This year I had the fortune of being paired
with Eva Sherman from Eva Sherman Designs.
I was sent the most inspiring and delicious soup with which to create.
It included lamp work beads, blue freshwater pearls, and a bold sterling silver clasp.
I set to work quickly planning and sketching.
I know you want to get to the reveal, so
I'll save the details for the end.
And here are the pieces I created with it:
Post-Apocalyptic Bliss Neck Piece
|I call this neck piece "Post-Apocalyptic Bliss" because really, the end doesn't have to be ugly.|
Scroll to the bottom of the post to see pictures of how it was made.
the second piece
Butterscotch Bijou bracelet
|The big beautiful sterling clasp had me stumped but after|
all the detail on my first piece, I was ready for some simplicity.
What I sent to my BSBP partner
Head over to her blog to check out what she created using these beads!
|This is the bead soup I sent Eva. Included are hand cast pewter|
charms that were cast and domed by moi, my Bubble pendant,
Truth button, and a Cherub Heart charm. Antique black iridescent
nail head beads, a hand drilled Lake Erie beach stone, some
raku disks I made a few years ago
during my clay phase, a handmade lamp work cross bead
and some antique tube beads. I topped it off with a coil of oiled iron wire.
Now a little about the process of creating the Post-Apocalyptic Bliss piece.
|Here is my humble beginning. The sketch on interfacing and adding silk|
hand dyed ribbon by stitching the edge in a randomly ruffly way.
|A close up of the ribbon work and the color gradient which I was|
completely delighted with!
|Here I was working out the positioning of the elements so that the|
connecting rings would function properly when in use, on an actual neck.
I have to confess that everyone in my family wore this
at one point while I adjusted the drape. It looked the best on my husband, but he wouldn't model.
|Here is a back view. I used a piece of batik fabric that has|
traveled with me for over twelve years and was given to me by a dear friend.
I was so happy to be able to use it to cover the back of the piece, close to the skin.
See the clasp in the background? She's wondering "what about me?"
|Pondering chain or links to complete the necklace. In the end I chose five strands of brass chain with the addition of seed beads onto the middle chain links for a little color. They are the same seed beads I used around the focal.|
If you've made it this far and you're totally jazzed about seeing how people take what they've been randomly given and transform it into their own interpretation of beauty, check out all the participants in the blog hop HERE.
You won't run out of eye candy as the list is 400 people long. I want to thank Eva for her generous contribution and her creative camaraderie and Lori Anderson and her small team of assistants for being the powerhouse behind this grand and beautiful undertaking. There's something about this challenge that gets me fired up and I hope it does the same for you.
Bead Well and Prosper my dears!
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