A necklace with paper collage and beaded surround. She’s been just the bright and lively ticket to chase away the doldrums.
She smiles. She twinkles. I bet she even has a secret she’s not sharing.
I’ve done: blue butterflies, sugar skulls, Day of the Dead and many others, but the Muse of Alliteration was missing. Gone.
So, this post is just Basically Blue. Can I blame the lack of creativity on exhaustion after the Giftmas holiday? I thought not as well…
A Day of the Dead paper collage, replete with gears and glitter, sealed beneath a glass cabochon. The cab is further decorated with a mix of copper, blue and bronze seed beads.
I knew when I finished the bezel that this little skull was destined to be a necklace. There were even blue beads of the appropriate hues in stash, blue not being a color I use frequently. Copper accents play off the gears under glass.
Another Day of the Dead image immortalized with a glass cabochon. Also another foray into expanding my color palette, as I am not at all a pink person.
The skull is highlighted with bits of sparkle, then encased under glass. The surrounding beads are a mix of 8°, 11° and 15°.
To keep the necklace from becoming totally saccharine, there’s a baby blue picot around the focal.
This piece was shouting loud and clear that it did not want to be a brooch. So, necklace it is.
For continuity I used the same beads in the strand as are in the bezel. A few hand-formed pink links allow for adjust-ability. The whole is back with a Southwestern faux leather.
Except this bright green beauty!
I opted to spend time on the bezel, rather than become too enmeshed with the necklace itself. That’s the aged copper chain the butterfly flits from.
The butterfly is paper collage under a glass cabochon, beaded ’round with seed beads and bugles, then finished with a tortoise shell druk. I have no idea where I got the druks, but their color – a swirl of black and brown, sure comes in handy!
Another embellished pendant featuring an Alice in Wonderland character, accented with glitteratti inks (green, yellow and pink). The whole kept safe under a glass cabochon.
I had a lot of fun using crazy colors in the beadwork. I’ve had the pink bugles for ages, and could never get them into a piece before. I do like how they turned out. The rest are silver, yellow and chartreuse seeds.
The silver bail is glued on. I’m finding these bails to be more satisfactory than beading bails.
The back is my usual faux leather.
Do you think the Mad Hatter will wait for Beaux Bunny to show up?
Collage image under a glass cabochon, peyote bezeled with seed beads, delicas and little 15°s. Yes, I was pulling out all the stops, size-wise.
The scalloped edge is clear crystals doing a loop-de-loop.
The image in this one isn’t accented with anything; no sparkles. I thought the musical notes in the background were enough. If I print it again to make another, I may put a little somethin’ somethin’ on the dragonfly wings.
This brooch will remain subtle.
I stumbled on this image while smurfing the web, and had to make it my own. Flowers. Gears. Glitter.
The glitter is on the flowers, though it’s difficult to see.
I continued working outside my chromatic comfort zone, this time with greys and pinks. I am not a pink person.
The image and gears are covered with a glass cabochon; the whole beaded round into a brooch; faux leather and a pin back complete the piece. I suppose if one wanted, a person could thread the pin on a ribbon and wear it as a necklace. That works too!