I have been involved in an exchange of beads, pendants, or components for making jewelry called the Twelve Days of Christmas. We are to open a package every day starting Christmas Day. It’s really eleven days, since I am number twelve. Last week I was getting a plethora of small packages in the mail. I was surprised to get one that was not part of the exchange.
It was a beautifully wrapped package from Patty Lakinsmith of Plays With Fire Designs.
I had admired this pendant at Bargetto Winery Art Show. It is made on the end of a mandrel with some sort of silver glass and has a beautiful copper cap. I love it! The pendant came with a silver chain so I was able to put it on right away. It joins my small collection of pendants by some of my favorite beadmakers: Tom Boylan, Gail Crosman Moore, Hayley Tsang, Holly Cooper, John Winter, Beau Barrett, and now Patty Lakinsmith.
Patty lives near me in the Santa Cruz Mountains and we are in a lampworking group together-the Fireflies. Recently, I got to see her new studio. She has been making lampwork beads since 2003. Patty is also a mostly a self-taught jewelry designer, making things that she would like to wear, preferring to use components like fine silver wire, metal clay, fiber and glass to make pieces that are one of a kind. She makes her own clasps and other components from metal clay (100% pure silver), copper and brass. Her jewelry tends to be fun, daring, different, and edgy. Patty sells her jewelry, tutorials, and beads in her Etsy shop.