|Bracelet started in yesterdays class|
Since it's a freeform class, everyone gets to decide what type of project they want to make; they all chose to start on bracelets. With six hours of class time, I warned that they'd likely be able to complete a smaller project like a pair of earrings or pendant, but would only get a good start on a larger project like a bracelet. My dream is to one day teach this as a two-day workshop. The first day we'd cover the basic technique and structure, the second would give us time to look at all the various nuances of finishing a piece. The design work that you don't really get to until you're well into the project.
|Lamp worked bead by StudioJuls|
Besides the bracelet I started in class, I have a pendant/brooch that's somewhere in the mid-stage of construction. It's designed to show adding a focal bead, building alternate bead paths with bridges, and softening the blunt ends of the peyote stitch. The focal bead is by Julianna Cannon of StudioJuls. I stung it with size 8 beads to either side, solving one of the potential problems of incorporating lampworked beads into seed beading. Their larger center holes tend to swallow the smaller size 11s whole. The colors for this piece are drawn entirely from the focal. While in the final design the blue/green/lavender will dominate, I'm drawing some darker lines first with the dark chocolaty, matte beads for contrast, though for some reason they look much lighter in the photograph. Hmm...
Today and tomorrow, I'm focusing on earrings - two more days of my earring challenge and I'm so far behind it's just sad. Can I complete 31 designs in 31 days? It's not looking good, but we'll give it a shot. Then, come February, I think it will be time for focus on several UFOs, including these three.