One of the remarkable artists I admire so much is Patty Lakinsmith, http://www.pattylakinsmith.etsy.com/ , who makes the most remarkable lampwork beads. Recently she sent me a gorgeous bead and here's what I came up with. Oh, did I mention that she's remarkable? :)
And here's a close up of the bead. I wish I had about ten of them!!!
I love the way this piece looks and hangs. I think the colors of the wonderful bead are really highlighted with the "antique" finish of the metal, don't you? This has presented a real dilemma for me.....I want to keep it for myself and wear it...but I also want to post it in my Etsy store so that folks can see it. Maybe they have a bead they would want made into something like this.
Oh, what's a girl to do??
I've also kept up with my custom orders and recently did one I'm very proud of because of the significance of the piece to my customer. Her Dad died and left her some stones and she wanted to have them made into a cuff. He was a forester, so the design element included leaves, of course....one of my favorite things. Here's the original sketch:
And here's the result: