Pond Pebbles

Another bracelet from the bead loom.  This one made using snowflake obsidian (or snowflake agate, as I’ve heard it called).

Pretty much the same as Pebbles, except wider.

The picot edging is silver seed beads.

Silver beads are like white fabric – there are undertones of all different colors (warm, cool, pink, blue).  It took several auditions before I found the right “silver” to use.

I like how these bracelets feel, the loom weaving makes them very supple and pleasant to wear.

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Pebbles

Something simple this time around, though made with fancy components.

Jasper beads woven into a slinky bracelet, edged with gold charlottes and finished with a gold clasp.

This bracelet was  made on a bead loom, which is a bit of a departure for me.  Still, once I remembered to keep an eye on the needle and thread, as in don’t let the thread get so short it pulls out of the needle on every pass, and remember you’ll have to weave in those tails, so make sure there’s some tail to weave, everything went smoothly.

I don’t make a lot of pieces using geological stones, and wondered if the jasper would present problems.  It didn’t, though it certainly caught the attention of the kitties when the loose beads fell on the floor.

Carnivale

After working with so many natural stones: brown, blue, grey I thought it was high time for a dash of color.  Enter Carnivale!

Hand dyed Shibori silk stitched in swoops and swirls, accented with sunflower Swarovski rivolis bezeled with matte black seed beads.  Can you say contrast?  I knew you could!  The folds of the shibori are highlighted with magenta and orchid metallic seed beads.  The cuff is lined with red faux leather, to keep the colorful carnival theme going strong.

This bracelet also has some experimentation, as I used a brass cuff / armature for the shape.  I’ve had these cuffs for years, but could never quite figure out what to do with them.  Now I know…

I love how the crystals peek out from the silk

Flutter

Sometimes, a person just has to try something different.  I’ve never been much of a pink person (except when I sunburn – teehee), so this pendant became an exercise in working outside my comfort zone.

I think my comfort zone has now expanded.

Paper collage butterfly under glass.  Lovely rose and pink beads surrounding the butterfly, with a few matte black accents providing contrast.

All set to fly away on a silver chain.

Lady Wei

She was married to Li Ju, the Governor of the Ding Prefecture at a young age.  As befitted her social position, she excelled at the courtly arts, in particular calligraphy.

Her diligence to that art provided several well known works, including the Famous Concubine Inscription and The Picture of Ink Brush which describes the Seven Powers.

A brooch of Chinese writing stone, carved bone and seed beads.

Gertie’s Gold

Though she got a late start discovering her passion, by the age of thirty-three she was deeply immersed in it, leading paleolithic and neolithic excavations in Egypt, Yemen and Zimbabwe.  Quite the feat for a 1920s woman.

Gertie developed methods for recording an artifact’s position in relation to it’s neighbors, as well as soil scrutiny and analysis.  These are methods which form the basis of modern archaeology.

Perhaps this is one of the pieces  unearthed in her 1929 Zimbabwe dig?  A diety?  A goddess?

Gertrude-Caton Thompson (1888-1985)

Left Turn

Sometimes, pieces start one way, the creative process taking firm hold.  Progress happens nicely, then stops.  Full Stop.

Maybe one’s creative mojo takes a holiday.  (I swear some times I see her off in the distance, sipping mojitos on a sandy beach, thumbing her nose at me!)

Other times, well, the direction I thought I was taking is no longer where the piece wants to go.  We discuss.

That’s what happened here.  When I started, I knew this was going to be a brooch.  The colors were working, the shape was good…then I got to the final edging, and the cabochon no longer said “brooch”.  It was demanding, “Make Me Something Else.”

To paraphrase comedian Tom Papa, “Have you ever heard a piece of jewelry stamp it’s foot?  I have.”  Being the obedient artist that I am, a beaded bail was added instead of a pin back.  A bronze chain finished things nicely.  We both breathed a sigh of relief.

Left turn completed.  Collision avoided.