Friday, August 29, 2008

Enchantress - Bead Embroidery Pendant and Spiral Necklace

I finally finished this piece last night. I decided I liked the pendant with the narrow side up. The focal is a hand beaded embroidery pendant in a freeform shape. It consists of hundreds of beads in various sizes, each hand applied one by one. The necklace is a spiral rope in matching colors. A loop and toggle closure finish it off. The colors in this one are purple, lime green, yellow, turquoise, and gold. This necklace is 17 inches in length plus the closure. The focal is 2 3/4 inches in length and 2 inches in width at its widest point. This necklace is in my Etsy Shop here.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bead Embroidery Pendant

Finished this pendant last night - well I still need to bead around the edges. I also need to make a necklace to hang it from. I am just not sure which way is up. The pendant is rather freeform so I guess it could go either way - something to think about!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fiesta - Pendant & Necklace

I found this funky purple button awhile ago and wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it - I just liked it. I decided to make a pendant out of it - a lot like the Art Deco pendant I just finished. I beaded peyote stitch rows around the button and then a few more rows around the edges. I added some small beads in the two button holes and then beaded a spiral rope and loop and toggle closure to finish it off. I am really happy with the purple and lime green coloring with yellow accents - these are colors I don't usually use together and they really look great.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Art Deco - Pendant & Necklace

This should have been my challenge piece for the EBW August challenge "Art Deco". I had it finished on time but decided not to list it as I am going to keep this one.

My mothers sister, my Aunt Jean, passed away a year ago July. She loved jewelry and I looked through her things and took a few pieces. This pendant originally was a pin and there is another very much like it, square and in purple shades, I have that one too. I thought it very much represented Art Deco in its design.

I removed the pin from the back to make the pendant. I then used seed beads to bead a few rows around the focal. I decided on a spiral rope in size 11 and 8 seed beads to attach to the pendant. I wanted to be careful with the colors that it didn't come off as Halloweenish. I also didn't want to add any fringe or too much decoration to the pendant - I want it to be the focal and stand on its own.

I am very happy with this piece and it accomplished 2 things - I have a great memory of my aunt that I can and will wear (I would never wear this as a pin) and I recycled - which I love to do in my jewelry.