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.
While wandering around somewhere or other, I came across these lovely little fishies, and knew I had to do something with them. They weren’t my usual type of bead, being a fired ceramic, but what the h*ll. Time for something completely different.
I remembered Nevermore and thought perhaps a similar technique might work.
So, it was into the bead boxes to see which colors and sizes worked with Cleo and Clara and Clovis. What’s that? Doesn’t everyone name their fish beads? Of course they do!
The end result is a lovely spiral of seaside and mist colors in various bead sizes (15°, 11°, 8° and 6°) as the focal. The spiral comes in and goes out, just like the tide. The necklace is strands of milky white beads sealed with a slide clasp.
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.
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.
Sweet enough to eat. But I wouldn’t. You might break a tooth.
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.
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.