Friday, June 12, 2009

Deb's Beads

I just have to share with you the most incredible bead artist, her name is Deb Batten and she is a Christchurch based New Zealander. I first came across her beads about 18 months ago and thought they were stunning, I bought a few and made some jewellery for friends and family. The beads were lovely and the jewellery a huge success.
I have since bought a number of beads from Deb, I guess I'm a regular now and recently she has been making the most amazing beads with a new glass made in New Zealand by Gaffer Glass. The glass is Chalcedony and gives beautiful shades and depth of colour. Deb's beads have a stunning organic feel to them and the shapes and colours just flow. What I love most about them is the way you see so much in them, they aren't just a flat picture of a flower or a pattern, they pull you in and every time you look at them you see something else, another colour or reflection in the light. As you can probably tell I'm a big fan. Her latest listings are amazing and here are a couple of my favourites.
If you get a minute or two you should really check out her site, it is well worth the trip. Thanks Deb for being such an inspiration and also giving me encouragement in my own polymer clay bead efforts.


Deb said...

Em - you are such a sweety! What a lovely write up.

I'm loving following your progress with the polymer clay beads - & can well appreciate the skill & patience required to do that.
Me - I just let the glass do it's thing!lol!
I'm currently playing a game of 'catch up' - but I forsee some Chalcedony Beads heading your way in the very near future ;o)

Emma said...

Hey Deb, you do so much more than that and I can't wait to own some of those stunning beads. Soon, soon, maybe when my key is done I'll just order up the other things I like.

Paula said...

I'm a big fan of Deb's work also love what she is going with Chalcedony glass. BTW you polymer clay beads are wonderful, before glass I tried polymer glass. I just don't have the patience to work with clay.