The other is a restringing of a bead I made ages ago. I think the simpler setting on a cable choker helps focus on the vibrant colours.
I’ve kept a few components aside because I know how I want to string them to make a necklace. No doubt they will make it to my Etsy shop with finished pieces of jewellery like my Daffodil necklace eventually.
Goodbye (for now) yellow, it’s been fun!
This week I made orange beads again. I made a set of orange pinstripe tetrahedrons. I think of them as “humbugs”.
I drilled them through the centre of the straight edges rather than from the base through the apex. They were fiendishly difficult to photograph.
I also made another set of my retro beads in a different colour combination.
Without planning it I found I had used each colour only once for the different parts of the bead. I wonder if I can resist the final colour combination in the sequence?
Last month I didn’t manage to make an ABS monthly challenge piece because I was working on my Bead Soup*, so I’m pleased to present one this month. The inspiration painting is from 1741, the Rococo era.
For my colours I used the periwinkle blue of the sky and, in place of the yellow ochre of the brickwork, gold (because when I think Rococo too much gold is not enough). Then I thought of the Rococo interiors and I made a pattern like fossil rich marble.
I made a polymer clay focal that also functions as a toggle.
It comes together as a necklace.
But since I seem to get lucky when I make bracelets for the ABS challenges it can also be worn as a multi-wrap bracelet (cunning eh?).
I can’t wait to see what they have next month as inspiration.
* I’m giving away a set of beads as part of my Bead Soup Blog Party reveal, entries available until the end of May.
Welcome to my reveal for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party. To continue the bead sharing, I’m giving away a set of handmade beads (keep reading to the bottom of this post for details). Here is the lovely bead soup sent to me sent to me by my partner Wendy Chamberlain.
My first thoughts when I saw the delicious mix of purple beads and silver caps was “Earrings!” (I LOVE making earrings.)
But I cried, “The point of the blog party is to use the focal and the clasp…”
“But look, the beads are all in pairs. Earrings!”
It was obvious to me that the pretty clasp and the pendant belonged together in the same necklace, so I decided to make some polymer clay beads inspired by the embroidery on the pendant. That way I could make the necklace and still have the mixed beads to play with for earrings. 🙂
I also used some green dyed lava cube beads that matched the colour of the leaves on the pendant and some silver seed beads.
I love the texture that the crochet beads give.
And then I made some earrings… 16 pairs in fact!
* EDIT – Giveaway is now closed. *
Luckily I was able to stop making earring before I used all the polymer clay beads I had made, so I am giving away a set of 8 ‘Embroidered Pearl’ beads. Just let me know in the comments that you would like to be included in the draw (join in even if you are international). I’ll announce the winner by 1st June 2014.
Let me warn you I’m over-tired and grumpy and my mojo is frustrated and exhausted. I’ve had a difficult month*, so my offering is mainly to prove to myself that I’m not dead.
Here is this month’s inspiration painting for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge.
I made the owl beads from polymer clay using a mould I had made previously for earrings and coloured them according to the painting. I used some silver glass beads with a pattern that reminded me of branches. The earrings are quite sweet but hardly GREAT ART.
*Some gory details of the month: my dad had a heart attack (he’s home now on medication). Our new baby is not growing (we spent a week in hospital, now trying to wean her but she will only eat fruit). She is also suffering from eczema and needs her hands held at night to stop her scratching. Older daughter and I have had a terrible cough with associated aches and pains (or maybe I’m just stiff from holding hands all night).