Goodness, that was a much longer break in the blog-o-sphere than I had intended. Some days, being an adult just seems determined to get in the way. Now that adulthood is temporarily settled into a back seat, on to the pretties!
I was rather taken with the triangles in Pop! Pop! and decided to explore the theme a little further. That’s how Something Fishy was born. All the colors of the ocean, mixed with a bit of crystal seafoam. This was stitched of-a-piece, meaning the triangle segues through the crystal into the next triangle. I didn’t stitch the triangles, then string them with the crystals on some wire…though one could probably do that. I find the stitch-as-you-go method keeps the triangles from collapsing.
Details: size 10º delicas, two-tone Czech crystals and a pewter clasp. Using delicas makes a more solid, angular structure.
Next up, I need to think of something to do with the new bead shapes I brought back from Tucson.
Simply, Mauve-a-lous, dahling
I’ve been trying to expand my beady horizons by working in color ways that don’t usually appeal to me. I am very much a purple, lime, teal sort of person. This necklace is definitely not.
Even so, I found it a wonderful experience. First I acquired the mauve/grey beads that make up the necklace band, then the opalescent crystals, and finally the focals.
Now, about those paisley focals: they are antique Czech buttons. They have a shank on the back, so it took a bit of thinking to figure out how to incorporate them into jewelry and still maintain the integrity and collectability of the buttons. Beading books will generally say to remove the shank with pliers, but I didn’t want to do that. It would have destroyed the button’s value.
Antique French mauve luster seed beads are also in this necklace. You can see them at the end of the neck strap, by the clasp. Pairing them with collectable buttons seemed like the right thing to do; keeping the antiques together, if you will.
While it’s not exactly the appropriate period, can’t you just envision the Dowager Duchess from Downton Abbey wearing this as she kicks up her heels when no one is looking? Dahling!
Remember that box? The one in the previous post containing a cat? This is what was really inside! Daggers and Drops and Druks, Oh My!
Like the Olympics, and their motto of “Bring Home the Gold”, I too sought to Bring Home the Bling. Success!
The seed beads are both size 8 and 6.
The colors looks pretty basic, but basic gets used quite a bit, and these fill out the gaps in colors I already have. True, they are not my personal color choice (orange?) but they will be used, of that I am sure.
The baggies are 1/4 kilo, and about the size of a sandwich bag. That gives some idea of how seed beads are sold in the wholesale world. I imagine if I owned a bead shop, the supplier would have been more than happy to sell them pre-packaged in little plastic tubes, but that is unnecessary.
Then there are the daggers, drops and druks. Druk is a fancy term (Czech probably) for a simple round bead. I guess it differentiates them from seed beads, which are perhaps made differently? Not sure. Will have to research that.
I really like the chrome colored daggers. See them sitting next to the red drops? I think they will come in quite handy, when a little something unusual is called for. Maybe they’ll make their first appearance in a Mermaid bracelet. Biker Mermaid, anyone?
The past week saw Prince Charming and I donning our welding helmets to brave the glitz and glamour of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Sunglasses simply as not enough protection from the silica sparkles.
The glass cones above are some of the new beads that came home with me. I’ve wanted to try my hand with them since they were introduced last year. That said, this particular attempt I am not happy with, so am chalking it up to experimentation. Frankenbead, anyone? I will probably cut the beads apart, and put them back into their tidy little bags.
The idea is great – I like the colors and the chance to use bugle beads. It’s the structure that’s lacking. The cones do not feel stable, even though they are stitched into the bugles. The bugles need something above the cones to prevent collapse of the collar. I tried tighter spacing on the purple cone, but still no go.
Back to the Beading Board!
Carmen is another Day of the Dead brooch. The same size as Esmerelda, so 2 inches top to bottom, give or take a few millimeters.
Unlike Esmerelda, Carmen is already flushed from dancing – she’s been waltzing under candle light all evening.
Lucite cameo bezeled with black and pink seed beads (sizes 11º to 15º). She’s edged with shiny black druks with a light pink picot.