Hi there everybody!
I have not posted in a very long time. I have been busy making jewelry and adding to my arts offerings by expanding my photography business (Ardea Blue Photography)
I am now in the midst of the pre holiday season Blitz!
I am doing a combination of jewelry shows and photography exhibits, which you cab see by looking at my upcoming events side bar.
My latest jewelry forays include LOTS of bracelets and Necklaces, as you can see below:
I love this beautiful etched Czech glass Tila bead. I accented it with purple glass pearls and seed beads. SO pretty!
I Also fell in love with these new Z shaped beads, but could only find them in this unusual color. Luckily, I had some matching Tila beads to go with it:
I had some fun selling things, Believe it or not, I now have about twice as many as seen in this picture!
Like these for example:
In between all these projects, I did a lot of traveling and took a lot of pictures. My love of nature has always inspired my jewelry, especially in regards to color and shape. You can see how my artistic endeavors intertwine in the following photographs:
Come on out and see my jewelry in December and my photography as well in Nov and December!
Weaving is my main obsession! I can start weaving in the afternoon, get into the zone and look up to find that it is past midnight!
Lately, I have been doing a lot of super duo and Tila bracelet designs.
I love playing with the pattern and colors
I found a new pattern that I love!
I have also been doing a lot of Herringbone with super duos as well. I just love the way they look when using the herringbone weave!
I am getting ready for the season, and trying to build up stock. I splurged on red Creek Jasper at our local bead show and had a lot of fun combining it with other stones and with Czech glass.
Love the pendants! I also liked how the African Turquoise complimented the Jasper.
I have a great fondness for Czech glass. I particularly love these cupped half circles. I enjoy stacking them so that they resemble armadillo armor! They seemed to like the Red Creek Jasper and looked quite nice together.
Evolution of design
These round scoops were the first version of the Flying V choker necklaces. They were made with 3 mm cubes and finished with buttons.
I then started using 4 MM squares to make a bigger statement. I switched from a soft scoop to a bold V shape.
I named my new design the FLYING V- because the shape reminds me of a flock of migrating geese:
I used sharply contrasting colors for a bold statement. Root beer brown and metallic bronze, or Gunmetal black with gold…
I tried matte finish with shiny borders and shiny interiors with matte borders
I progressed then, to evoking the colors of the natural world: the soft summer colors of an oak opening, the Sunset, and the sunrise.
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This one evokes the deep greens of the maple woods, with a chain that mimics the maple Samara.
Below, I was inspired by Lake Superior at dawn:
Also, Sunrise on the grasslands: Note the beaded buttons on this piece.
How I love to see the greening of the world after a long winter of muted whites and greys. The colors of nature in spring inspire me ceaselessly.
The whisper of spring ephemerals….
The riot of the spring garden….
The soft blue skies of a warm new day….
The green of new leaves and ponds….
Keep on beading!
All the Best to You and Yours!
Betsy’s Beadworks takes a pause to Relax, Regroup, and Re-energize to prepare for the Coming Year
Enjoy your Holiday Traditions
(Here are some of mine)
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!
Soft new leaves in pretty pastel shades of green, reds and purple have suddenly popped forth on the trees this week! I took notice of this event and was inspired to create some leafy concoctions…
These leafy creations are ready to be finished with a clasp and fastened to your wrist!
Although I have not put the chain on it yet, I have already woven a matching necklace
As the sun comes out a little earlier each day and warms the earth, I feel it’s golden warmth more and more each day. This sparkly creation was made in honor of the sun and it’s power over the earth! HAPPY B’EARTH-DAY!
April Showers bring May flowers!
Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls
I love alliteration. Hope you do too! I also love to bead pendants by either using a brick stitch embellishment to a metal medallion, or, using Peyote weave around a cabochon.
Are you ready for some new stuff? Here are some new offerings of pendants, necklaces, and bracelets.
I have a lot of these golden trees, and I thought they could make nice pendants, be used as sun-catchers in a window, or even holiday tree ornaments!
Here is On I put on the tree this year…
I love to embellish brass, copper and pewter pendants as well.
Here are some pretty gemstones I wrapped:
And now, for a bigger project. I started weaving a simple super Duo rope and just kept on going! I wanted to create a really long rope, like those long ropes of pearls that flapper ladies wore in my Grandmother’s day. I remember her long pearl strands and I wanted to make a woven rope long enough to twirl, or at least wrap twice around my neck.
Here is the result: a 42 inch black and gold woven rope that is long enough to tie in a knot, or double up.
And some bracelets…
Time to get back to beading. I have some more pendants to make and I just had an idea for a new rope!!