The Evolution of a Signature Design: The “Flying V” Choker

 

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.

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:

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Also, Sunrise on the grasslands: Note the beaded buttons on this piece.

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Spring is here, and we are happy to see it!

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….

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The riot of the spring garden….

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The soft blue skies of a warm new day….

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The green of new leaves and ponds….

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Keep on beading!

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Spring Fever: Gearing up for the Art Fair Season!

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…

 

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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

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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!

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April Showers bring May flowers!

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Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls 

 

A Penchant for Pendants

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…

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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!!

 

Weaving a Holiday Tradition

I Love the holiday season. I like how comforting it is to participate in familiar traditions and activities. Despite the inevitable dysfunctional moment, family gatherings are always delightful.

I have played many rolls in this saga. From eager child – dying to see far flung cousins and open gifts- to new parent, busy with holiday shopping and traveling to gatherings- to host and chief cook and bottle washer for huge family gatherings-and now, finally, to honored guest at the table of my offspring. Each roll has been fun and energizing. I am  getting used to the last one in a surprising hurry! Showing up with a pie and a bottle of wine takes me back to my college days!

What can I offer that is new and different? With all this spare time on my hands, I can weave new traditions, such as handmade ornaments and gifts.

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I can partake of delicious foods and treats without the stress of hosting large parties and elaborate dinners. 2015-12-13 17.08.482012-12-25 18.37.022015-10-04 12.37.37

I can make pretty bracelets and earrings in “all my spare time”.

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I can relax and visit with friends and family

Happy Holidays everybody!

Time to settle in for the winter!

I am done with summer and fall shows and I just did my last winter show. Now I can hunker down for some serious beading time!

My latest passion has been to bead borders around pendents to make pretty medallions. Visitors around here know to beware- If you set it down and leave it for too long, I will bead a border around it!

Here are a few examples:

Tree of life pendants

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Celtic tree of life

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Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

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Tree ornament and/or sun-catchers (only one shown of 4)

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Flower cabachon and Compass pendants

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Lest you believe that All I do nowadays is embellish pendants – allow me to show you some other work I have recently done:

 

Beaded blue dyed Druzy

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Poinsettia Czech-Mates/bugle bead Holiday Extravaganza!

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Snowflake Pendant Necklaces

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Also, a few new winding roads to travel down

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Now- I Gotta get going and make some new treasure’s for next year!!