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!
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Tree of Life Necklace
Beaded beads with Zwarovksy pearls and leaded crystals. Each bead contains 20 peals and 20 crystals. Strung together on coated beading wire with a lobster claw fastener.
A few beading friends got together today. We had planned to go to the Milwaukee bead show, but decided instead to use up some of the beads we already have!
First, I had to move my bouquet of Peonies off the beading table…
Then, I fixed up a fresh rhubarb cake with coffee, and off we go!
Later, we stopped for lunch of deli sandwiches, fruit and veggies. Once the edge was off our hunger, we went right back at it.
Today I completed a necklace that I have been working on.
This rope was woven with a variety if different sizes of Aged Picasso Czech seed beads and a brass chain.
Alice did some shopping at the beading table and we decided to swap the necklace for a beautiful shirt and dress!
I think we both got lucky today! (I love my purple dress!!!)
Here I am demonstrating my “technique” on making a beaded bezel. Some of the agates that I plan to use are pictured here. I will use the small one in a bracelet, and the two large ones in a pendant necklace with beaded rope.
More cake, and then a brief and rather disgruntled discussion about the American political fiasco that is the current presidential race, and it was time to call it a day.
(In our defense, my husband came home at noon and ate half the cake. REALLY!)
Happy beading everybody!
Now that Spring has finally arrived it is time to go on a Fairy Hunt!
Remember to look amongst the lily pads….
Also, look up into the trees…
There you may spot a raven
Deep in the woods….
You will find the fairies!
And perhaps a unicorn too!
A druid lass may scamper past
And she will be adorned with symbols of the earth:
For more information on the Pentagram symbol: Pentagram symbolism
check out the garden…. (look behind the roses)
See them there, the little pixies hiding amongst the flowers?
They await the queen of the fairies…
I hope you have had fun in Fairyland! Stop by any time!!
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!!