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'Tuolumne Afternoon''Tuolumne Afternoon''Tuolumne Afternoon'
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#22798 'Tuolumne Afternoon'

The muse behind 'Tuolumne Afternoon' are the warm and perfectly patterned deep red round bead set. These remind me of the famous, warm boiled wool blankets of Canada's Hudson Bay Company. That made me think of our more local Yosemite and the High Sierra in general during much of the year when evenings are chilly and the sky is punctuated with brilliant stars. From there I added in a marvelous cabin charm with a generous front porch and soon I was back in Yosemite or in Calavaras Big Trees in Stanislaus National Forest. I added in the amazing sculptural red poppies (looking very much like Iceland Poppies) to celebrate Tuolumne Meadows gorgeous springtime display of wild flowers and including masses of radiant poppies.
 

But it all began with the deep red lampwork set and the warm feeling at thought of a heavy wool blanket on an ice cold forest night.In any case, 'Tuolumne Afternoon' is a blessed piece, a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of forest, blanket, sky and meadow and most especially the extraordinary lampwork beads which were created by 8 different gifted glass artists both here and abroad.The focal lampwork round beads are by an especially gifted American artist who has quickly become one of my favorites. Not only is the red round set her work, but also the whimsical turquoise and red beads which share her signature design point in what I term, 'mystic portals,' or thick, encased glass over a core of color and detailed on the surface surface with scrolls and chunky 'portals' of glass. They are beautiful and curious to look at and feel so good to explore and touch. Other lampwork beads by more cherished, gifted artists are as follows:* Organic rounds in blues & green * Organic rounds in red *Glossy fern green hollow round orbs, like meadow orbs * Transparent encased turquoise lampwork discs,* Turquoise, polka dot discs * Petaled lampwork poppies in shades of a rich shade of red with a black glass center * Watery red organic cubes* Blistered red transparent donut beads, *Small red/orange stout poppy beads *Lampwork green leaves.Aside from this magnificent blend of artisan glass, you will also find faceted clear quartz briolettes * Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads entwined with Hilltribe sterling droplet beads * Elegant baroque pearls * One large faceted Sleeping Beauty turquoise briolette * Freshwater button pearls * Swarovski in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes * Bali silver beads, bead caps and a handsome Hilltribe sterling round toggle along with small droplet beads in pure sterling. An artisan sterling tag with the word 'Be' on it * a cabin and snowsled charm completes 'Tuolumne Afternoon' which measures 7.5" in length and can be resized to any length without sacrificing design.'Tuolumne Afternoon' is an elegant, lyrical & beautiful piece in colors at once vibrant and alive reminding us all how wondrous our world is and how fantastic it is to be a part of the magical 'blue planet,' and most especially when in the mountain-fresh air and in the deep majesty & mystery of our High Sierra forests.

 
P.S. I looked up the origin of the word, 'Tuolumne' and it is a word native to the local California tribes of the Sierra and means 'many stone houses,' which I thought coincidental since the design was centered around thoughts of a forest mountain cabin in the High Sierras of California.
$565.00 Sale! $475.00
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"Pink Ice  Winter Wonderful!'"Pink Ice  Winter Wonderful!'"Pink Ice  Winter Wonderful!'
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#22661 "Pink Ice Winter Wonderful!'

I am happy to announce that I have been working on a more spare bracelet design using a double strand, similar to a wrap. It won't ever threaten to overtake my signature style, but is a wonderful addition to my collection. And, although I have the most wonderful loyal group of repeat clients for my lush, chaotic, luxe lampwork dangle bracelets...it has occurred to me that perhaps not everyone wants that much detail. Sometimes, for some folks, less is truly more. So, I am working with a design of two standed lampwork bracelets without copious dangles. The quality and the high-end beads/findings are the same, but the design is more spare and to-the-point. And, with luck, the price tag will be more manageable.

I work with a loyal, talented, top-notch group of lampwork artists both here and abroad, I am always on the look-out for new, cutting-edge, original glass designers. Recently, I came upon a lampwork artist whose work captivated and thrilled me to the core. Her signature design-point is what I call, 'mystic portals,' which are generous, raised bumps or round, plump circles of glass on the surface of a lampwork bead, often transparent and encased making for a complex & gorgeous bead. That said, I cannot seem to get enough of them and have designs stored to the ceiling in my head. The set I use here, is done in soft, luminous shades of pink, white and clear. Like a snowstorm, there are textures in the shape of ribbons, dots, portals all on an encased transparent pink glass over a pink core. Truly elegant. This set reminds me of a snowflake fairytale with all the secret nooks and crannies of a feminine, enchanted snowscape.
 
Companion beads are equally lovely & whimsical and created by other talented English & American glass artists. You will find uber-elegant 'spankle' beads - thick clear encased over a white core with wisps of white and sterling embossed droplets, buried into the glass, like so much finery. Beautiful, original work. There is also an ice cube focal, high grade baroque pearls, AAA quality blue-fire moonstone, organic encased pink/purple beads, lots of sparkling faceted quartz, Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes and sizes, a chunky pink open square lampwork bead and lots of bright sterling silver rings, bead caps with Hilltribe and Bali beads in solid silver. Elegant and feminine for a pink winter's eve, wandering in the snow or in the village enroute to a party or just on a brisk walk. 'Pink Ice' is a gorgeous, sparkling artisan design meant to lighten your heart, your step and your spirit through the coming season of snow!
 
'Pink Ice' measures a tad over 8.5 inches in length and can be resized at no additional fee. This style is meant to be worn more loosely, more casually so the two strands inter-cross and mingle and move up and down your lower arm and not so tethered to your wrist. However, if you prefer a more snug fit, just let me know when I handle the length adjustment.
$325.00 Sale! $225.00
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