Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nesting Instinct

I had the opportunity to travel to Michigan on May 18th to take a polymer clay beadmaking class with Heather Powers of Humblebeads. Her beads show up prominently in my work, and I came to find that I have almost every single Humblebeads in the collection! I really need to start using them more. (But wait! I just saw that there is a Humblebeads Destash going on and I spied a bead that is not in my collection! I will be shopping soon!)

Heather taught us all her secrets (shhhhh!) for making spectacular canes for polymer clay. And here I thought that magical elves made these tiny patterns and scenes on her beads! I can already see the possibilities opening before me and have bought my first pasta machine and bricks of colored clay. I am sure that before too long I will be making beads of my own, but that won't stop me from buying more Humblebeads! One is never enough!

While I was there, I suggested that having a signature cane would be a great idea. Funny that Heather had never thought of that before! Not only did she whip up a signature cane for me to use (the tiniest key you have ever seen in clay!), but she developed one of her own: a birds' nest with three little blue eggs. Quickly she was applying them to all different bead shapes, including the workhorse of the Humblebeads studio: the disk bead. 

She gifted me with a few of the very first she made, and I thought that it would be special to make them into some sweet earrings.

I love nests and eggs. And eggs need a bird. And nests need a branch. Don't you agree?

I would wear these sweet little danglers with a tunic top from Sundance that is the color of a brilliant spring sky dotted with clouds on a light breeze blowing by.

Erin Prais-Hintz invites you to go on a journey of inspiration at her blog Treasures Found :: Inspiration is Everywhere. You can view a gallery of her work at or purchase her popular line of 'Simple Truths' in her Etsy shop.


  1. Amazing set!!!Very nice blog!
    I'm new follower!

  2. I love them! I think they turned out great!!

  3. Gorgeous! Love the subtle color palette, and I just love these long kidney earwires you do with the peanut beads. It really makes an earring into something spectacular! Love the gunmetal ones you used with the little splash of amazonite blue. The birds and branches were made for each other, makes me think of the biblical dove and olive branch.

  4. Gorgeous earrings! I love Heather's beads too!

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  6. Gorgeous Earrings Erin! And I want that blouse, it's lovely.

  7. wow lovely earrings these are very pretty nice one...........!buy ladies accessories online