When winter gloom has you down, and you’re weary of everything on your list of antidotes, try walking into Bead Cache in Fort Collins. Sparkling color dazzled me right away on a recent visit there, and I was struck by the endless possibilities for creativity.
I’ll share my visit with you in bold images so you can see what I mean.
Glass seed beads line a wall of Bead Cache in Fort Collins.
Handmade glass beads made these necklaces stand out at The Bead Stringer booth at Loveland’s Art in the Park.
As I wandered through art festivals this summer in Boulder, Loveland, and Fort Collins, I noticed numerous booths where artisans were selling their handmade jewelry. Most of the designs I saw were made primarily of metal . . . some were artfully arranged strands of gemstones . . . others were combinations of metal and gemstones.
Then I fell on the booth of The Bead Stringer at Loveland’s Art in the Park. Gayle Stringer’s stunning glass beads, the only ones I had seen in my wanderings, drew me in for a long, close look.
My eyes soon fixed on the necklace pictured above at lower left. Close up it looked as if she had embedded small white flowers in glass. “How did you do it?” I asked her. Gayle did better than tell me – she showed me. Continue reading