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I’ve been watching presentations from The Great Bead Extravaganza this weekend. Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery showed how to decoupage on metal to make customized pendants. I think that will be fun to try so I can use some of my own paper crafts. I bought a great kit from Candie Cooper, and she showed how she used it for earrings and a bracelet. Kay from Star’s Beads showed how to make a variety of tassels. I love tassels!

So I was busy and did not make much, but I did make two pair of earrings. I’m going to have a lot made by the time the Artists for Animals Auction gets here! I feel so relaxed knowing I won’t be rushing to get ready at the end.

Pair one features some wonderful filigree dangles from Vintaj.

Earrings with brass findings, including a semi-rectangluar shaped filigree dangle. Beads are a round red, gold, blue red, green and white millifiore cubes, and faceted translucent honey beads.

The second pair has Czech glass beads showing a cat playing with a ball of yarn. I’m in love with everything about these beads – the motif, the shape, the colors. I got those from Allegory Gallery.

Earrings with silver findings, with a red bead, silver bead cap, silver melon bead, yellow and red spacers, a rectangular blue Czech glass bead with a cat playing with a ball of string meant to look old and crackles with bronze accents, and small dangle beads at bottom in blue striped, pink and green.

If you are in the current US heatwave, stay cool! If you aren’t, I hope you are having good weather where you are.