I think I will start this off with a pro tip. When working with waxed Irish linen, be really careful not to rub your eyes before you have washed your hands with hot water and soap. If you do, you will rub the wax into your eyes. This is painful and because it is wax, you cannot then go wash out your eye with water because if you were to use water that was hot and soapy enough to do any good you’d probably put your eye out.
Ask me how I know.
Not about the eye putting out part. I’m actually smart and I figured that one out by pure extrapolation. But the not rubbing stingy Irish linen wax in the eye thing? Nothing like experience, baby.
Painful lessons aside, I really do like working with this Irish linen cording. It’s a lot of fun, gives you some diverse options that you just can’t get with chain, and it’s pretty affordable. Also, I have a ton of it from when we owned a bead store. So it was basically like, free.
I love this little spring garden necklace. I love the asymmetrical river stone clasp and how it looks with the little polymer dogwood blossom from Too Aquarius and the Czech glass flowers.
Its been really nice to finally be able to do something with all these stone and ceramic focals that I’ve been shlepping around. I got these donuts when we were driving through Quartzite, Arizona last year, and I haven’t been able to figure out how to string them. But I love them with the cording, especially used as bracelet focals.
The natural stone works so well with the chocolate cording and I love the pop of contrast from the purple Greek ceramic beads. And again with those flowers from Too Aquarius. I really just love her stuff. Most of the new stuff for this show features some blossom or bird from her studio.