This year I finally made it to the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee and had a blast!! My husband and I made a day trip up to Milwaukee (my college town) and walked the floor of the market then enjoyed a delicious Wisconsin Style Dinner in the Third Ward. He was one of maybe 20 men walking around the convention floor but had just as much fun looking at the beads, gemstones, kilns, wire, tools, and polymer clay as I did. I was really there to just take it all in and see what it was like and what I enjoyed the most.
I’m slowly working on making jewelry with my fabulous purchases and these lovely dangly tulip earrings were the first to be completed. I was immediately taken with Gardanne Beads enamel metal beads when I walked by her booth. I had recently viewed Jill Wiseman’s Tiny Tulip Earrings Video and had been wanting to make a similar pair of earrings. I was unable to locate the metal findings at the show but then I saw Anne Gardanne’s tulip shaped beads I was even more thrilled. They were the right size and came in different colors! I picked out a pair of tulip shaped enamel metal beads with pink and blue hues.
I was easily able to find complimenting supplies in my bead stash to make the earrings. I used Czech fire-polished glass beads in cornflower blue and pink, copper Myuki glass seed beads, and Swarovski crystal bicones in navy blue fro the dangles. I placed the beads on copper head pins to create the dangle from within the center of the tulip bead.
I love what can be created from multiple sources of inspiration! I feel fabulous and creative when I wear them!