Tonight I'm sharing some beautiful surprises with you.
First is an awesome heart bead by Payton Jett. When I saw the photos I just had to have this bead. I turned Payton onto Diane Setterfield's book, The Thirteenth Tale, and after reading about fire and cool grass, Payton was inspired to put that into glass...and Destiny was born.
Payton was destined to make the bead, and I was destined to wear
as a sign of an special connection to this story and to each other.
The second photo reflects my discovery of glass painted porcelain bead work by Joan Miller. Click on her name to be linked to her website and just be in awe of the incredible finite detail she pours into her work. I've not seen anything like it. Some of you might know her work as the heads and bodies for Penny Michelle's silver art pieces.
I have to learn more about this process so if you have info to share, books to suggest, tutorials to show me, please do!
Next are spectacular custom lotus beads I requested from Aimee Milan at PolyChromeBeads. The silver plum she used for the glass flower caps is my favorite. And the layers you see here? Beautiful, yes, but to see the true depth of them in person is simply jaw dropping. These beads are big and fat and luscious.
Lastly, my spirit friend has been telling me of her moonflower which blooms under moonlight...well, they can bloom from late afternoon to morning, but HERS bloom under moonlight which is so much more romantic! I didn't have one of her photos, but Amy J. Clark Haden was kind enough to allow me to use hers.
These flowers are the size of your open hand! Like a morning glory, they grow on vines. You can read more at Amy's site by clicking her name.
I'd love to hear any comments you have on the topics I've hoped to have entertained you with tonight. The more the merrier!
**UPDATE on October 16th: "Destiny" necklace is now complete and will be displayed in a future blog post.**