I didn’t know what to say. Then I decided that working with something new might be a great way to get my creative juices flowing. I said yes to the challenge and within a few days I had a big parcel of beads at my door. I was impressed with the speed of the delivery and the care that was taken with each bead being individually wrapped. Kuddos to Maruti Beads for treating their beads with such respect.
The first challenge was a repair project from a co-worker. I was handed a handful of stone, resin and wood beads with a carved stone accent bead and was asked to make a new bracelet from the lot. The focal bead was a small, carved jade green colored stone and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how it would have worked into the design. I decided to pull out my box of Maruti Beads and see if one of their beads what might work. I settled on a turquoise colored Kashmiri bead (made from marble powder and resin and studed with all sorts of accents). The hole is fairly large – about 3mm- so I added simple bead caps and called it a day. I think the new bracelet is lovely and the Kashmiri bead really helped to pull all of the other colors together.
My next piece was a challenge for me. I had made a simple strand of soft grey faceted moonstone and wanted to transform it into something a little more sparkly. I pulled out the following Kashmiri beads to work with:
I played with a number of options and finally settled on this:
See those pretty little sparkly Kashmiri beads at the top of the strands (again, these have large holes so I used a crystal bicone on either end). I also added some long Czech glass tube beads from a recent trip to Ornamentea, a vintage pressed glass bead from a bead swap, a faceted black onyx rondelle and an upcycled silver bead from a piece I picked up at a local thrift store. The result is just what I was after; long and simple with just a little pizzaz.
Finally, I wanted to make a little something as a give away. I sorted through the rest of the Maruti Beads and settled on another Kashmiri bead. This bead is a pretty silver with blue chain accents. I paired it with a simple blue glass spacer from HMB Studios, a little leftover chain and viola, I had a pretty little pendant.
I had a lot of fun working with these beads from Maruti Beads. I was able to incorporate them into my designs which still staying true to my own style. I want to help one of you to do the same, so I am giving away the following to one lucky reader:
1. The pretty blue pendant above
2. A lot of Lac beads (natural resin and marble powder formed into interesting shapes and swirls)
3. A lot of Kashmiri beads (marble powder and synthetic resin accented with all kinds of sparkly bits)
4. A lot of Maruti beads (Kashmiri beads accented with silver plated caps – pretty, pretty, pretty!)
In order to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog. How simple is that? I will draw a random winnder from all comments on Monday, November 5th at 7:00 pm Eastern. Be sure to share this giveway with all of your beady friends. The more, the merrier!
Until next time,