Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wildflower necklace

It's amazing where beads can take you. One day you may be swimming with the mermaids in some far away blue lagoon, putting together a piece made of shimmery shells and pearls.... or you may be wandering through a spice market, stringing coral and other warm hued treasures.

Today though, I have travelled back in time. I am in the cool of a spring wood, surrounded by new greenery and wild flowers. I've had fun depicting the fat little white campions I see growing together with the pink version. I selected some oblong silver toned beads and then added little glass flowers at the ends.

I also represented the blue speedwells which grow at the edge of the wood, where the canopy still lets in light early in the year. I had some blue flower beads which I've modified slightly. I bought some wonderful 'Swellegant' products which include paints, dye oxides and sealants, especially for the jewellery maker. Now the beads look much more like the real speedwell flowers with the silver highlights and little silver beads in the centres.

I've a fair way to go with this and I'm determined to master some new knots to go in the beaded cord that will complete it. A peaceful and meditative way to spend a few days.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Bundles of threads and boxes of beads

Having completed some tricky soldering this week, my fingers are itching to get weaving and knotting  again. The new pendant needs a strap, something light and pretty that will match the colours in the cabochon. The cab fits in the claw setting as snug as a bug, and I managed to achieve my objective of allowing the lime green border to show. Any other mounting would have obscured it so it was a real challenge.

There’s a place for black leather, but this certainly isn’t it! I certainly need to have a good sort out before I start, but immediately I can see some possible contenders in the delightful (dis)array of threads in my ‘Artbin’ storage box.

 Maybe I will get out the wooden marudai and make a cord in lime green and blue. Pity it is so stormy here – no sitting outside with the calming noise of wooden bobbins today.