Taking Flight

The acid green beads on this necklace remind of beetle wings, the shiny green ones flittering and skittering about on a hot summer’s night.  Though it is now neither hot, nor summer, that’s what it brings to mind.

I’m not much of one for jumping on the bandwagon of all the new beady shapes that have come to market.  So many of them seem single purpose to me.  Or perhaps that’s just a lack of vision on my part.  Either way, this piece was the result of noodling around with some oddly shaped beads, and seeing what I could add to them.  There are some teensy acid green crystals there, if you look closely, as well as the usual seed beads and crystals.

It works, though I think it hums rather than sings.  Maybe that’s a good thing…

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Seaward

While sewing has been happening, there’s also been some beading going on.

An order of curved tooth dagger beads arrived a week back and I just had to make something with them.

Enter Seaward, as in heading to the sea.

The bracelet was loom woven, using a mix of blue galaxy tooths (tooths.  I just love that word) and chrome finish seed beads.  The whole is anchored with brushed steel end caps and a piscean clasp.  Edges are reinforced with a picot of silver beads.

Here Fishy Fishy!

Spiny Lizard

Admittedly, there’s nothing particularly reptilian about this bracelet, but hey, the working title was Gila Monster, and saying it was monstrous seemed worse somehow.

Playing with curved tooth beads in a cool copper color.  I believe it’s copper galaxy.  Anyway, they’re not a solid color but a blend of copper, steel and grey.  There are also shiny grey 6° in the piece.  Something to let the teeth drape, rather than clatter against each other.  While this bracelet looks hard and spiny it is in fact very flexible, rather like liquid mesh.

The edges are protected by a petite picot of copper beads.

Ziggurat

This bracelet was an experiment in free-form weaving.  Not free form as in absent warp and weft, but free form as in design.  I had no plan when I started, other than it should be dark and goth-like.

It was intended as a gift for someone, but alas, I have not yet perfected sizing my loom pieces, and it fell short of her wrist.  Pooh!

That said, I remain pleased with it.  The clasp is pleasantly hefty and solid, the woven band is nicely tactile.  With the sizing exception, it turned out well.

The black background highlights the Mardi Gras colored design, with it’s peaks and ogees.

Forget Me Not

This bracelet reminds me of the small forget-me-not flowers I used to see as a child.  They were always one of the first harbingers of Spring, popping up to remind one there was sunshine and warmth and longer days ahead.

The green base is bead woven on a loom.  I liken it to the stems and leaves of the flowers.  It was then enhanced with matte periwinkle circles, each one dotted with a yellow center.  A tiny blue picot surrounds the edge, and protects the warp and weft from wear.  (Try saying that three times fast!)

Shhh!  Don’t tell, but this is a birthday present for a dear friend who is an awesome gardener.  I hope she likes it.

Statice

img_4384Purple, Magenta, Green.  The first flowers poking through the snow.  Days are getting longer.  The sun is rising earlier, setting later.

More experimentation with the bead loom.  The base of the bracelet was woven using 10° delicas.  It was fun both because it went quickly and helped expand my horizons.

The little flowers are matte green o-beads and sparkly magenta 15°s.  The magentas also make up the picot edge.  The whole band is wrapped through a pair of hammered gunmetal D rings, snicked with a magnetic clasp.

Hot Ziggety

img_4369For Christmas Prince Charming gave me a bead loom.  Given my textile background, when I started reading about them, they became most interesting.

I present the initial bracelet.  I must say, once the first two to three rows are in, projects work up very quickly!  Until the last two rolls, which take a bit of coercion.  Not bad for a first attempt using size 8° seeds.

This one doesn’t fit me in the least, being waaay too large.  But it will fit someone.  I learned a lot, which was the whole purpose.  I can see beading this way as being a much quicker means to an end; creating beaded bases on which to embellish.