I love African glass beads. I recently used some of my stash in a necklace.

Necklace with large blue glass drop with various irregular striped tube beads and mostly blue or purple round glass beads.

I used a gorgeous cobalt blue Mali wedding bead as the focal. I got that and the tiny white and blue striped spacers from Andrew Thornton: Project Destash. It is likely I got some or all of the other beads there or Allegory Gallery, but I’m not sure. I tend to buy African beads wherever I go.

I’m not such a blue person, but this really charmed me. I love the cobalt, and when I tried to add many other colors to the necklace, I didn’t like it as much.

I’ve been working with paints and mixed media a lot lately and less with beads which is why I haven’t posted as consistently. I’ve got to get a grip on my messy studio to allow making to be easier. That’s always a work in progress, but sometimes it needs more attention than others, like right now!