29 June 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

A few clay experiments today. I find playing around with clay quite therapeutic, which is what I need today. Have a few bits on my mind and a house full of workmen fitting new double glazing to the back of my house.
So much noise!

Today I am very thankful for wonderful friends and am looking forward to moving on with my life, wherever that may take me.

Anyway...the beads!

28 June 2011

Art Bead Scene June Challenge - Ophelia

I really loved this months piece of art. Ophelia by Odilon Redon is a wonderful summarisation of the fate of Ophelia. You can feel the sorrow eminating from the art work amongst the wonderful splashes of colour. 
When I first saw it I immediately read up on the story of Hamlet.  I read it once when I was younger in school but could only remember bits so I wanted to have some snippets fresh in my mind for creating the necklace. 

I sometimes have to force myself away from bracelets. They're my favourite thing to make but I knew I wanted to include a phrase from the play and stamp it into the metal...that called for a necklace.

"Some precious instance of itself" are my favourite words from the play. They are so poetical and meaningful. 

“Nature is fine in love, and where 't is fine, It sends some precious instance of itself After the thing it loves.” ~ William Shakespeare

So, the finished piece!

And some detail for you...

It started to rain as I was taking the pictures.  I love how the water droplets look on the brass plate so I didn't wipe it dry. 

Polymer focal by me
Vintaj brass wire
Blue "pond" Czech rondelles
Patinated verdegris brass flourishes
Teeny green and blue czech rondelles
Toho seed
Black polymer bead by me
Large yellow Czech nuggets
Blue patinated brass flower
Brass chain
Brass plate cut and stamped by me
Blue sari silk
Blue ceramic bead by Gaea
Brass clasp & large jump rings by me

25 June 2011

ABS Muffin Tin Challenge

Have been super busy this week but did manage to start the Art Bead Scene muffin tin challenge!  It's too late to start it now really unless you can do it all tomorrow and get entered before the deadline on Monday.

I've finished 7 pieces and am going to do the other 5 tomorrow whilst I have the house to myself. Took me a while to get organised but I got together a couple of things that were half finished and the...

14 June 2011

Not blogged for a while!

Haven't had much of a chance to get stuck into jewellery and beads until this last week or so. Having trouble getting some time by myself, which I need desperately! So lots of half finish projects that I've been trying to get finished up a wee bit.

I've half finished a necklace for my mums birthday. Not sure if she'll like it so if she doesn't then I'll put it in my shop and make her something else. Will show that off after...