Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Freeform Beaded Necklace #826, $64
Assorted glass sead beads in a freeform woven design with semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, crystals and all kinds of goodies!
Sterling silver toggle clasp
17" in length
Three giant (1.25"x 1.5") focal beads of fossilized coral agate on a strand of freeform beaded complimentary glass seed beads.
The piece also contains Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and two crazy lace agate beads. Sterling silver chain and lobster claw clasp.
Adjustable from 17" to 20"
Friday, May 04, 2012
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Purple Freeform Beaded Necklace #823, $48
This is a very simple peyote stitched piece made with all glass Delica and assorted sized seed beads, with a random fringe dangling with assorted white freshwater pearls.
The length is approx 22" with the centerpiece measuring 2.5"wide x 3.5" tall (including the fringe).
The clasp is a small sterling silver toggle.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So - off to the beading for the day!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Adjustable from 17.5" - 19.5"
Sterling silver lobster claw clasp and chain
Carnelian, amber, jasper, glass, crystals, found items, turquiose, ceramic, pearls and a felted bead, plus a lot more.
The felted bead is my own, made years ago, waiting for something large scale enough to not overwhelm. This piece is heavy! Not for all-day wear, but fun for a few hours at a time.
I'm not pleased with these images but for now, they will have to do.
Glad to be done with this one...now on to the other ideas in my head!
Friday, April 20, 2012
I have enough dreams, desire and motivation on my own. My biggest lesson learned recently: I can't take to heart anyone else's dreams. I can't dedicate my will to something I can't "own" 100% mostly because I like to get things done, make things happen.
Diving head first into beading again has been like putting on my favorite yoga pants :-) Why did I wait so long to do this?!?!?!?!
The piece I've been working on has been fun - I'm trying to be less strict and allow myself to use as many beads as possible. It's a HEAVY one already and I havent added any fringe yet. Hopefully I can get it done today as I have three more ideas in line in my brain behind this one - mostly focusing on freeform beaded pendants on simple necklace strands.
I have been trying to re-inspire myself lately so I've gone back to view the sites from my favorite designers. Way back when, Mary Hicklin of Virgo Moon was an absolute IDOL for me. Her designs are clean and streamlined, she uses gorgeous stones and pearls and she blends freeform beading into pieces in a way that isn't intimidating. And quite honestly, I loved that her pricing was (what I would call) high. I dont think I ever saw a necklace below $200, with her more extravagant pieces over $1,000! I guess when you use quality stuff + her skilled labor, she was comfortable pricing her work at its true value. This is something I still struggle with as 20+ hours on one of my pieces is not unheard of (so if I paid myself $15 an hour, some pieces should start at $300 PLUS materials...ugh - not in Central MA)!
ANYWAY....I digress...Mary lived in an inspiring home in CA that was caught in a wildfire and destroyed in 2003. I went back yesterday and read her inspiring story about the rebuilding of her home and how she continued making jewelry through it. She really is awesome!
So, back to beading! More pics of todays progress to come!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, October 29, 2009
It's Fall. It's cold and I do not like the cold nor the layers required to stay warm in my 59 degree house.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I literally had the application sitting in front of me and got as far as coming up with the project I want to work on...even sought out a tentative commitment to host an exhibition...
Then I stopped.
Not sure why. Maybe the fear of losing my motivation to make art when I am REQUIRED TO as opposed to when I feel the desire to. I just can't seem to to turn it on when I want to - or if I do, I hate the things I create. The project I have in mind I'd rather be ALL IN instead of forced to pump out sub-par work just to meet a deadline.
I've been making Zentangles the past few weeks...they are SOOO relaxing to make! It's akin to the art I have made my whole life where I get into a groove and lose myself while making it. Very satisfying!
I sat today and talked to someone whose mother is about to lose her batter with cancer. It was a difficult conversation but for some reason I did not feel like I was pressing, asking questions...letting him talk about what has been difficult these past few weeks. What is there to say...feel bad...
Without being too specific I am officially out of something that has made my life easier the past 5 months and it's giving me anxiety. Nuff said.
I am donating two items to Cirque du Noir this upcoming Sunday - a black red and white scarf, pieced from cotton scraps and a necklace with some felted beads...I just need to add some finishing touches to each and drop them off tomorrow.
Up next...finish the eye project I started with Scott. I asked him if he would like to make a few smaller versions so I could make them up for the Station show in December and maybe share a space. We'll see...
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here is the piece I worked on over the weekend. Sometimes I can get into such a nice pace with the freeform stuff and crank out a few pieces in a couple days (Tina has the necklace I made before this one with similar colors, but with a simpler shape).
This features a Lilly Pilly engraved shell pendant I've had for over a year...it;s been waiting for the right project and I wanted to bring together the orange in the 2 carnelian nuggets. I was concerned when I strubg the initial strand because the 2 carnelian pieces were REALLY off-center and I am constantly struggling with things not being symmetrical. I worked on evening out the symmetry right up until the last beads added (the lilac pearls on the right side).
Here is one of my favorite necklaces I made with a Lilly Pilly pendant (Karen from Worcester owns this one...such a nice lady - Hi Karen!)