I had so much fun working on these puffed heart glass valentines. I started on them and couldn't stop. These little hearts are deep with an inner, mercury glass glow. I added them to my Etsy shop and they went really quickly but found it interesting that the non-traditional colors went first. They are lovely hues...
I'm not sure when I can get hold of these little hearts again, but I've so enjoyed them. They just feel good in the hand and are the perfect size for jewelry.
I strung this one with some of my favorite things. The first strand is a solid strand of faceted garnet heishi, which doesn't photograph very easily but, oh...it's so beautiful...translucent and deep, deep red. The second strand is of cut (not molded!) black glass, vintage seed beads with black crystal rondells and faceted garnet coins.
More goodness: A gorgeous...seriously!...vintage red rhinestone clasp and a super fine faceted spinel drop.
This clasp was one of only two that I had. This one has been laying in wait for several years, for just the right piece to come along. Do you do that? Keep things in your stash, long-term? Some of my stuff has been with me for many years.
This is the other classic red glass heart valentine necklace that I have. It's a beauty, as well, with chunky garnet nuggets and faceted gemstones.
I have a real weakness for vintage metal and rhinestone drops, like this one, and buttons like the one I've used just above the heart. The emerald-cut shape is especially appealing to me and I have an apothecary-type jar for my little collection. This is the back of the piece, with a hand made, sterling hook and eye clasp and rhinestone dangle.
If you're interested in either of these sweet valentines, check for more photos in my Etsy shop.
Oh........did I tell you? Registration for Art Retreat at the Prairie is now open! I can't wait to teach at this amazing venue, again. If you'd like to see what I'm teaching, class details can be found, here. I know that some of you have already registered...thank you. My "Go Big!" and "Sacred Heart" classes are brand new for this year so I'm really looking forward to seeing how you like them.
I have one more thing to share with you, quickly. I took a little hunting trip, with a friend, yesterday and found some lovely treasures. This round stencil was one of them. The tag said it was for stenciling barrel tops. I've not seen anything like it....have you?
I must run, for now. Miss Mayzie is nipping at my hem, which means she's in need of playtime!