Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yummy Caramel Beads with Vibrant Raw Polymer Clay Flower Canes

I went with a beautiful rich caramel base – see my post on the Polymer Clay Canes Blog for the whole story – and as I worked with these beads, I could not decide if I was going to use them myself or offer them up for sale. I held them in my hands for a very long time before deciding. They are silky smooth and just sweet to hold onto, but I put them in my Etsy store for the moment.
They are 15mm lentils with gorgeous yellow flowers paired with stunning and vibrant purple violet flowers. These canes are part of my personal collection; the violet cane is sold separately in my Etsy, Artfire and Blue Morning Expressions stores. They are a regular and repeated popular raw cane.
The beads are sanded smooth and lightly varnished.

Then there are these beads:

This set of 6 lentil shaped beads are 20mm in size and are silky smooth with 2mm holes pierced through them. The beads are a floral garden of vibrant colors. Crimson red daisy canes, another set of violet purple flowers and finished with my pinwheel cane of bright blue and outrageous orange make up the flower garden. These colors are bright and gorgeous in person.
Hand sanded and lightly varnished, these beads will make a great necklace and bracelet set.
Last, but not least of the beads are these Victorian inspired beads in 15mm lentil size.

When I created the rose and pale green flower cane, the first thing I thought of was the muted floral patterns that is sometimes seen on Victorian era wallpaper or is used in the vintage postcard and paper collections. These colors lent themselves to a soft and almost romantic flower.
Pairing them on the caramel beads only served to add more warmth to the flower and when I first saw these beads, I thought they would be lovely on an antique silver bracelet with resin rounds and acrylic leaves.
I did two things with these listings that I normally do not do, but plan on making it a practice. I listed them with design ideas and accompanying bead lists and I listed them with their own navy blue felt jewelry bag. I am including the bags so that you can put your finished piece in it when you offer it for sale or give it as a gift.
I like these beads and they are perfect for any number of projects.
Enjoy the beads, bead inspired and thank you for your continued support.
Julie and Blu