Bead Fest Prep – My Newest Obsession

June 24, 2014 , In: Events, General, Glass, Inspiration, Studio

I’m vending at Bead Fest in August, as you know, and I need to be in full Bead Fest prep mode.  However, between my other job, my house, my kids and all the day-to-day things that need to be done, it’s hard to get time.  Maybe that’s why I’m so obsessed with headpins!

 At the end of a beading session, I take my short rods, my leftover stringers, and use my color imagination and make headpins on 20 gauge copper wire!  It’s really a lot of fun.  In fact, it’s so much fun to me that I may have many many more headpins for Bead Fest than I’ll ever need! 

 I’ll be using these cute little cups to display them in.  You know those cute little orchids in Home Depot, the ones that are mini orchids?  Well, they don’t last, and you are left with these little ceramic containers.  I plan on getting some floral foam, you know, that green stuff, and stick the headpins in so they are nice and visible.  At least, that’s my plan at the moment.  I am really challenged when it comes to making a good table display.  I think it’s my biggest challenge!

Here’s an example of some of the headpins you’ll be able to find at the market at Bead Fest in Philadelphia August 22-24!  Please join me and fellow AJE team members Diana Ptaszynski, Jen Cameron, Jen Davies-Reazor and Karen Totten for shopping.  Linda Landig and Lesley Watt may have a few things available for your shopping pleasure as well!

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
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    I'm obsessed with them too, can't get enough!!! I love all of these, so colorful and wonderful!!

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    Gee, if you think you'll have too many headpins, I'd be glad to take some off your hands – you know, just to be helpful and all….

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    WOW!!! I want them ALL.

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    They are fabulous! Keep 'making'! 🙂

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    These are great! They would add a really fun and artistic element to designs. I'll be stopping by your booth for sure!

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    I'd be happy to buy some before….

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    What a great obsession! They are all so pretty.

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    I can't imagine you being left with any of these – they are so beautiful! I think your display will look great and draw people in.

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    oh I'm with Linda … happy to take some off your hands. Just say'n

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    Absolutely love them. ALL of them!

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    What a perfect display idea Sue! I'm sure these headpins are going to fly out of your booth—they are so fun and colorful!

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    I don't think you can ever have too many of these glorious headpins for the market!! I love your display idea and actually I don't think you need to worry to much about displaying these as they look like exotic and glorious flowers no water what container you use!!

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