This party was inspired by the amazingly talented Lori Anderson's new book Bead Soup. And now it's time for the reveals.
I ended up making two pieces with the mix, separating out the clasp and the owl focal.
The pearls and bead caps seemed so formal, I decided to separate them out from the owl and include them with the gold triangular clasp.
Not too surprisingly, I found myself creating beaded beads to round out the necklace. I think the blue frosted glass adds a bright touch.
The solution came at Bead Fest, in the form of a tumbled glass ring by Kathy of Trinket Foundry. A freeform beaded branch and some 'sky' tie him into his environment. I think this will be a fun brooch to wear.
I hate to say this because you may not have been going for this effect, but it is the one my eyes see: these seem so perfectly 1950's modern. I love both of them for that very reason. Neither piece is even close to being a replica, it is just the spirit that captured my heart.ReplyDelete
Actually, I'll take that as a compliment. I do admire many of the designs from the 40s and 50s - I love their clean, elegant lines. With the pearls and gold bead caps I felt like I needed to create something 'glamorous' and kept thinking of the type of jewelry my grandmother wore.Delete
With the owl brooch, I'd originally envisioned considerably more stitching, but it became a case of less is more.
You did a fabulous job with them, what the heck- why not go with what you are good at. Those beaded beads are beautifully stitched AND your color composition is awesome with just the right balance.ReplyDelete
Both pieces are fantastic! I love the way you took a soup and turned it into pieces that reflect who you are. You made the soup YOUR style instead of letting it dictate. Way cool.ReplyDelete
Those are sweet & very easy to wear with any outfit. I like the beaded balls. And yep...looks like something I'd see my Grandma wear when she was going out to a political dinner.ReplyDelete
Karen, I always marvel at your beaded beads - that are spectacular! Really love your piece here! I would not think to put gold and blue together, but it is really stunning together - so rich!ReplyDelete
I was laughing about your lobotomized owl ... but he turned out great! You guys that can do free-form beading amaze me! Still not comfortable enough with straight up beading, let alone free-form!
Love those beaded beads!!ReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning, Karen! Your beaded bead necklace is really classic-looking and so elegant. I like the details, such as how you strung the additional strand of beads throughout the beads as well. Such a beautiful piece.ReplyDelete