The first one to arrive in my mailbox was from Rhonda. This fun, colourful lampwork bead was made by an artist from the Austin, TX area. Her name is Connie Quimby. I love the bright yellow and orange against the snow white background.
My second focal, from Andra, came in the mail this week. This natural stone bead is spectacular! It's quite large too, about 2.5" at its largest point. There is a hole that goes the whole way through it. I love working with semi-precious gemstones and I'm thinking that some fluorite or amethyst beads will match up with it quite nicely.
Andra, I'm sure, would turn such a lovely bead into one of her fabulous bead embroidery centrepieces. You must check out some of her creations on her blog. They are intricate and beautiful masterpieces. I will probably create a very minimalist piece with this focal. I mean, the wonderful focal speaks well on its own. I don't think it needs too much else to highlight it.
Even though I specified to send ONE focal bead only, both my partners sent me a few little extras. Thanks to both of you. They will come in handy for future projects. This has been great fun! I hope you will all participate next time.
See a list of the participants below and be sure to visit all the blogs to see what they received too.
Dee Torcherer Elgie