I saw these little ceramic owls in the discard pile at the local bead shoppe (aren’t all bead stores a shoppe?) and knew they deserved better. They were just laying there, asking for some passer-by to please give a hoot about them. That was me. Hoot! Hoot!
They were so full of color and personality they didn’t need much to make them soar.
I pulled the primary colors of the spiral focal from the owls – bright red, mauve and baby blue. The rest of the necklace is a lovely dove grey which compliments the brightness of the owls. I’m not enough of a bird watcher to know if owls and doves coexist in the wild, but in beading they certainly do.
Or something to that effect. It’s been a while since I’ve ready Edgar Allen Poe, still his writing does stick with one.
This necklace is for no particular reason other than finding some very uniaue Day of the Dead pewter bird skulls. If you look closely at the photo below, you can even see they’re decorated with bas relief rosettes. How cool is that!
The focal is a mix of shiny and black matte beads, with small pops of color to keep the piece lively rather than funereal. Digging through the stash unearthed (pun intended) some pewter skulls which are randomly strung on the neck strap.
I admit to having been a bit of a blog slacker these past couple weeks. BUT I think I have good reason.I was getting ready for a show! Wow! I still can’t believe it, and I was there!
I spent the week before deciding on which additional pieces to bring – Something new? Something blue? And of course, Something Completely Different!
First, for those who don’t know, Elko is a fair sized town in Northeastern Nevada, about a six hour drive from Carson City, the state capital. Predominant business there is mining. Nevada isn’t called “The Silver State” for nothin’. This weekend also happened to have a mining convention, as well as high school graduation, so it was a hopping place.
The Museum is absolutely fantastic. While I tend to think of Elko as a small town (shame on me for that) the Museum is top notch. The permanent exhibits are exceptional – Ansel Adams and Edward Westin to name just a few. And me! Not that I’m rubbing display areas with the likes of them. Ha! Ha!
For the reception they decorated an antique display case, and positioned it right up front as you entered the Museum. I got to sit next to it, and show additional beadwork. I brought some pieces that were in progress so visitors could see they really are created One Bead at a Time.
It was a Grand Time. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Museum staff and visitors. Everyone was delightful, attentive and personable. If you’re ever in Elko, be sure to stop by!
Carolina, with every color under the rainbow. Or very near to it.
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.
This necklace is my second commission ever! I think it turned out great. It’s a lovely mix of candy colored 6° seeds crocheted into a rope, inspired by one I made for myself, Old Tyme Candy.
This one is longer, and has more sparkle. The new owner is a tiny person, so she can wear it doubled, as a short necklace, or full length, in a 20s flapper style.
I had picked up some hot pink beads on a whim. Wasn’t at all sure what I’d do with them. It’s the dead of winter here, so perhaps is was just a desire for something bright and lively; the promise of Spring to come. Don’t get me wrong though, I like winter here in Sierraville; it’s lovely!
What to do with these pink beads? My mind doesn’t move in a “pink” direction. It does, however, do yellow and blue, which are also colors in the beads.
The spiral accent is a mix of seed beads and drops. Yellow drops form a sharp V rolling forwards and back. The necklace is a mix of yellow rice beads and small crystals. Pink coins are interspersed along the length. It’s bright and fun and springy!
A bezeled cameo, strung with delicate chiffon.
This necklace is another exercise outside my comfort zone. I’m not usually one to do religious work, though the cameo is obviously that.
I think the Virgin is pretty spiffy with her red and gold crystals and matte gold beads.
There was a bit of a struggle about what type of necklace to use. I wanted something softer, less mechanical than my usual stringing.
Red chiffon ribbon, living in the stash for years was just the ticket.