Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sleeping with beads

So  I have accumulated beads and equipment over the past 3 days. And made friends with 2 bead shop owners. And here is what I learned. Copying this antique lamp is one of my ambitious desires.
I found that the only contemporary beads that are exactly the same as antique ones are the little seed beads.

To copy the long beads, my stores only had them in silver tube or bigger bone. I also looked on ebay. My clever owner at Taos Beads suggested cutting coffee stirrers. Apparently they are hollow and come in different colors. So tomorrow out for coffee.

After I assembled one strand (the longest example) it was clearly the wrong scale for my dollhouse, even though the beads closely approximate the antique ones.

                             Hence the workshop on the bed.

                 I found these pieces at the bead store and made this.

And here is the cruel example that set me off on this phase. From
                                        Belle Epoch site.

My version.

Another piece of advice... don't put on hand cream before starting.

So I may have been absent for months but I am on a roll. 
 (oh my, I meant to blog this on http://Myrealitty.blogspot.com but this is good because you can go over there and hear how I moved to Taos, New Mexico. Can I still call myself "Leftcoastmini"? Do I have to become "Cactus Mini Casas"?
Cheers, CM


  1. Wow! You are really making progress with this. Your version of the green and white chandelier looks great.
    See if the bead stores have bugle beads. They are long tubes and come in different colors and lengths. I can't wait to see more.

  2. Hi Shale.... Gold was a good suggestion!

  3. Yay! You're back! You're making great progress with the lamps. I can't wait to see what else you have in store!

  4. HI! Yes I'm all settled. Never move! lol CM

  5. You moved to New Mexico? I am way out of date! (and I can't find a post about it on MyRealitty, which says you're residing in Pennsylvania???)
    Love your bead lamps! I don't think I would have the persistence, but if I ever try, I will keep in mind no handcream, and preferably don't use the bed!!

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  8. You are an inventive and funny person. Love what your end result was. Nice to see there are more like me, inventive.