Picture this - a wind-swept hill on green promontory of a land so rich and fair that life itself seems blessed. A lonely figure stands there - facing out to sea - the wind streams up to meet her from the shore below - carrying the cries of sea birds, the scent of rotting seaweed, and something else - the scent of change. And like the wind and the sea itself - there is no turning it aside.
Cultures come and go - but their art lives on, because without their art - we'd never know they were here. Can you imagine what future archaeologists will think when they dig up our treasured creations - our elaborate bead weavings, loomings and strung creations? They will think that we were exalted above all in our culture. I personally plan to be buried with all my jewelry. It's going to take a fork-lift to move the coffin. ;-)
These ceramic beads evoke cultures that have come and gone and been absorbed. Consider these Celtic Knotwork Beads - made from an unglazed, high-temperature fired clay. They are exquisite in their simplicity, and would make a fine focal point, or an accent in a larger theme.
Or how about this much more colourful Ceramic Pendant - Celtic Triskele Bead in Matte Raku. The three-armed Triskele is loaded with symbolism: motion, cycles, energies, progress, competition; spirit-mind-body; life-death-rebirth; past-present-future, to list just a few. And look at those colours!
And if you want to invoke days-that-never-were ... how about this raku Dragon vessel? The wings curve up and form two holes - so you can wear this as a pendant - with or without the tiny little (included) cork. Or this dragon, which is more of a western dragon than an Asian dragon.
Shooting straight from the past and into the future - the future of bright colour and high-tech understanding of faceting! Rivolis! Headlights to the future! OOooh the colours! Here we have the custom "Ultra" colours - Ultra Lime, Ultra Purple, Ultra Citrine, Ultra Blue, and ULTRA PINK! Plus more and a variety of sizes! Plus we have various findings to put them in! Some of the sizes, anyway.
Speaking of custom colours - some custom colours in Swarovski bicones too - Such as Mahogany
and Tangerine Purple Haze.
But wait - that's not all!
For sheer oooooh, aaaaaaah - it's tough to beat these ... Swarovski - Rhinestones - 23 mm Faceted Square (4675) - Purple Haze or Swarovski - Rhinestones - 23 mm Faceted Square (4675) - Green Sphinx which are as glorious on the back as they are on the front!
New additions to our size 11/0 Miyuki Seedbeads, and the same colours again in the size 8/0s.
New colours in the Czechmates 2 hole triangles ...
Two new size 15/0 metallic Charlottes - Bright Copper AB and Nickel-Plated.
And if you want a more earthy, natural look, check out the new Apple Jasper - in fall-themed fiery reds!
As ever - the new items can be viewed here, or click on a link or image and hop directly to that item! Go out there and make something that will out-live you! Cheers!