|Heart charms by Nunn Designs & pressed glass bellflowers|
It started with a trip to Fusion Beads to drop off class proposals for their summer session. Since it was right before my Rings workshop, I decided to pick up a couple of new focals for new rings, and since it was almost Valentines Day, I decided, why not?
Especially when I found these fun heart charms by Nunn Design. The rustic, weathered look of the antiqued copper immediately made me start thinking of alternate "Valentine" color palettes.
|My color palette focused on purples & copper instead of pinks & golds|
|"Prickly Heart" ring|
|You can really see the 'arrow heads' in this view|
|Staring circle of beads|
The goal here was to create an interesting base that I could then embellish with the charms. Both the charms and pressed glass flowers are thread magnets - so I prefer to add them at the very last moment. With both rings, by the time I finish building the base, I ended up debating with myself whether or not I really wanted/needed to add the additional embellishments.
Here's a photo I snapped of my second ring before I started embellishing, so you can see what I mean:
|Be Mine Ring before I added embellishments|
I really debated whether I wanted to stop here. Except I was in a "more is more" mood, and I still had the puffed heart charm burning a hole in my bead mat, so I kept stitching.
|Flowers and a Valentine|
I've worn both rings several times in the past week, and everywhere I go people comment. They are intrigued by the fact that you can make rings out of beads (of course we can!). It seems to be a toss up as to which people like more. The charms make the rings especially fun to wear. Because they are both sewn on short tethers, they can flip and turn, and add a dynamic element. Such fun!
Last week I sent out a 'sneak peek' to my friends on my mailing list, something I've not done before. My thought was to send it out early enough to give people time to make their own V-Day rings, if they wanted, because I seldom think of lead time. One of my bad habits.
So there's my first ever Valentine's beading. Really! In all the years I've beaded, I don't think I've ever made anything for Valentine's Day before.
Do you bead for Valentine's Day? What do you make?
Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you have a wonderful time this weekend, whatever you decide to do.
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