Dear Shannon Hicks is my bead buddy for this BSBP( http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/ ), she sent me the most beautiful beads... Amber, Carnelian, Wood Jasper, Picture jasper, Delicas, crystals, silver lined seed beads... well... she didn't just send one focal... she sent two, she didn't just send a clasp... she sent two! The first focal is a beaded globe that is absolutely beautiful, the second is a tube of swirled peyote stitch that is just as beautiful... the first clasp was hammered copper type, the second matched the tube... I was in love!
|Close up of the wire and bead crochet|
|Watch back showing clasp|
Metal has always fascinated me and when I got the chance I took a class from Gwen Youngblood who is my hero! I love her work, and she got me thinking I could do just about anything that I set my mind to!
Another bracelet that I made out of an old fork. I like to pound away at the silverware, but this one was pretty hard, Stainless steel! It did come out to a pretty patina though, I used clay, stone, glass, acrylic, metal and wire.
I love that the colors in this were so earthy. It is rare that I use gold tones, but this got me working with them. I have a ton, don't get me wrong, I buy gold tones of things but they seem to never see the light of day, I fondle them and put them away in a drawer, thinking there will be a project for them... YES!
Then there are the rings, I had fun with those, I made one funky, one kind of nice, and one that I didn't like at all, so I didn't take a pic of it :)
I haven't made earrings for myself in ages. Don't know why, but I love earrings, always have... but just never get around to wearing any. This has really reminded me how fun they are and I will wear them.
Then there is this... the other focal that Shannon sent. It is beautiful on it's own and I thought about just putting it on a beautiful chain or ribbon.... but I have been playing with Celtic Knots for a while, and I keep finding someone else that has something like mine, then I change it more... well. this is it I absolutely can't see to do any small beadwork, I had to use a magnifying glass to do this, and that is something that I share with Shannon. She is visually challenged as well, so I know that Lori didn't consciously know that she was pairing us for that reason, but she sure did a great job!
We have been through so much recently, my son and his health issues and school... my work, company, the dogs, and my Mom... throw in a holiday and some crazy weather and it has been a wild ride. Here's to surviving spring break, STAAR testing, Vet visits, crying little boys, and the Bead Soup Blog Party! I have enjoyed every minute that I have spent browsing and loved looking at all the work and reading so many wonderful blogs. There are so many creative and fun people out there, I would love to know every one! A HUGE thank you to Lori Anderson for getting us all together, she has done a fantastic job and we all appreciate her work. Take a minute if you haven't looked at the list of people and their blogs that are participating at http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/ and look at as many as you can, there are some amazing artists out there!
This has been fun!!