Of Hummingbird and Cappuccino

I vividly remember this day… it was a nice weather one weekend  in July. I was sitting in our front porch, sipping my cappuccino. What more could make my day relaxing than to bead… Moments passed, my jewellery toolbox and beads were all set and I too, was ready to start making some pieces before the whole afternoon passed me by.

Then a little miracle happened…

My hummingbird popped out of nowhere! I know this little creature by heart. Her light green wings with a slight touch of pink and yellow just below her beak. I know it is her..  what a pleasant delight that she visited me once again! As if trying to impress me, she graciously flapped her little wings back and forth… back and forth and danced around my hanging basket of fuschias. It was a total bliss. I was enjoying this sight immensely…. when seconds passed, (although it seemed like forever in my reverie) … my little hummingbird, already feasted on the flowers’ nectar- swiftly flapped its wings to circumnavigate the hanging treasure one more time and then bid farewell!

What could a 13- second inspiration give me? A whole afternoon of creative mind to work on my Neon Collection!

I love playing with materials and colors. I just love collecting these little baubles and things and mix them together to create a unique and special piece.

In a total state of euphoria, I decided to unwrap the box which has been the safe vessel to a number of lampwork glass beads that I got from a local artist. I simply admire these gorgeous glass piecess. And although the beads are the kind of odd and loose ones (but very special in their own way)… I know that I will find a special place for each one of them in my creations.

I love playing with materials and colors. I just love collecting these little baubles and things and mix them together to create a unique and special piece.

Digging into my special jar of green beads (which is the color of August gemstone, peridot), I pulled out a couple of moss green Swarovski crystal bicones, two round glass beads of varying shades of green, two big oval and round glass beads that I bought from Beadworks in Boston, then a cube glass of mint green color. A floral shape toggle clasp with swarovski elements caught my attention. It was starring at me and was shouting Pick Me, Pick Me!! Without thinking twice, I grabbed it and started beading a few pieces together with sterling silver spacers in between. Halfway through, I was comtemplating what to use as my focal bead… thinking of my hummingbird, I chose the bumpy round lamwork glass bead from Boston. It’s playful mix of yellow and green is perfect for my color pattern and is significant to my little hummingbird’s identity.  It turned out to be a gorgeous piece. The cylindrical brushed sterling silver and the Bali sterling silver flower caps add spice to the cool icy look! I could have named this one Hummingbird but I chose Neon Ice to give tribute to the coolness and icy feel of this piece. Well, both this bracelet and my hummingbird are cool so either name would do.

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