When you go to a Professional Football Stadium in Texas to go to a bead show… YOU KNOW IT’S GONNA BE BIG!
I shared with you that Hubby & I went to Houston in July. He had work to do there for 10 days & I was lucky enough to “PLAY” with some of my friends. I shared going to “The Rowdy Art Sisters” Monthly Art Meeting (HERE) with my buddy Diane Cook . And we got to spend some wonderful time with Diane & her Hubby. The guys went RV supply shopping while Diane & I found our own brand of trouble!
But, when Diane told me the Gem Show was in town & she couldn’t go (because she was babysitting her GRAND) I was kinda bummed. Then she said that Deryn Mentock was wanting to go & had a free admission ticket. Well heck, I didn’t need the free ticket but, I JUMPED at the chance to see Deryn again. I had met her at Adorn Me in Houston back in March 2010. Her classes (I took 2) were amazing. Below is a photo of Deryn at Vendor Night for that Adorn Me Event & beside it is the necklace she taught in class.
We had been emailing from time to time since Adorn Me but, a Gem Show with Deryn… COUNT ME IN!!!!
Here she is doing one of her favorite things… buying turquoise!!!! She is darling & loves to wear her jeans, boots & amazing creations in turquoise(see one peeking out at the collar of that black T Shirt. Of course, most of those creations are made by her!
Above is my treasure. It is from Carico Lake & I bought the piece from the owner of the mine. Go HERE for a great post & link by Deryn about this particular Turquoise. The beads are much like Deryn’s & need stringing as well as needing an S Hook closure made. I bought TWO wonderful books on Wire Techniques for Jewelry Making & will refresh my skills for making that closure.
Above are a few more strands of beads I bought at the show. Some are just glass beads that had colors I really liked or thought I could use in some of the things I’m planning. And some are semi precious stones. I just love the ones in the middle as they remind me of Sea Glass.
Again, some yummy colored semi precious…
And these… well let’s just say they might end up in a present for someone I am going to visit VERY SOON! Wink Wink!!
Do you like the green (with red’s, orange, & browns)? Great for a fall creation don’t you think? Dragon Blood… ???? Deryn know so many of the stones names. And there are others that I didn’t share because I have not gotten them out for the photo op yet… Staging jewelry & stones is hard don’t you think? Getting the light correct with out the glare of a flash just really makes it tough. If you had ideas to share on this subject PLEASE FEEL FREE to share!!!!
What I didn’t show… London Blue Topaz. And of course… an empty checkbook. Oh well, It’s I Owe I Owe it’s off to work I go. Deryn & I decided that maybe we weren’t a good influence on each other after all. But, we sure had FUN! I can’t wait to use some of these in the earring class I’m taking from her. Be sure to check the previous post to find out about that! STAY COOL! I’m trying to!