My sisters and I sitting on top of 4 feet of shells washed ashore by Hurricane Sandy
My sister Pat, myself and my Mom
We, as a family, are lucky to regularly visit the West Coast of sunny Florida; palm trees and beaches, my favorite place to be. This trip had a special side trip in it for me. I was an hour drive from Barbara Lewis' new store Painting with Fire in St. Petersburg. Definitely put that trip on the agenda!
Photo from Painting with Fire website (I forgot to take a photo!)
What a joy it was to meet Barbara. She is definitely a kind hearted soul. (Again I forgot to get a photo with her). She dropped everything she was doing to chat with me, give a demo and even allowed me to enamel a couple of beads (should've had one of my sisters take a photo of this!). I explained to her the trouble I have had in removing the bead from the mandrel after it has been enameled. She gave a mini private lesson so now I should have no trouble making enamel beads. Thank you Barbara, I am looking forward to trying this technique out in my studio.
The two beads on top are from Barbara's demo. The bottom two are from my mini lesson.
Of course I shopped too. Barbara's store is full of goodies. I had to refrain from overspending. There was so much good stuff. The shop has everything you might need without feeling crowded. The shop is very comfortable but not lacking for any supplies. In addition to a great stock of enamels, plenty of beads to enamel there was nice variety of metal working supplies. I picked up some jewelers saw blades, a trivet for enameling metals on a flat surface, metal beads to enamel and some sari silk.
Metal beads to enamel
Ribbed beads to be enameled
The whole stash! The trivet is in there, buried under the silks.
I didn't waste anytime putting those silks to use. I am trying out some new styles.
The Power of OM necklace by Ema K designs
Sari Earrings by Ema K designs
The Power of OM set
Boho Sari Heart by Ema K designs
I will be listing these pieces in my Etsy shop soon or you can visit Ema K designs on Facebook to find these pieces. What do you think of this new design style? I would love to know your thoughts. I know I had plenty of fun visiting Barbara and her shop. If you get the chance you should definitely stop in to meet Barbara.