Kangaroo Island Inspiration – Authentic Kangaroo Island

If you have been to Kangaroo Island, you will know how pristine the waters are here and how the sandy beaches are just glorious….most of them have fine white/beige sand and we are so very lucky we can still walk barefoot along the sandy beaches here.

These beads are a long time favourite of mine to make and everyone who sees them is reminded of the beaches and the coastline of Kangaroo Island.

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SimplyBea Lampworked Beads – Inspired by the Kangaroo Island Coastline

It’s no wonder that they are my ‘flagship’ look and this inspiration carries on over to many of my pieces.

I am also very pleased to announce that I am now a part of the Authentic Kangaroo Island team which showcases that same look as part of their branding exercise.

Thanks for looking 🙂

~~~LuckyB @ SimplyBea~~~

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Blue for a cause….

Last weekend was great fun doing lampwork demos at Raptor Domain and this last week has gone by waaay too fast!!!
I didn’t manage to get pics of me on the torch but It was such a good weekend that I have accepted the invitation to go back to do more demos at Raptor Domain, so stay tuned
I also found out last weekend that a blogging friend of mine is making bracelets as part of her fundraising effort for research on Dysautonomia.
Head on over to Rachel’s blog for more info.
This is the link to her fundraising page.
……and here are the beads I made for her yesterday…….

Blue beads for a cause
Blue beads for dysautonomia fundraising

They are fresh out of the kiln this morning and have to be removed from their mandrels, then cleaned before I can send them to Rachel in Auckland.
If you would like to help, head on over to her page to donate.

So, here’s wishing you a wonderful day and fabulous week ahead.

I am off to clean some beads.

~~~simplybea~~~

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“My Signature Style”……..

Someone recently asked me what my signature style is and that got me thinking.

I am very much influenced by the colours of the ocean as I spent many years working on the beach at Seal Bay as a guide and it was the draw of the ocean that brought me to Seal Bay (via an ex-husband) so that is an influence in most of my favourite beads.

I love textures and the organic feel of silver on glass, something I incorporate a lot of in my beads. I am not saying it is a look or technique I created but it was one which I fell in love with and have incorporated into my ‘signature beads’ with a twist….. literally, a twist to bring out the colours and combine the textures.

Just a few examples of recent beads which I had to photograph to upload on ArtFire for sale to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Relief fund.

Do you see a signature style?

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Sometimes I melt the glass smooth and at other times (my personal preference) I leave some texture on the bead which the wearer/owner can appreciate, much like a ‘worry bead’ or a ‘thinkers stone’………

Well……. back to the caravan to take advantage of this cooler weather. Making beads when it is hot is a challenge and I am trying to put together a stockpile of beads to make earrings and maybe simple bracelets and necklaces……… stay tuned!

~~~ SimplyBea – Kangaroo Island ~~~

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I’m just waiting for the kiln to cool……..

Well….. first of all, I should be in bed sleeping after such a late night/early morning on the torch.
I spent several hours last night making beads for the Queensland Flood Relief fund raising exercise I have committed myself to until the end of February and the next couple of weeks are going to be so busy and the weather forecast is for hot days, I just took advantage of a cool night.
It ended up being a COLD night by 5am this morning and I was still so cold even wrapped up in layers of quilt and spread plus cats in bed that I just couldn’t get to sleep. We’ll see how long I last today!
I am waiting for the kiln to cool before taking the beads out to clean and there are so many other household chores I should really be attending to as well but I just wanted to post some of the beads that have gone off to new homes from the first batch I put up.

The visions of brown rushing water and people on rooftops waiting to be rescued, towns submerged in no time at all….. visions which were too depressing and hard for me to accept. My thoughts turned to the ocean where the water should be clean and clear as mother nature intended…… but we know the reality unfortunately.

So I have used lots of silver foil to bring out the sparkle of the ocean hues and a beautiful raku frit with hues of blue, purple, green and brown….. tones which would represent the situation without being depressing and textures in the beads with twists, turns, rakes and sometimes even ‘drops’ on the surface…..

Lots of silver foil in this one with aquamarine tones to capture the feel of the ocean where the water will eventually end up.

A darker cobalt blue base

Gorgeous hues from the raku frit against a black base

Raku frit swirled through aqua glass

Texture, ‘water drops’,  lots of silver foil and raking in this bead

The end result – beads on waxed cotton to be used as bead charms on USB stick, key chains, zipper toggles or anything you want to personalise which has a little ‘handle’ to put the cord through.

Thank you for looking and I will be putting more beads up as they are ready on my Artfire Store.

~~~ SimplyBea on Kangaroo Island ~~~

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