Bead poetry: New life for old jewelry


January 28, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

It's funny how hobbies can grow. Cathy Hart, co-owner of Hampden's Wild Yam Pottery shop, has been a potter for 30 years, but about six years ago she began stringing jewelry from vintage beads -- many dating to before World War II -- from places like Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, India and Africa.

"It emerged out of my interest in pottery and handmade things," she says. "I started making clay beads and then involved gemstones." And it grew from there. Today, Hart designs necklaces, earrings and funky eyeglass holders from materials including turquoise, lapis, quartz and amethyst -- and sells them. Her personal fascination has evolved into a thriving little side business with repeat customers and custom orders.

"It's terribly satisfying, peaceful and quiet -- working with the beads and thinking about where they came from," Hart says. Nice work if you can get it.

Hart sells her jewelry at Wild Yam for $15 to $120. 1013 W. 36th St.; 410-662-1123.

In the pink

Pink is the new red in makeup, the can't-go-wrong color for that look-at-me effect -- or at least that's what the cosmetic companies are saying. The happy shade has taken over cheeks, eyelids and lips.

Next month, Lancome puts its versions, called "Pinksplash," on the market in the form of Colour Focus eye shadows ($15) in extremes of peep (light, light pink) and plum (dark, dark pink); paradise pink Illusion Poudree powder ($25); and nail polish ($13) in pink crystal among other colors.

But the show-stopper comes in a tube, a "Juicy Tube," to be exact. Juicy Tubes are ultra-shiny, syrupy-sweet, scented glosses available in four shades of pink.

The Lancome Pinksplash collection is available through April in department stores and online at -- T. B.

Zirh for sir

Football players push a lot of manly merchandise. Heavy-duty deodorant, razors, beer. But, apparently, that's changing because Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer and defensive end Rob Burnett are showing their softer sides in promoting skin- and hair-care products.

Zirh is a new line of men's cleansers and shaving gels (reportedly Dilfer's favorite) with titles, ingredients and functions usually reserved for the less-hairy gender. The exfoliating body bar ($15) has grape-seed extract; the spa-edition body bar ($15) has kelp and sea salt; the shave gel ($13 to $19) is made with ginseng; and the aloe facial exfoliator has sage and "diatomaceous earth," which Zirh says are small particles derived from prehistoric plants. Sounds like dirt. Maybe this is a guy thing after all. Zirh is available online at

-- T. B.


Now through Feb. 4, the Estee Lauder Solid Perfume Compact Traveling Museum is on display (and some exhibits are on sale)at Washington's Mazza Gallerie Neiman Marcus. The mobile museum has been making its way around the country and showcases intricate solid-perfume compact cases Estee Lauder has made for the last three decades. Shapes include Cinderella's slipper, a Ferris wheel and a parasol. 5300 Wisconsin Ave.; 202-966-9700.

n The Maryland Institute, College of Art Jewelry Center holds its annual exhibition of faculty and student work from the metals program at OXOXO Gallery through Feb. 8. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1617 Sulgrave Ave., Baltimore; 410-466-9696.

-- T. B.

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