Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Wow what can I say ''I hoard beads ''. I have a huge stash some I love and some are waiting for that special moment .In my stash I have chains, buttons, semiprecious,pearls,plastic,resin and polymer clay beads.I even have a strand of faux pearl that is about 50 years old ,it was given to me by a lady that use to work at home making samples for a jewelry company.When she gave me the strand she said that she knew I would make something pretty with it.

The Bird
This is my third one .I bought a package of cardboard bird templates last year .It was 3 in a package for around $1.50 .I  bought 3 packages because I fell in love with the bird.There is a story behind why I love birds.You see when I was around 5 years old I found a baby bird in the street ,and he was hurt . I made my mom go into a store and ask for a box so I could take the bird home and nurse him back to health.Two days later the bird had died .We buried the bird in the box and in a beautiful are of the backyard.I cried for for days.

My stash all wired wrapped


 Here you could see the stands of the 50 year old faux pearls and my other beads  and metal stamped piece.The postcard on the right was given to me by my mother a couple of years ago  for mothers days.
The bird cage 
This bird cage was given to me by my daughter ,and perfect for my display picture.The cage has a magnetic board  with 4 tiny birds .

Wire Crochet and Wire Wrapping 

This piece was made with a mix of glass beads seed beads and Greek ceramic beads that Lori send me.The square brown beads are the Greek ceramic beads .The top part of necklace is wire wrapped then wire crochet and bottom part is wire wrapped.This for my daughter she already claimed it.





Chain and Wire Wrapping 
This is my last piece was made with my chain stash .I have a box full of odds and ends of chain pieces left over from previous projects.My focal is all wire wrapped into coils and I wire wrapped jet black beads with a chain dangles
Chain Focal
The Stash
                                               Thank you for visiting and keep on beading.

81 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous set of work! I love your pieces, they each have a unique feel to them, and are just fabulous. I don't blame your daughter for grabbing up that wire worked necklace, how lovely!!

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    1. Thank You NEDbeads ,this time I not do a collection like I did for the Bead Soup Blog Hop .I just decided to design the pieces as I went along.

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  2. The beadwork dangles on the bird is beautiful, really sets the whole thing off!

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    1. Thank you ,I still have 6 more to go. trying to get them done for Christmas.I love your wire wrapped earrings the ones with the pearls,beautiful.

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    1. Thank Lisa I use chains in most of my designs and love I love wire wrapping.

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  4. I especially like the wire crochet, I do wire wrap but suck at crochet (all I am able to do is a single crochet pot holder)

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    1. Thank you AW,I could only do single crochet and only only jewelry.I can not crochet a scarf or any piece of clothing.I am thinking of taking a class.

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  5. I really admire your skill with wire wrapping and crochet - all of your pieces are lovely!

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    1. Thanks you ,I enjoy wire wrapping specially free style.I don't like to follow directions and just the wires go were ever they want to go.It's more fun.

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  6. that bird piece is to die for :)

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    1. Thank you Paula ,my favorite piece also.

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  7. Wonderful creations - love your wire crochet work!

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    1. Thanks Mimi,visiting and liking my wire crochet.

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  8. Loved all three pieces, I really liked the last necklace the best!

    Blessings

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  9. OOh I love your designs! I think the Chain and wirework necklace is my favorite!

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    1. Thanks Heather ,I love to work with chains and wire .If I don't have any in my stash I feel empty.

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  10. The Chain and wirework necklace is soooo steampunky. LOVE IT!

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    1. I like the steampunk look.I did alot of pieces last year.

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  11. That bird creation is out of this world. It's amazing what wonderful beads we all have and just haven't used. I have a string of pearls (broken) from my grandmother that I only just recently started sharing with others.

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    1. Thank you Marlene,I am a very sentimental girl and that bird is something that every time I think of him I cry.
      It's my favorite piece.

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  12. All nice works! My fav is the wirework necklace!

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    1. Thanks taking the time to visit Ilena .

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  13. Hi Elsie, The cascading beads below the bird are lovely!
    It's nice to hear that you tried to save the bird.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  14. What beautiful pieces you created. I love the post card.

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    1. Thanks Mischelle ,the postcard was given to me by my mom on mothers day.I always save them them use them in my designs.

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  15. What lovely creations. The wire crotchet piece is just stunning.

    Catherine

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  16. Wow, how beautiful! The bird is fantastic, and you are so right, it's perfect on the cage.

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    1. Thanks Dry,I will live the bird on display on the cage.Sometimes we collect items and sooner or later they click together and something pretty is made .

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  17. Beautiful! I love the wire crotchet necklace.

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    1. Thank You ,I also love your necklace .Thank You for taking the time to visit.

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  18. love your work, always! The bird/photo frame a great - and I really love the final necklace design!

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    1. Thank you Hannah ,this was my third bird and 6 more to go .Each one has a different color story.I have them hanging in my door entrance.The last necklace I would probably sell.Did you post your ?

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  19. Your wire work is just lovely. I so love the Bead crochet and admire the technique. It takes strong hands to do, and I find mine are no longer strong enough. Splendid job!

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    1. Thank you Mary ,It took longer than usual I dislocated a finger and it was painful.

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  20. LOve the bird ! May I ask where you've brought them ? :)

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    1. I bought them at Michaels year they come blank and you just decorate them .They came in a pack of 3 for around $1.50 or $2.50.Thanks for liking .If you want one have still have more.Send me a message.

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  21. Beautiful pieces, every single one. I don't think I can pick a favorite.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  22. Beautiful designs. I especially love the first piece and the story behind it.

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    1. Thank You ,Cheryl it was a work of love.

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  23. Gracious that's a wonderful wire wrapped crotched piece!
    Your bird is just free creation lovliness!

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    1. I almost took apart that necklace but my daughter saw it and claimed it.Those birds make me very happy .I love making the them.

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  24. So wonderfully creative, love the wire wrapped bird necklace and the silver and black design is a stunning piece

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    1. Thank you very much for taking the time to visit.

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  25. The jewellery is a feast for the eyes! Love the birdies, and so many colours and techniques to see... You made nice pictures♥ too!

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    1. Thank Dini,I am one of your fans everything you make is also beautiful.

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  26. Such beautiful pieces but I am really taken with the cardboard bird and the story behind it. Just lovely.

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    1. Thank You Nelly for liking my bird and visiting .I visited your page.

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  27. Fabulous, and I adore your mixed media bird. Love how you included the vintage pearl chain and other beads to make it so special.

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    1. Thank You,those pearls have a special place in my heart.

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  28. Wow...and I thought I was only one with a daughter that wanted almost every piece I make...but love the crochet one...I crochet and have been really trying to incorporate it into my work. BUT the last necklace....that is sooo me! The bigger and bolder the better. Thanks for a great post.

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    1. Thanks Vera ,It does help to a teenage daughter the is my inspiration .Sometimes I have to hide some of the pieces from her.I also like to make bold pieces sometimes I start very small and I add and add until the piece is very bold.

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  29. I love all three pieces, I can't choose which one to like best. I think you do a wonderful job taking your pictures, including the roses and beautiful lace and frame! It really adds to the beauty of the jewelry/ornaments, but does not distract from the main attraction. Thank you for stopping by my blog and the nice compliment.

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  30. All of your pieces are beautiful..! I loveee them...
    your wire works are great..! :)

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    1. Thank Tanti ,I lived everything you made also.

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  31. Wire work is awesome. Love all the designs. Your childhood story was very touching. TFS

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    1. Thank You Jeannie for liking my designs .

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  32. Your work is amazing and inspiring!

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  33. So beautiful, Elsie... I am so touched by your story and your amazing lace-covered bird!

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  34. Gorgeous pieces. Love your story about the bird and your wire work is amazing. Especially the last piece

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  35. Gorgeous pieces, very nice designs!

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    1. Thank Kepi for the kind words coming from a very creative person that you are I am honored.I say that because I saw your beautiful necklace.

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  36. All three of your pieces are so, so fab! I love the birdie and the way you altered a simple cardboard template into something so beautiful. The first necklace has so much texture I just want to touch it. Your third necklace, though, is my favorite. I cannot put my finger on WHY though. I think it has to do with the very cool techniques you used and the awesome shape you achieved. All in all, you put your hoarded bits to amazing use!

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  37. Thank Crafty Hope ,my bird is hanging on the cage and in my room I intend to give it my granddaughter.I love to play with beads and wires and usually do not plan anything because I don't follow directions.

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  38. The bird is lovely and the cage...! I have to learn to wire crochet, you can do wonderful thing with it!

    Ambra

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  39. Thank You Ambra ,I am new to wire crochet and enjoy making piece incorporating the technique.Try you will be hooked.

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  40. Great designs! All so different and showing off your many talents. The crochet piece is wonderful...I can see why your daughter has claimed it :)

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  41. Your creativity is AMAZING! I love the bird, with all those gorgeous vintage beads, and the metal one, that last one? Oh gosh, I'd love to wear that. WONDERFUL work.

    Thanks for being patient with my slow hopping, and I appreciate your participating with such enthusiasm!

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    1. Thank you Lori,I enjoyed doing the both your beads swap and the bead hoarders blog hop .Each one was a challenge for me.I was afraid that my designs would not be up to par with the other great designers in the group.But participating in the hops made me more confident.

      Love ,
      Elsie

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  42. You are so creative! Absolutely love all the pieces.
    The Bird is beautiful and I really love the way you built up the story :-)

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  43. Thank you Shalini for liking all my pieces.

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