Wednesday, January 16, 2013

On the Bead Table: PJBeads

Early December I was at a bead show and stopped by Patricia Dugmore of pjBeads booth. She has such a passion for making lampwork glass beads, and in her words she says "The journey and discovery of glass is just as exciting today as it was on the day I took my first class." That was in 2003; a mere 10 years to hone such a talent. 

I picked up quite a variety from her as her beads were just so gorgeous. I could not help but stand there sifting through the baskets of multi-colored glass. My partners in crime (Christine and Sally) were right there beside me; just as mesmerized as I was. So you'll definitely be seeing more from me using her beads in upcoming earring designs. 

The pattern of each bead is its own custom design in red, black and olive green. My picture-taking skills (or lack there of) just don't do these justice. The colors are just stunning. I paired them up with some hammered silver to create paddles for my onyx rondelles. I haven't made paddles before, but found them easy to create. This is a second pair in a series of artisan bead earrings that I'm working of for the AJE Earring challenge.

26 comments:

Duni said...

The lampwork glass beads are so unique! I love the rich red colour :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh my goodness, those are gorgeous!

Memories for Life said...

I love those glass beads! I love how each one is so unique. Your earrings are so pretty!

Miss Val's Creations said...

These are stunners! I love the handmade beads and how they vary in their pattern. Nice work with the hammered headpins. They look great with the rondelles!

Christine Altmiller said...

These are THE most perfect earrings! Color, swing, style, whimsy. LOVE THEM!!! Wanna commit another crime in March?!

BamaTrav said...

Nice. xo

BeadedTail said...

Those beads are beautiful and so are the earrings! I go to a show every fall and buy lampwork beads directly from the artist too. It takes me forever to pick out some because they all are gorgeous but there's only so much money for beads sometimes. Darn it anyway.

Bobbie said...

A beautiful deep red bead will stop me in my tracks -- these are WONDERFUL!

And let me say, I think it would be huge fun to bead shop with you. I imagine we'd enable each other into all kinds of fabulous purchases....

Rose said...

I love lampwork beads! Beautiful bead picks and lovely earrings, too.

Caron Michelle said...

Fabulous - you have created a pair of beautiful earrings - those lampies are gorgeous!

Patti Van said...

GORGEOUS earrings! Your paddles are perfect in that design!!! The beads are gorgeous, too! A new source for me!!!!! Thanks!

Magic Love Crow said...

Stunning! Very pretty! I love the design! The glass beads are beautiful!

Jane said...

Just gorgeous! I love that each bead is unique.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

I can see why you were so taken with those beads, they are lovely! But o my, those earrings --whimsical, lush and unique.

Introverted Art said...

beautiful earrings. Love the luscious red.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You showed off those gorgeous lampwork beads beautifully!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love how the black beads echo the circles in the lampwork! I always think it's a good challenge to show off the lampwork while designing something that's you. You've done it! Love the silver with them.

Nancy said...

Lovely! I'm excited to see what you make of them!

Marcela Gmd said...

I have earrings, necklaces and rings lampwork glass I bought in Venice. They're very nice!!!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

About Last Weekend said...

I love glass and exciting now how also its being used in interior design - lampwork glass beads has a very Downton Abbey ring to it!

Alice said...

Beautiful earrings! I love the rich colors!!!

BackstoryBeads said...

Love how the olive green lights up the red in those focal beads. Your design is perfect. I'm going to have to try those paddles!

Marti C. said...

Very, Very pretty beads and I love the dangles!

Additionsstyle said...

Very cool beads! You created a cute pair of earrings with your cool bead treasures.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

AliMc said...

Awesome way to showcase great lampwork

Kathy Lindemer said...

Beautiful lampwork and earrings!

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