Bead Fest Philly is right around the corner! I am not selling there, but I have many friends who are. I am heading there for the weekend, and so excited to see some friends I met in the spring there, and meet some friends for the first time (like Barbara Bechtel from Second Surf. It's the first time I get to meet someone from Love my Art Jewelry in person!!!)
I always agonize over what jewelry to wear to something like Bead Fest. So I challenged myself to make something using as many art beads from various artists (friends) from my stash as I could. I think most of these ladies will be there next weekend, either to sell or visit. I wanted to represent all the talent that I love while at the show!!!!! So without further ado, I give you,
"Bead Babes Rock"
It was challenging for me to squeeze so many beads into one piece. I wanted to wear it, so it had to be my choker style, which doesn't allow for too many focals at once. I used one of my silver swirl focals along with a beautiful black raku bead from Lisa Peters Art. From there I added a garnet donut and a raku ammonite from Surburban Girl Studio, some petal pearls and labradorite.
On the other side, I added some stick pearls, one of Genea Beads lovely stick / toggle bar beads, a disc bead from Marsha Neal Studio, a raku with beautiful burgandy flash from Maku Studio, another garnet bead and red pearl.
But that still wasn't everyone!!!! How would I add more??? Well, since I always wear tank tops or tops with very open backs, I decided to go fancy and make the necklace pretty in the back too. So I added a claps with a pretty U shaped dangle that allowed me to add a star from Starry Road Studio and a drop from Joan Miller Porcelain. It is adjustable, and the extra chain makes two more drops down my back.
So, I have something I will wear all the time, with the Bead Babes in my stash represented! I would say its just my style. I know this will be my new favorite necklace!
(messy hair, no make-up, but that necklace is just fab!!! LOL!)
Are you going to Bead Fest? If so, are you meeting up with anyone, doing a swap? Making something special?