Studio Saturday – The other side of the coin

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.This week’s winner is CreekHiker! Please send your postal address to the ABS Suggestion Box to receive your pendant from Gaea!

I just returned from a two week vacation, so honestly there is not much going on in the Humblebeads studio this week. I did manage to sneak in some new owl beads this morning and play around with a few different finishes. We have Sea Salt with the white and teal combo, Patina in the teal and bronze and Antiquity with a simple brown umber glaze. The owl is from an Athenian coin dated from around 200 B.C., if I remember correctly. (I might have that wrong, since my brain has yet to return from vacation!) Coins that were stamped with Athena on one side and her owl on the other were some of the first used as currency.

Okay, so this week’s question is as short and simple as this post. Which finish do you like best for the owl coins, Sea Salt, Patina or Antiquity? (Left to right in the photo) Leave a comment and next week one lucky winner will receive the owl in the finish that they choose.

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34 Comment

  1. Lorelei
    August 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Welcome home Heather!

    I’d say the Patina is definitely my favorite! I couldn’t tell if it was aged copper or not! That’s good!

  2. Dawno
    August 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Yep, I agree with Lorelei – patina.

    I’m a brand new reader, so glad I found you, it’s a wonderful blog.

  3. Lisa
    August 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I have to follow the current trend in comments and say Patina also! I just like the combination of the teal and bronze on it the best. I love owls, and I would love to win this one 🙂

  4. Donna
    August 2, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I like the center one: Patina. However the googly eyes give me the creeps on all of the owls.

    I received my bead today. How beautiful. A cross between a ladybug and a heart. I love it. Thanks!

  5. Judith
    August 2, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Welcome back from vacation – hard to wind down, eh? I have to agree that Patina catches my eye first. However the aparently shaved-off, stark white of the eyes and other portions of the bead makes me back away from wanting it in my collection. I understand wear on a coin, but no coin would be a stark white material.

  6. rosebud101
    August 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I guess I’m in the minority. I like sea salt the best.

  7. Fab Fibers
    August 2, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    The patina is my favorite. I knew you were gonna come up with a wonderful color for the coins.

  8. Daphne
    August 2, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I have to agree with the popular opinion, the patina caught my eye first, there is something about that shade of blue green. Spectacular.

  9. AJ
    August 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I like the patina, it makes it look like an artifact.

  10. baglady
    August 2, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I initially liked the patina best but after looking at them a second time, I think I like the sea salt better- looks more like an old coin.

  11. Susan Turney
    August 3, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Love the patina!

  12. Valerie C.
    August 3, 2008 at 12:14 am

    It seems that most of us like the patina the best and I have to agree. It is very nice indeed.

  13. gail
    August 3, 2008 at 12:14 am

    I like both the patina and the antiquity coins.It's a hard choice.I believe that I prefer the antiquity best,though.The details are better & it got my first impression.I usually trust first impressions & the antiquity won.

  14. LiisaAnn
    August 3, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I like the sea salt one the best. It’s bright, cheery, and perky. I think it has a bit of whimsy too, I like whimsical stuff.
    take care.

  15. No Easy Beads
    August 3, 2008 at 5:29 am

    The Antiquity was first before I saw the Patina. It was really hard to pick one. Spectacular new beads!!

  16. KV
    August 3, 2008 at 6:49 am

    I love the sea salt finish!

    Kathy V in NM

  17. maryharding
    August 3, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I like the patina finish. One of my favorite colors. And I really like this bead.

  18. SueB
    August 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

    It’s the Patina for me! While all three are beautiful, the patina has the look of a very old copper coin. luv it!


  19. charris
    August 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I like the Antiquity but my favorite is the Patina. The bronze/copper showing through is very nice.

  20. :-) MaryLou
    August 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I like the patina one best also. The antiquity finish is my second favorite. I hope you’re going to make all of them! 🙂

  21. Maria
    August 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Oh that’s a hard one, I like them all…BUT if I had to pick one…I would say…Patina! No…Antiquity! No wait, I pick Sea Salt! Oh I can’t pick one… I like them all!

  22. Anonymous
    August 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    They’re all lovely, but I like patina the best.


  23. Linda Starr
    August 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Wow, I love all three owls, what a beatiful design, but my favorite is Patina.

  24. Jennifer Cameron
    August 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Welcome home! I also just got back from vacation and it is difficult to get out of vacation mode.

    They are all fantastic. I Love the owl design and the finishes are all gorgeous. I think Patina is my favorite, but I keep changing my mind to Antiquity as well. But patina wins my vote…I think….

  25. Gaela
    August 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful vacation Heather. This is tough, I like all 3, each one has it’s own unique qualities. But if I have to choose one, it would be Antiquity. I do think that the eyes are better on the Sea Salt though. And of course the Patina is lovely, but it’s just a bit common…

  26. Cindy
    August 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Heather
    I agree…I do like all 3. It’s a close tie between Patina and Anqiquity, but I think I’ll go with Patina!

  27. Andi
    August 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I love the patina finish and would probably go for it on almost any bead… That said, for this specific design, I think that the sea salt works better for me. I really like the way that it mimics the build-up of salt crystals on ship-wreck remains. It adds a layer to the sense of history that the bead exudes in a way that the other glazes really don’t

  28. debra
    August 4, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Hey Heather !
    Ok 1st welcome back!
    2nd my choice is very simple I love them all but the patina would be my choice only because it looks so much like the real coins they used in those times. So if I am not a winner how can I purshase these beauties!! Pick Me ! Pick Me ! Have a Blessed week !

  29. Emma Todd
    August 4, 2008 at 2:22 am

    yup I’m with the majority here Patina holds my interst, they’re all lovely but my eye returnd to it first, beauty.

  30. EmandaJ
    August 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Oooo! I love them all, but patina is my fav. I alos love the idea of using actual relics from the past as amodel for new beads. That’s right up my alley.


  31. I need orange
    August 5, 2008 at 6:27 pm


  32. Heather Powers
    August 6, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks everyone! We are still taking comments for the giveaway until Friday.

    I have to say, my favorite is the sea salt one too. I guess that is the one that comes closest to the coin I first envisioned.

    Which one would you pick if your name is chosen?

  33. Marilynart
    August 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    They are all smashing, but the Patina really resonated with me.

  34. Angie in AZ
    August 11, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Antiquity was my first “draw” but the Patina is a close second. I really like them all and love the look of the owl. Now I’m crossing my fingers and toes….

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