update: work in progress

hand painted jewelry / elizabethcraneswartz.comta DAH! remember my dyed beads? I whipped this up the night before I headed out to oregon (because that's how I roll) for the hello sessions conference last week. (more on that later but it was outstanding!)hand painted jewelry / elizabethcraneswartz.comhand painted jewelry / elizabethcraneswartz.com I was aiming for a deep teal color and ended up nearer to hunter green which I'm okay with because it looks beautiful with the gold. I wore my black jcrew grosgrain ribbon top with white skinny jeans and my snazzy new jcrew 'colette' pumps. (which you can't see in the amateur hotel bathroom selfie above.)the hello sessions / photo by linnea paulina photography

the talented linnea paulina snapped this shot of me with my friends asia, paige and adrienne during the opening cocktail party at schoolhouse electric - just a fraction of the kind and creative women I met.hand painted jewelry / elizabethcraneswartz.com

and I couldn't decide between a simple gold line rimming the edge or the dipped-look for the tips so I did both. hand painted jewelry / elizabethcraneswartz.comI used martha stewart's liquid gilding in 'gold' which is super stinky (and not water-based) but I've found it's the best gold color out there. originally I mentioned sealing the beads with mod podge but I left these beads unsealed because I liked the velvety look. well that and I was flying out at the asscrackofdawn the next morning and didn't really have time to coat them, wait for them to dry and then string them. hand painted jewelry / elizabethcraneswartz.com

lesson learned - ALWAYS SEAL YOUR BEADS. I have no idea if this'll come clean in the wash and I'm really disappointed with myself. patience is a virtue and it's one I need to work on. fingers crossed I can get this clean. and now you know why I always take these pieces for a spin before I sell them. I'm so glad this wasn't something that happened to a customer.