Sunday, June 17, 2012

A trip down memory lane

( this picture shows all my small spacers, approx 700 beads ;-)

Because I was unable to torch for a few weeks and missed fondling my beads, I took the resolution to organize my boxes and bags full of my own handmade beads. This took me own a trip down memory lane, and I want to share it here with you.

As some of you may know I took up lampworking more than 9 years ago because I was looking for unique beads to incorporate into my jewelry designs.
I was constantly on the search for that something special. Then , thanks to a friend, I was introduced to the wonderful world of lampworking. That did not ease my situation!
Technically speaking, it took me a few years to get the knowledge to be able to make the beads I imagined...but then the interest in making jewelry quickly faded as I became more and more obsessed with the beadmaking part and less interested in the jewelry designing part.

At about the same time I discovered lampworking, I also started making rosaries and religious inspired jewelry and this has been yet another direction in which I have been going since.
Quickly, it became clear to me that, being a devout catholic and having earned a master degree in theology, the rosary making should be my primary occupation and I am very happy with it.

Of course, my lampworking reflected this and I have been making many sets of smaller beads meant for using in rosary making, thus supporting fellow rosary makers in their designs. This explains why many of the bead sets in my etsy shop are organized either by 6 or by 10 beads, this being the number of beads mostly used in rosary making.

During my bead organizing, I realized I have way too  many beads. I used to hoard them for jewelry making purposes, but now it is clear to me this will not happen ;-) On top of this, my dads severe health issues and his suffering a few cardiac arrests during the last weeks made me realize we will not be here for always and we will not be able to take our beloved beads with us...

Yesterday I registered for the next bead soup blog party organized by the amazing Lori Anderson and it dawned on me what to do with all these beads. Almost all of  those treasured beads I could not bear to separate with will be neatly packed into surprise bags and listed in my etsy shop over the course of the next weeks.

For all of you who have read until here, I have a question: would you prefer the bags to have a mixture of focals, larger and smaller beads, or rather organized by color, style and size? Please leave a comment telling me of your preferences !


re-maker said...

Most importantly, I hope your father is on the mend. As for the beads... that's a tough choice. I guess I'd prefer a mix organized by color.

ingetraud said...

Nice beads!

Pretty Things said...

Very cool to learn the story behind the sets!

Pat Haight said...

Personally, I prefer sets to be organized by style, color or size.
Hope your Dad is doing better.

steufel said...

Oh, all the best to the recovery of your father. And those jars with beads look so cool:-) I love sets organized by color.

Sherri Stokey said...

Hmmm... hard question. Sometimes I'm looking for a certain color or size and sometimes I like to find a mixture with a focal and some related beads... hahaha - I guess as long as it's beads, I'm in!!