Jewelry Consignment Shops Love Faux Carved Bone [Spotlight]

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“Then their eyes just about popped out of their heads. They really liked the tribal bead and…” ~Anna-S

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Carved Faux Bone Beads by Anna Sabina

Wanted to share some exciting news. I took my clay jewelry to 2 shops that sell on consignment. Before taking my goodies out, they both said something like, “Probably not going to be interested in jewelry because we have a lot of that already.”

Then their eyes just about popped out of their heads. They really liked the tribal bead and I have sent you a picture of the long carved bone beads I made because I made a few changes to your technique.

I intentionally made the ends irregular to make it look like the bone was snapped off at the end. Instead of rolling the beads long and then threading the baking pin through, I made a log about the size of a midget Tootsie Roll (1/2 inch), and rolled it on the baking pin until it was the length I wanted; made sure the grain lines stayed vertical. I also took the pin and spun it inside to made the hole bigger. I also flattened some parts so the whole thing was not perfectly round.

I am taking a photoshop class through community adult education.  My little pea sized brain has to work hard! I am sure it would be easier for me if it was not after work or I had time to practice. Oh well. all is good.

My husband has been getting interested in helping me with my clay projects. The only problem is he keeps giving things away to people I don’t even know. Who knows he may be passing my hearts out a Home Depot. Now, I give a lot of my creations away and I love doing that. But, he is giving away pieces the consignment shops ordered!!!! LOL  He does not know this yet but today he will be making polymer clay hearts.


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  1. Susan B, 17 March, 2010

    @Anna S: these beads are wonderful and I love the way you have made them look like real bone with the ends snapped off and not completely round. Hope you do well with your sales — you really deserve to! Also hope your husband doesn’t give away all of your work!! Would be very interested to see the jewelry you created with these beads.

  2. Elizabeth S., 17 March, 2010

    Anna S.
    I think I posted some time back that a tremendous part of my learning from Cindy is seeing how others interpret what she gives us. The message is worth repeating as I look at these photos, Anna. They are stunning and so so unique with your personal spin giving them that broken off look. Thank you, too, for sharing how you hole and roll them on the pin. I’m gonna add that tip to my bag of tricks immediately. Love em! Love em! Love em! Oh, and congrats on your sales! I’m not surprised that eyes pop when they see beauties like this.

    Thanks again for sharing and let me second the request from Susan B. regarding letting us see some jewelry you’ve made with these beads.

    Hugs, Elizabeth S.

  3. Anna Sabina, 17 March, 2010

    Thanks for picking me for the “Spot.” I kept one tribal necklace for myself and will try to send Cindy a good picture now that my pea sized brain has learned new things about Photo Shop images.
    We did give one of my hearts necklaces to a little girl who’s grandmother died. Her dad says she wears it every day and she drew us the cutest picture on a thank you letter. That makes it all worthwhile.

  4. Phaedrakat, 17 March, 2010

    @Anna Sabina: Anna, these are very cool beads, indeed. I do not believe anyone with a “pea-sized” brain created them. If your brain is super small, you do a heck of a lot with it!

    That gave me a laugh (albeit a sympathetic one ;o) about your DH giving away your pieces. He must be very proud of his dear wifey! I like how you said “He doesn’t know it yet, but…” (putting him to work making hearts for the ones he gave away.) Did you actually follow through? :D I think it’s wonderful that you gave a heart to that little girl; I’ll bet it brings lots of joy during this rough time for her. I agree that helping others makes it all worthwhile (& there’s so many ways we can help!)

    Anyway, awesome beads, Anna! Can’t wait to see a picture of a completed piece, too!

  5. Joyce M, 17 March, 2010

    @Anna Sabina: Congratulations on your beautiful beads. I love the way you personalized Cindy’s technique. Will make notes from your take on this. Aren’t hubbys wonderful? He has such pride in you that he is willing to share. It was awesome for you to share a heart with that little granddaughter. We would probably all be in tears if she could share just what it means to her. The best to you in this venture, it is deserving. Ah, to have such a pea sized brain…you are a fine gem in this community. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Silverleaf, 17 March, 2010

    Great beads, well done! They really do look like bone, very cool. And congratulations on your sales as well. :)

    I have to say I get confused sometimes with my poor tired brain when I see your name here Anna, because I’m an Anna too, lol!

  7. Melinda Herron, 17 March, 2010

    Wow, Anna. Your beads have texture and depth. I love the rough raw look to them. Very cool!

  8. Lisa Whitham, 17 March, 2010

    @Anna S. – Fantastic beads! They really do look like bone!! I love how you carved them too. Would love to see your Tribal bead necklace also. :)


  9. Laurel, 17 March, 2010

    Fun twist on the technique Cindy taught. I was wondering about just rolling the bead onto the baking pin too. I have trouble getting straight(ish) holes through regular round beads. I know I would mess up these long ones terribly so glad to know the rolling onto them works well. I like a bit bigger holes too so I would wiggle the pin too. Specially for these beads that would look really good on hemp, leather and such.

    How exciting that the shops loved the beads and jewelry. Good job!

  10. Cheryl Hodges, 17 March, 2010

    Your bone beads are beautiful. Looks like real bone.No wonder the shops loved them. Whenever I go shopping I always go to the jewelry section to take a look and i find it’s mostly all the same everywhere- metal and acrylic.
    I made a few faux bone beads last week some long pipe ones, drum beads and smaller beads; still have antique them and photograph them. i want to use the drum beads in a necklace i’m working on. I had trouble trying to get the hole in the centre for the longer beads; the needle kept popping out in all the wrong places finally I did what you did rolled it on to the pin. Yes, please show us the necklace too.

  11. DJ, 18 March, 2010

    These have so much character Anna…love the way you’ve added your own touches to give them a great weathered, chunky look. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  12. Peggy Barnes, 18 March, 2010

    Anna, Your husband must be so very proud of you to giving all your beads away. I’m sure he will be more than happy to help you make more to replace them. You are blessed to have him so interested in what you love doing. The two of you must make quite a team and as team leader you have shown some unique pieces of art to us. Congratulations and the best of luck in your many sales to come. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations.
    Uuuuuggggggs, Peggy

  13. Loretta, 19 March, 2010

    You did an amazing job with the bone beads, Anna. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  14. Linda K., 19 March, 2010

    @ Anna S: Those beads look SO real!

  15. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 20 March, 2010

    Wow Anna, so glad to hear someone else has a little size pea brain. I thought I was the only one. Great beads!!! Very clever. You made them look soooo real. I hope you make lots and lots of sales with them!!! Pea Brained, Honey P.S. your camera work is pretty great, too.

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