Sunday, September 27, 2009

Get Your Glam On

Wow. That is my response to my class yesterday. Or rather, my response to the ladies who took my class yesterday. It would be enough for me that they are interesting, eager, and friendly. An added plus would be how encouraging they were to each other, though they were strangers. But I say "WOW!" for a different reason. I am so amazed how these ladies were already coming up with ways to customize and adapt the technique I taught before they even finished their bracelets. Fittingly, we sat at a round table, sharing ideas, brainstorming, and i think we had some good lightning bolts come out of it.

I also came home with more Swarovski Rivolis, so I am going to go for the sparkle this week. I've been thinking about holiday party season this week, as well as holiday gift giving, so the bling is going to figure big for me coming up. I'll be teaching a rivoli pendant class in October, as well as a class on the peyote rings I worked on last week. Can't wait to get my glam on.

Also making a reappearance is this geode slice necklace, I made this six or seven years ago for my husband. He has been wearing it a lot lately, and he gets lots of compliments, which is a lovely stroking of my ego of course. I am surprised that I still even like this piece. So often, artists look back at their older pieces and see only the mistakes. But I still like the Geode! I wish I could get more geodes, trying to track some down. The botswana agates and onyx beads are also still captivating to me.

So many ideas to tackle... not that I'm complaining, I am ready to get to work.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ring Around the Rosie

I've been making rings by request for a new class.
It is really quite fun to experiment.

Of course, I have no idea what size rings I'm making.
I just stitch what I like.
And I like this Turquoise ring. It's made with 11/o seed beads
and some 13/o Charlottes
given me by my friend Diane. Thanks!

This ring is kind of gothic, with the burgundy and black seed beads
and a round Swarovski Crystal.

And here is my version of refined/ sophisticated.
A very simple and strong design with an amethyst colored Swarovski in the center.
The dark green- blue seed beads play nicely with the plummy purples.

I have also been playing with iPhoto, as seen in the cute little borders and frames.
It's quite simple, which works for me.

On a side note, my 4 year old is continually going into my room/ tiny bead studio and wreaking mad havoc EVERYWHERE.
She has learned to break seed beads with a chain nose plier, which is a helpful technique to remove a bad bead or mistake from the middle of a piece.
She has broken seed beads from the middle of my two newest finished pieces, which did not NEED beads to be removed.
So, I had two new necklaces to show you, but now...
not so much.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Changes, Opportunities, Beginnings

This past week has been a challenge for each role I perform daily; I grew as a mother, wife, and artist. I am glad to take a moment to reflect on that, and acknowledge the stress life can sometimes bring. This week brought a new school schedule for my oldest daughter, a change in work schedule for my husband, and I found out I have three classes booked for the month, which is a VERY good thing, particularly in the artist budget arena.

My family needs me so much, but they inspire me every minute. For example, the Mermaid necklace is inspired by my little water babies, who swam this whole long weekend! We had a blast swimming in the beautiful Gulf, at the Treasure Island Public Beach. We saw so many fish! I'll have to do a necklace with all of those magic fish as inspiration.

This necklace was made with Glass seed beads and little bits of Labradorite and moonstone. The center piece is a magical mermaid from Green Girl Studios, a favorite of mine for many years. The back has an inscription that reads "even lovers drown".

I've also included pictures of a necklace I call "Montana Blue Bird", with a more modern birdie motif and lots of freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, and Iolite beads woven throughout the seed bead base.

I wanted to include both of these necklaces in one post because they were made with the same basic technique, which is a (very) modified Zulu stitch. Zulu is fun and easy. It is also great for those times when you need to just go with the flow and design as you go along, making the beadwork more or less full, as desired.