My first thought was Disney villains - a ring for Maleficent or Cruella Deville perhaps? I could see a fiery crimson red jewel for Malificent, while Ms. Deville's would have to be in her iconic monochrome black and white. Or maybe a witch's ring? What would I do for that? Instead, I opted to make myself a pumpkin patch ring. Jack Skellington might be the Pumpkin King, but I could wear a Pumpkin Ring! A magic pumpkin ring, wouldn't that be fun? I'm sure I need a magic pumpkin ring.
|Ring #1 with a Carnelian focal
It also let me demonstrate the stages of work when adding the focal bead from the very beginning.
Perusing Fusion Bead's selections before class, I came across these fantastic orange and blackish-brown enameled beads. I don't think they were originally designed as pumpkins, but aren't they perfect?
I thought the apple-green & coppery-orange flowers might work as pumpkin blossoms and or a pumpkin cap. While I was at it, I picked up a couple of different strands of daggers and spiky fringe beads, too.
Time for embellishments!
Working almost entirely with size 11s, I stitched my background. I couldn't resist adding a few small accent beads - 3mm glass pearls, 4mm crystals and another pressed glass flower. If I'd wanted a very simple ring, I probably could have stopped here. Or maybe right before I added the pressed glass flower. If I wasn't going for a Pumpkin ring.....
A lot of the fun with freeform peyote rings is allowing yourself to go over the top. With that in mind, it was time to embellish.
|I love how it looks perched on the graphite sphere
|here it is on my hand - hard to photograph one handed
|another view on my manikin's finger
|you can see the little flower from this angle
Now I have two pumpkin rings. As for whether its magic, I'll have to wait and see about that. :)