We are taking a short break, but will return on September 26th. Thank you for stopping by!

 

Evolution of New Work

2017 turned out to be a terrible year. My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly, which threw me for a loop. This caused me to re-evaluate the work I've been doing: do I love making it, and if not, why? Do my customers love it? The answers I came up with are that I do love creating the intricate beadwork, but lately it has felt too much like work. As well, my customers at shows admire the sparkly beaded work, but tend to choose smaller, less blingly pieces for themselves. So, I will keep the beadwork as inspirational and occasional projects. My shop listings will show smaller, but still appealing, pieces.

 

My brother and I spent 10 weeks cleaning out my mother's house where she lived for nearly 60 years. Dear God, the lady never threw anything away! I came home after that experience and took a look around my studio. I realized I have WAY too much in the way of beading supplies. I did my year-end inventory for tax filing purposes and re-evaluated my supplies at the same time. What items have I been carrying forward for years and not using? Whenever I travel, I buy cabochons and beads. There are regional tastes in different parts of the USA, so I tried to expand my own choices by taking advantage of that. As a result, I have loads of beautiful cabochons and art glass bits and pieces. I just. Can't. Help. Myself!

 

This is the year I put those lovelies to work. Polymer clay, vintage Swarovski crystals, big shiny rivolis, and some time is all it took for a new line of pendants. They are fabulous! I made a couple for myself to beta-test and they are perfect: lightweight, colorful without being overpowering, and people have stopped me on the street to ask me where I bought them!

The new pieces are listed in the shop now.

Click the "store" link above for more information.

Comments

Creative and inspiring post

It’s a great pleasure to visit your blog. That's the very creative post you have shared with us. I like your designs that are shared with us. Please keep sharing more and more your thoughts and ideas. You did awesome work. Thank you for sharing. Keep writing and posting...

I am amazed by how you used

I am amazed by how you used your situation to create beautiful crafts like this. May your story inspire others as well. See the good in everything, indeed!

Thank you!

I appreciate your comment. Thank you for posting it! I hope to see you again,

Kate

Wow!

Wow! I've never seen such an Amazing Art like this. How I wish to get one!

Amazing!

Wow! This is so nice! Is there a DIY tutorial for this?

new pendants

Hi. I appreciate your comment and I apologize for the delayed response. At this time I don't have any tutorials to offer - I appreciate your interest!

Best regards,

Kate

Nice

Wow! Your crafts are

Wow! Your crafts are definitely amazing. I wish I can buy all of them.
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Thanks!

Thanks very much Lucy;. I appreciate your comment. I apologize for the delayed response.

Best regards,

Kate

Please

Please make a video tutorial for this. I really want to Try this. I want to make this as a souvenir for my wedding.

tutorials

I don't offer tutorials for work I sell, but you are welcome to purchase one of these pendants if you would like a souvenir.

Thank you for your interest,

Kate

Salute to you Kate!

Im definitely loving this collection, Kate.The expertise you have shared on this website is just truly amazing. I'll be your forever customer from now on.

Many Thanks

Thank you very much, Alicia! I apologize for the delayed response.

Best regards,

Kate

Great design Kate

sad to know the passing of your beloved mother Kate, Now I know where you got your inspirations for your wonderful designs, your family of course, even if this is not our site yet its very welcoming. Thanks

Thanks!

Thank you for your kind words.

Kate

Great Passion!

That olive green dragon egg is such an absolute piece of artwork.
perfectly done and the attention to detail is so great.electricians mooloolaba

Thanks!

Thank you, Vincent! I have tremendous fun making the dragons and their eggs. :)

Kate

NICE

I so love the designs, I love the color and I love that it is simple yet elegant. Ugh! I knew this website is a great one. parking lot striping sacramento

Thanks!

Thank you very much! I hope you come back to see what is new.

Best regards,

Kate

Very nice jewelry

Very nice jewelry

Thank you!

Thank you very much, John,

Best,

Kate

Always the Best! Majestic!

I admire the majestic design of your crafts, its like jewelry from the medieval era, women use to wear things like these and its amazing how you brought it back.arborist canberra

They really are very

They really are very beautiful and I want to have one!
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Thanks!

Thank you Brielle! I am glad to hear you like my new work.

Best,
Kate

Where can I avail these? They

Where can I avail these? They look really amazing!
Stem Cures

new pendants

You can find them in the necklace section of my store. https://www.kate-tracton-designs.com/catalog/necklace

Very sorry to hear about your

Very sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Though it looks like something beautiful was able to come from it in these pendants, they look fantastic! I love hearing about your love and passion to create and design! Keep it going !

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Thank you

Thank you, Gerold. I appreciate your kind words. I realize now that it's been a while since my last post!

Kate

Purple Dragon

The one that really caught my eye is the purple dragon with an egg on the heading.
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I love your blog this is so

I love your blog this is so elegant and gorgeous! Keep it up | [link]

Very sorry to hear about that

Very sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Though it looks like something beautiful was able to come from it in these pendants, they look fantastic! I love hearing about your love and passion to create and design! Keep it going !

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Wow!

From classic pearls to colorful birthstones, create an expression that is unique to you. I'll recommend this.

Amazing Things

I like your blog! Its simple yet very informative. Thanks for this

Thanks

Thanks! i love it a lot, not a waste of time at all

Great Stuff

This is a great stuff! Thanks for this

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