This collection of beads is designed to have a soft silky well worn vintage look to them. They look as though they have been cut out from a dearly-held favorite old card or picture that gives just a small snapshot of a garden bed.
My inspiration comes from heartfelt memories of warm summer days in my grandmother's garden. She has the early stages of dementia now but still loves to talk about her flowers. I have also drawn inspiration from the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes", when Evelyn has brought a fresh batch of "fried green tomatoes" to Ms. Threadgoode who resides in the nursing home. Her walls are covered in old pictures and postcards of flowers to remind her of her gardens back home.
The beads are made from oval wood pieces, floral ephemera, and many coats of resin and sealants. They measure approximately 2-1/4 x 1". They have many uses and can be wire wrapped or have bails glued onto them to make a beautiful pendant. I also think they would be beautiful wrapped in filigree.
I love the soft hint of flowers and foliage and the bright garden colors. The 16 pieces I have posted at purplefishclaybeads.etsy.com do not have holes drilled into them, but I will be posting some that have a hole at the top or two on the side. I am not sure if I am going to offer that as a "made-to-order" or not. I will post the 16 I have listed with links directly to them.
I used one of the beads as a focal for the felted bracelet I made.
In celebration of the new line - if you post a feedback comment and re-post the blog you will be entered for a chance to win one of the beads. I will be giving away three of them to three lucky winners. Thank you for joining in my celebration!