Inside the Studio with Rebecca of Songbead

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Phew! I am at the end of a looooong fortnight and am ready for the weekend. Extremely ready! I had a full-on working weekend last weekend which you can read about over on my own blog if you are interested (the ‘song’ bit of Songbead had some action), and so I feel like I’ve been dashing around in the hamster wheel of life relentlessly for quite a while, what with one thing and another. You know that feeling when you complete one task, only to have another one loom its ugly head up almost immediately? That’s what this past month has been like – satisfyingly (bordering on overwhelmingly!) busy. 
One of the things that has kept me busy over the past two weeks has been these rather marvellous czech glass beads which I am currently stocking over at The Curious Bead Shop
My work table today.
They are pretty hard to get hold of, and so I was thrilled when my supplier restocked in colours I had bought previously, and then last week had an offering new colours! Yuuuuuummmm. These are *such* beautiful beads – I cannot enthuse enough about them. The perfect addition to your art bead-laden jewellery! Just look at the scrummy colours I have in stock ~
I am so happy to have such a lovely range of colours – they are perfect for my rustic, whimsical narrative jewellery and I am snaffling quite a few of these away for my own Songbead designs. It seems like Spring has only just begun, but before I know it, it will be the summer and craft fair madness will set in again! My first fair of the season is in June, which is really not that far off….
Along with Czech glass, I’ve also been stocking up on Art Beads. I mean, as if I need to….I have enough art beads to last me until the end of the century, I’m pretty sure! Here are some lovelies that have arrived recently or will be arriving with me soon. Try not to be too jealous….;-)
I am a colour-a-holic, as you can see from the above! I think these colours will go perfectly with my new pansy beads too. Vibrant, cheerful and fun!
So, my question to you is – what art beads have you bought – or made! – recently? What’s on your wish list if you haven’t bought recently – what beads are you dreaming of for your summer designs? Share your favourites in the comments below! My prize for you is a selection of the pansy blooms from The Curious Bead Shop 🙂
Have a fabulous weekend!
Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com.

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31 Comment

  1. Solorn
    March 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I've recently started making my own art beads from paperclay. I'm loving every minute of it! Not enough hours in the day now though.

  2. Claire Lockwood
    March 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the feature, Rebecca! I've got a heap of blooms in my Etsy cart!

  3. Ailsa Jackson
    March 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    All gorgeous, love the Moogin beads those colours are perfect for Spring!
    I've recently bought some of THEAelements ceramic beads, lovely beach inspired beads – I have a thing for shells and the beach!

  4. Karin G
    March 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love these blooms, just ordered some! Well, I'm quite a color lover too, and when I came back home there was a parcel from Round Rabbit with some really colorful mushroom pendants and other beads, and right now I'm filling my cart at her update!

  5. Saraccino
    March 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    My wish list is ever growing… ^^ I would love finally to start incorporating resin in my polymer clay beads and am sooo tempted to get some art glass beads with rustic surfaces. Just if the shipping costs exceeds the price for the beads itself… mh… I reconsider :/

  6. freshbakeddesigns
    March 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Love those bloomin' beads, Rebecca! I've been focusing on etching small copper discs to use as links, pendants, and two holed buttons.
    Addiction Alert!


  7. Kristina
    March 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Recently I bought beads to go with some blue, white, and copper lampwork beads I've had for ages. It just so happens that the whole group matches a goldstone pendant I picked up somewhere along the way. Gotta love bead serendipity.

    I also want to try my hand at fiber beads. I have a zillion and one ribbons, some fabric, and little yarn remnants for this project.

  8. Catherynne Henderson
    March 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I have got a sleeping fox from Tree Wings studio that needs my attention and also a super pretty heap of Bo Hulley beads of course 🙂 xx

  9. Erin S
    March 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I just bought a sugar skull pendant made from silver copper clay by Andrew Thornton. I have a bit of a sugar skull fetish–I already have several others, but none in silver, so I'm running to the mailbox every day to see if it's arrived.

  10. Liona (Blue Merlin Creations)
    March 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Love all the colours! Being colour mad myself, those beads have loads of appeal! What's in my stash? A couple of lovely Moogin beads in springy colours that need my attention, and, as of later this evening (once I've been to a local bead show) one or two gorgeous art beads from Stephanie Dieleman – a lampwork artist from my neck of the woods =) You can see some of her gorgeous beads here – https://www.etsy.com/shop/stephaniebeads

    Her beads work well for next month's water theme, too!

  11. Tracy Collins
    March 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Oh i love those new beads…have been inspirationless for a while and these I am sure would have me creating. I love art focals by Bo Hulley and I have quite a few!

  12. Monique (A Half-Baked Notion)
    March 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I'm pretty sure I faved a few of your awesome blooms last time, Rebecca (and I am not even a "flower person", I just think they are some of the most beautiful Czech glass available). I have a serious addiction for earthy porcelain and stoneware beads, especially Szilvia's little houses (Elukka) and the organic beads made by Ingrid (Potterygirl1).

  13. beadrecipes
    March 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I've been waiting for some beads to arrive from Blueberribeads and I just ordered a couple of things from Jade Scott. And last month I got some Humblebeads, which I love! I keep being tempted by the lovely new Czech beads — these blooms for one! Wish I had an unlimited budget, don't we all??!!

  14. Ellie
    March 28, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I've never made art beads and I've banned myself from Etsy after a particularly dangerous splurge on art beads so I haven't even bought any recently. But you, Rebecca, are the reason I started buying art beads 🙂

  15. Ann Schroeder
    March 29, 2014 at 1:45 am

    All those pansies are lovely! It appears to me I am most addicted to Jade Scott and Round Rabbit. I have orders from them on the way and am also hoarding a good deal of their work. One fun thing recently is that I got a polymer clay pendant by Linda Landig that she has just started offering on Facebook. I love her use of color. I also recently got my first beads from Moogin beads. I've wanted those for a long time!

  16. Shaiha
    March 29, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I tend to get a lot of art beads. The last ones I got were from Blueberry Beads, some from Studio Jewels and L.A Jewelry.

  17. A Polymer Penchant
    March 29, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Ooooh those blooms are so pretty, that blue so up my alley. There is some lampwork on the way to me from the US and the UK at the moment and I should really get to listing some of all the polymer I've made to help offset that incoming 🙂

  18. Lyn Gulliver
    March 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Hi Rebecca, you have been so busy ! But not too busy to order some of these beautiful beads for yourself and us. I too am looking forward to using mine asap.
    I have "projects" put together with Thea, Bo Hulley and Scorched Earth art beads, just waiting to be strung. Loads more favourited and waiting to be purchased on Etsy….. Addictive, the beautiful art beads….
    Yesterday I made my first polymer clay flattish beads and hope to paint/use them later today.

  19. Sparky watson
    March 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I recently purchased some really cool art beads from HappyFishThings on Etsy. They are great. I haven't made anything with them yet. Sometimes it takes time to find the right components that feel right with special beads.
    Today I am making some earbobs from some metal buttons that I hammered and riveted.

  20. Divya N
    March 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I created some fun pendants using resin glitter, sequins and bugle beads -all glittery and fun

  21. Berina RGA
    March 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    awww!!! such cute beads!! I cannot help but be very jealous of you 😉 these are lovely beads!!
    Moxie Craftie

  22. Angi
    March 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Love love love the new pansy beads! I am a huge Tree Wings Studios and Humblebeads fan! I love the creativity and versatility of all their lovelies! In all honesty…I do not discriminate against any Art Beads! I love them all!!!!!

    Angi Mullis [email protected]

  23. Alice
    March 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I'm so jealous of your recent purchases. My little budget would not allow all these goodies. But I did purchase a pair of leather feathers made by Tree Wings Studio. I have a habit of letting my new purchases sit for a while and as time goes by they usually tell me what they want to become.
    I love your colorful czech flower beads!

  24. sandi m
    March 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Making my tangled web beads with copper and steel wire is always fun along with hammering old metal buttons. As far as those I purchase – well I don't think there's enough room to list all my favorite bead and lampwork artisans!!
    The flower beads are so pretty I want to put them on a stem and bunch them in a vase!

  25. Debra Gibson
    March 30, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Oh! Rebecca I am so jealous! I love your new flower beads and can't wait to make an order with you! But for now I am going to have to dream about them as we just made a big move to a new state and are just getting settled. So loved your article and all the beads are just beautiful!
    Take Care of yourself! Cheer's

  26. Kristen
    March 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I recently bought some lamp worked disc beads from Redside Designs which I love and she also has cold worked spike beads. I don't know how they are made but she is amazing! I have lots of new enameled beads in saturated colors in my Etsy shop, http://www.beadswedesupplies.etsy.com.

  27. KayzKreationz
    March 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I love Tree Wings critter beads and have several of them. Plus I just got a Whimsy bracelet bead/connector from Melonda Orr on Artisan Whimsy. There's so many others I love, but have to save up for. I can't wait to start creating with the ones I have for right now.

  28. Sarajo Wentling
    March 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Love those flowers! So pretty.

    My wish list is always growing… I want all the pretty art beads! LOL. I just received a lovely luna moth set from Kerri Fuhr (I've been lusting after her beads forever) and while I was on the Bead Cruise I bought a ton of yummy beads from Heather Powers.

  29. Ann
    March 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Turquoise and orange are always my go to with summer beading, but this year I am adding a load of white beads. Maybe I will be wearing a lot of white this summer. I hope it is a hot one!

  30. Caroline
    March 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I have just bought some of these gorgeous blooms and am loving mixing them with some upcycled vintage glass beads too!

  31. Colleen
    March 31, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I recently went to a local bead show. I only bought art beads this time. I got some polymer clay beads from Turtle Soup Beads, a beautiful lampwork focal from Whitney Lassiter, a house bead and word bead from Diane Hawkey. And I always have a wish list. 🙂

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