Bead and Button Show Part 1

My sister and I had a blast at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee at the beginning of this month.  We each took 5 classes and learned some great new techniques.  We also shopped, and shopped, and shopped.  So many great beads and findings to purchase.  My favorite section features the bead artists.  I always manage to pick up a bead or two from these creative folks.

I wish I could remember who made this lampwork frog bead.  I purchased this from the silent auction during the bead social and didn’t get a card with the box. I LOVE the detail on this bead and look at those eyes.  Can you believe it is only 1 1/2″ tall?


Maureen Henriques of Pumpkin Hill Bead always has wonderful lampwork. I can’t seem to resist her beads. This time I snagged an adorable hermit crab in a purple shell, a pair of tiny penguins and a selection of lampwork round beads.
























Another wonderful artist I purchase from is Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio. Her ceramic beads have wonderful natural motifs. This time I found a bee bracelet topper, dragonfly pendant, cranes cabochon and a pair of small starfish beads.


A new artist I discovered, also working in ceramic, is Andrew Thornton, of Allegory Gallery. I purchased these wonderful seahorse pendants.


I had seen the beads created by Vladislav and Kremena Ivanova of Golem Design Studio in Bulgaria before, but this is the first time I’ve purchased any pieces. I fell in love with the snail pendant and had to get the little matching ladybug beads. And since they were so well priced, I picked up the flower pendant as well. The color on these ceramic beads is so vibrant!


There is so much more to show you, but I’ll do it in my next post.


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