I think I may have enough bracelets for this summers classes...next week I plan on designing some earrings....for now, I have to make a necklace for the last face, so I can wear her to an artists' dinner I'm going to tomorrow night.
Faces, Faces, Faces
I seem to be "into" faces this spring....I should mention that the last face was one of diane briegleb's faces and todays face is done by a newport artist....both are fired ceramic faces.
This tiny bit of beading took me all afternoon yesterday....it was done with size 13 charlottes and freshwater pearls....she's the second in my mermaid series....haven't figured out yet if they're going to be wall pieces or to wear....
The face is coming along....just need the finding on the back, the ultrasuede backing and the edging and she's done for the moment....I usually hold off on stringing the necklace for a while later...it's not my favorite part of the piece, so I have to sort of work my way up to it....
I wanted to take some pics while it's still in it's pristine stage...the first studio pic is of my work area in the studio....I was mobile beading yesterday (took a few boxes with me to the visual arts center where I gallery-sit on saturdays). The second is part bead storage and part computer stuff, the third one is more bead storage and the fourth is more...and those are all the walls I have...;)
When I first started beading 15 years ago, all my beads fit into a small 15 drawer organizer...like these...I replaced them with the red and yellow organizers.
Guardian Spirit and Cases
I finished the little lavender and salmon guardian spirit yesterday ...she has a lot of abalone and pearl on her and is appliqued in both size 13 charlottes and size 11 true cuts along with a little bit of lavender opal-colored vintage seed beads I picked up years ago....
I thought I'd also put up a pic of my scissors and scoop cases that I beaded a couple of years ago....they've both got black pearl buttons, vintage silver nailheads and some fantastic tiny vintage 3-cuts in the most amazing blue/black iris color....
One down and several more to go....this right angle weave (RAW) bracelet is 3-D RAW...not one layer but three (true cuts in size 11) beads deep....it's hard to tell but the abalone teardrops are in a trough that is just the bottom layer of beads and the sides are woven up to 3 layers....I call this piece, Cry Me A River, because of the abalone teardrops in the river-like trough...
I'm looking at all my unfinished objects (pieces) today and thinking I need to sit right down and get them done! But the sun is shining (not always true for oregon in the spring) and I also want to go out and take some photos with my new digital camera....so many great things to do....so little time....but, I''m not complaining!