Saturday, February 21, 2015

ZnetShows Icy Reveal

In case you haven't's been snowing in Massachusetts!!! 
view of my deck circa blizzard #3

This New York Times article describes it perfectly - and the quote, "Driving is a game of blind chicken, because the intersections are blocked by 12-foot mounds of plowed snow",  really speaks to me! Every time I leave my driveway I fear I will get t-boned and pretty much all intersections really do inspire terror....  And, imagine that, we're getting six more inches this afternoon!   

In any case, being snowed in has done wonders for my beading time!  It was wonderful to be selected to contribute to ZnetShows' quarterly digital magazine Creative Spark (produced and edited by Hope of Crafty Hope)! What was even more perfect, is the theme for this issue was "icy".  Hah!  I didn't have to look far for inspiration!  

The stash ZnetShows sent me was full of gorgeous cultured sea glass.  

I was immediately drawn to the cone shaped cultured sea glass... perhaps because it reminded me a little of icicles.  But the big question loomed, how do I make it 'icy'?  I poured through my stash and saw that I also had clear Chinese crystal from ZnetShows!  

 I struggled with the two holes but then decided to just go for it and started beading around the cone.  Before long, a circular peyote strip formed and as I continued I added Chinese crystal...

I made some components on headpins, added them to some chain and voila! An icy pendant.  

Next up I couldn't stop looking at the long teardrop cultured sea glass.  Again I thought the clear Chinese crystal would complement it nicely and give it an icy feel!  

Imagine my delight when I saw this piece on the cover of Creative Spark!  (thank you Hope!!)

Finally - I just had to do something with those sand dollar and starfish made from cultured sea glass!! They were too gorgeous not to play with.  But let's face it - those were simply too hard to spin as 'icy'!! 

I have a few other pieces in progress, and will share those in the coming weeks.  Thanks again to Hope and to ZnetShows for including me in this icy issue of Creative Spark!   

This issue is full of amazing creations by all the contributors!  And one of my favorite features in the issue is an article called "Yoga for Beaders"!  It's great advice for folks (like me) who spend way too much time hunched over our beady projects!  

Here is a list of products used in these pieces:
S77-B881 Cultured Sea Glass teardrop round beads - opaque seafom color about 39x9mm
S84-B46 Culteured Sea Glass cone shape with double hole beads 46-opaque blue opal about 18x12mm
S03-46-ONE - Cultured Sea Glass round Beads 4mm 46-Opaque Blue Opal
 RS236-01 - Chinese crystal designer glass rondelle Beads faceted 16x12mm 01-Crystal -clear color    
P49-B23S Cultured Sea Glas and sand dollar pendants 21x19mm peridot
S27-B23xs Cultured Sea Glass starfish small beads peridot 20x7mm


  1. OOOOH! I saw your piece on the cover! it is really lovely and so elegant. I complain about the snow, but then I think ... at least it isn't as bad as MA! I saw a great meme this morning "Is it just me, or does anyone else think we're stuck in a snow globe & some jerk keeps giving it a shake?!"

  2. Beautiful work! Love how it's been influenced by our icy cold weather. Congrats on getting the cover photo as well! I am soooooo over this winter, and like you I live in fear of having my front bumper clipped when I'm trying to edge out of a street or parking lot, trying to see around a snow pile.

  3. Your pieces are beautiful and I'm so glad you are excited about being on the cover. That piece definitely speaks icy to me and was perfect for the cover. Stay warm and careful!

  4. Hi Amy I love your pendant. I wish I had received some of the cones to play with they are wonderful. Your cover pendant is beautiful too. Congratulations on being on the cover.

  5. Oh my gosh - that snow from your back deck is amazing. But it has provided some incredible inspiration. That sea glass is so beautiful. I have never worked with it and you really made some magic. Even better is that your piece was featured on Creative Spark. That definitely needs to go front and center. Beautiful beading, Amy!


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