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 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!
implied by Varro, and is positively affirmed by Seneca, Augustine and Servius
Wife of Neptune.
Ruler of the Seas.
All the time and effort that went into this necklace certainly make it fit for a Goddess. A Goddess of the Seas. Colors of the ocean, seen from the sea floor looking up at sunlight.
Truth be told, I got a little carried away. I had so much fun working on Seychelles, playing with how the various bead sizes could create dimension, I didn’t stop to think how much time it would take to create a necklace using the same principle. With the same bead sizes.
Perseverance paid off. I present Salacia.
Doesn’t this bracelet remind you of sea shells in the Seychelles? Those lovely oyster colored beads, fresh picked from the beach?
I had a bunch of delica beads that have been singing their siren song “Choose Me! Choose Me! Stitch with Me!” for quite a long time. I finally succumbed, and Seychelles is the result.
The primary band is a mix of green and chartreuse delicas. The individual shells have their dimension created by stepping up the bead sizes: 11°, 8°, 6°. Then stepping back down again. They are quite dimensional.
Everything waves like fronds of sea grass.
I knew I wanted to do a second rendition of Red Rover using some silver chain. Perusing the bead stash, I pulled out these bright spring-time greens.
Ok, it wasn’t so much a perusal as a massive dive amidst small plastic baggies of delicas, fending off playful paws with cries of “No! You can’t have that!” whilst the Hellboys ran from the room, small plastic bags in mouth.
Gotta love those furbots. They are ever so helpful. Especially when I don’t want them to be. All baggies (and the beads therein) were recovered unscathed, if a tad worse for toothy punctures.
The light green chain was all made by hand, using colored aluminum wire. One hardens the wire so it keep it’s shape by pounding on it with a mallet. Great for getting rid of frustrations, if a tad noisy.
The beading reminds me of leaves, the stem is the silver chain, all linked together with a touch of green. It’s one of those forget-you-have-it-on pieces, light and bright.
I thought to try my hand at incorporating more chain into my work. This necklace is one of the experiments.
The chain (circles and ovals) was purchased, then deconstructed (aka cut apart) and refashioned.
It was fun to play around.
I created peyote stitched tubes around the oval links. Then had to decide whether to use the circle links. Answer: Yes. Everything was put together with red aluminum jump rings. The very ends are hand-made chain.
I’m not sure which took more time – working with the pliers to fashion the chain, or stitching the peyote tubes. Either way, it was fun!
And I have no idea why the name “Red Rover“. That’s just what came to mind.