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ornate heartsTwo ornate 'puffy' silver heart beads, hollow in the center with holes at top and bottom for stringing. Each is about 1" wide and lightweight. Sold as a set of two. I will consider selling them separately -- so let me know if you'd like to buy only one for $19.00.

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Just changed the name of our Etsy Shop to 'BeadyEyedBird'.  Next plan is to send out regular blog posts on the ABC's (or maybe I should say A to Z story) of beads and gems.  Hopefully it will be a valuable educational exercise for those who want to know more about the history and nature of the universe of exotic materials that go into beaded and jeweled creations.

Check out the new store and updated photos and shop info at: 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadyEyedBird?ref=search_shop_redirect

 

Just got back from New Orleans/Michigan trip and have in hand a great 'Voodoo Shop' bead collection to post photos of soon! 

http://www.voodooneworleans.com/

Just in time for Halloween -- hand-selected bone, stone, and metal bead-fetishes, each with their own mystical 'character' -- from Mexican silver sacred hearts to carved Indonesian talismans, you'll find everything you need for your costume adornments.  See the new items soon on our Etsy site:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadonnaBeads?ref=search_shop_redirect

 

So happy to be headed for New Orleans in a few days, mostly for work on a board I serve on, but there will be a tiny bit of time for (hopefully) visiting beloved relatives (GO CAJUNS!), visiting my childhood home, and scouring the French Quarter for exotic beads.  Maybe my old favorite the Voodoo Shop will have something interesting, just in time for Halloween!  Here in Santa Fe there's an incredible jewelry artist (need to find out her name!) doing gorgeous beaded earrings with shiny black skull beads and sparkly crystals -- never have skulls looked so beautiful!  We'll see what we find in New Orleans and I'll keep you posted!

Passing the Flame

This gorgeous book by Corrina Tettinger takes artisans step-by-step through the craft of making all kinds of exquisite lampworked beads -- from details on recommended equipment and supplies, to the universe of glass beads that have been designed and that are still waiting for the imaginative artist to interpret and create.  I highly recommend it for not only artisans and beadmakers, but for anyone who would like to know more about how beautiful glass beads are made.

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