Yes its Reveal Day for the Bead Peeps challenge! Time for all of us crazy creative people to show off, to give ourselves a pat on the back and generally feel good about positive networking with like minded people – the Bead Peeps.
I was sent some really beautiful beads and handmade focal pieces by my partner Rosantia. I was also sent a huge challenge because one part of this set was totally outside my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, they are lovely beads, and the handmade components are really special but not something I work with. So it took some thinking about.
For my first piece I decided to make something out of all the pieces that were outside my normal style, without using any of my wire work or metalsmith skills. The beads appealed to the child in me because they are so colourful and pretty and summery and there are flutterbys in the set too!
So this is my summer garden necklace for which I used the beautiful butterfly focal bead by Margit Boehmer, Eco-leather cords in blue, green, pink and purple, some bronze colour spacers, Czech crystal pressed flower beads (green, yellow, aqua and pink), some of the Ceramic and polymer clay beads and metal bronze coloured components.
The necklace does not have a clasp, instead it has a pink ribbon as close to the lovely ceramic flowers as I could match which goes through the two bronze circles and is then tied. This also makes the necklace adjustable for different summer dress necklines.
These Ruby in Zoisite beads jumped out at me from the moment I opened the package Rosantia sent me. What fabulous colours! And they are just the kind of chunky stone beads I like working with.
I was also attracted to them because we recently acquired some rough material which is sitting in the lapidary workshop waiting to be shown some love. Its nice to see what the polished stone looks like and an added incentive to do some work in the lapidary workshop this summer.
If you have been following my coppersmithing journey you would know I have a new favourite component. Copper Washers! 😀
This is what happens when you give a girl big green beads, washers, wire, a texturing hammer and a bottle of liver of sulphur!
And then there were these gorgeous Picasso Jasper beads.
I decided to keep it simple on this one and did variation of my very popular gemstone bead and wire bracelet by doing a mix of small copper washers and the Jasper beads linked together with swirly connectors and a hand-made hook clasp.
And of course don’t forget the texturing hammer and the liver of sulphur to give the bracelet an antique look.
Wooden beads, decoupaged with Washi paper, made by Rosantia
What can I say about this! Absolutely gorgeous beads, beautifully crafted and finished and in my favourite colour RED!
Kept it really simple so its all about the beads. I made a couple of “lantern handle” style components for the bead to hang from. A very pretty pair of simple earrings I have to say.
MINE! MINE! MINE!
And Finally there were these amazing Raw Beach Glass pieces which Rosantia collected on the Black Sea shore.
I have looked at them again and again and there are so many ideas going through my head. I think I spent so much time thinking that I ran out of time and deadline day was looming. So four of these pieces have been wrapped in tissue and put away safely for another day. (Won’t be long) I have an idea but need to practice the technique more before I touch the beach glass.
Anyway… I used the biggest of the pieces and did a wire weave setting. The lovely Austrian crystal bicones make a nice sparkly border to offset the matted look of the glass.
I am very pleased with it 🙂
I am very satisfied with this stash! Hope you like it too! Now Let’s go blog hopping. Please do have a look at Rosantia’s blog and see what she has done with the components I sent her. I am amazed at how creative she is. And I am so happy she has used wire work techniques to play with the pieces I sent her. As a wire artist that makes me so happy 🙂
Thank you Rosantia Petkova for being my partner and giving me the opportunity to try new ideas. I have not used everything that came in your very generous stash but the pieces are safe and will be used at some point in time soon. I know a couple of these designs will be tried again and again with different beads and added to my on-line shop in the near future. And I will write a separate blog post about your beautiful work very soon.
And here is a list of all other participants in this Blog Hop.
Do check out what everyone else has been up to. I have just had a few sneak peaks so far and there is so much amazing work on display. All participants are winners. Well done everyone!
A very special thank you to Linda Anderson, our hostess for this blog hop who has spent a lot of her time encouraging us all, reminding us what a blog hop is all about, and generally being such a fun person to work with. While doing all this she also managed to find time to have two swap partners and make fabulous pieces of jewellery. Linda you are amazing!