Friday, October 21, 2011

BEAD SALE !! Agate Pin

Big bead sale tomorrow at StringBeads in Chico, CA. , I have been to another one of their big sales and I do tend to save money when the seed beads are 40% off  .     Not to mention all the other goodies that are on sale.   I am hoping to get there before noon,  I know buying beads can be cheaper online ,   but hey 40% off is just as good and no shipping, plus I get to examine them personally,  I don't like spending money on seed beads that are not quality. Happy Bead Buying To Me!

here is a couple images of my agate pin I finished up this week.  Sometimes its good to take a step back and make something you can finish in a shorter amount of time,  that does not mean the quality is less just the piece is not so elaborate, thats how I look at it.  I chose a freeform cut agate  I polished myself, somehow this makes it more interesting :) keeps my attention . Which is definitely needed.
I embroidered blue size 11 seed beads around the agate , using a silvery white size 12 and size 15 translucent white to do the bezeling securing the stone in place.

I hope the images are clear enough on your screen as they are a little out of focus on mine :)  In finishing the pin I decided to use a spiral rope twist to give the stone a little extra flair  and texture ;)
In doing this pin I thought of the Trinity River, I had imagined a fast running current and imagined the agate was a large stone among many with large waves crashing into them , as if they were in a hurry to get some where..

                                                 the pin measures 1 1/2" by 2 1/4"


  1. OOOOh! It does look like something from a river. I don't know the Trinity river but this piece definitely has a very aquatic quality to it, and perhaps because of it's shape, it has a lot of movement, I could see it play with rushing water.
    Beautiful piece Shonette.

  2. Two of my favorite things... agate stones (love em!) and bead sales!!