I've entered many giveaways in the past, but it's a very rare occurrence to actually win. Of course, it's nice to spread the fun around, too, so I don't enter all the giveaways, either.
But this time it was my turn! Halstead Bead, Inc. was giving away a set of tool organizers to 3 lucky winners. They are perfect for my new work bench - and I'm hoping I will get a few more metalsmithing pieces done with my lovely, new, and organized bench space!
Friday, September 20, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Sun-inspired beaded and wire wrapped suncatcher with antique chandelier crystals.
There is nothing as mesmerizing on a sunny day as watching rainbows glitter on the walls through a suncatcher - or several! I remember playing with suncatchers as a child - heck, I still play with suncatchers as an adult!
Beaded and wire-wrapped suncatcher with antique chandelier crystals.
While I love the rainbows splayed from traditional crystal suncatchers, I also love stained glass, witchballs, and beaded window ornaments. I have not learned how to make stained glass or blown glass, so while I purchase the first two, I happily make the beaded suncatchers!
Simple spiral beaded suncatcher with antique chandelier crystals.
Many beaded suncatchers are simple to make - crimp beads onto fishing line or string them on a wire spiral and hang! I like these, but I also like more detailed window ornaments - ones that remind me of stained glass.....or are fun and quirky!
Suncatcher for those who like rain - even sunny days can bring joy!
And crystals can always be added to these, too, if you desire a bit more sparkle - and the lure and nostalgia of rainbows!
Nature-inspired suncatcher with crackle glass and quartz chip beads.
This is my biggest and sparkliest all crystal suncatcher - Columbine - made from Swarovski crystals and entered in one of Fire Mountain Gems' beading contests:
My largest and most detailed suncatcher yet! Swarovski crystal and copper - "Columbine".
Wish Me Luck and Happy Creating!