Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Beading For A Cure project

I had to change direction this year on my Beading For A Cure project. I was originally going to embellish a felted vessel that I had commissioned from Etsy artist, jetsamdesigns. It was very similar to this vessel , but she created a special one just for me in two shades of Olivine to match this years BFAC kit.

I was really excited about this idea and anxious for the vessel to arrive. It came very quickly and that very night I sat down with my beads and began to embellish it. But....I wasn't happy with my work at all. So I torn it all out. Then I started again with more of a direction in mind. I put over 40 hours of work into it....and....hated it! So I ripped it all out again. =o/

I can take a hint, (well, sometimes...usually it requires being smacked over the head with a heavy object) and so I abandoned my vessel idea and made a necklace instead! Ha!

I have a little bit of beadwork on the vessel and I might just include it along with the necklace...although because of the shape of this necklace, it won't fit in the vessel. Maybe I'll keep the vessel as a reminder of how quickly 40+ hours of beadwork can be ripped out. Yikes!

Anywho here is my necklace for this years Beading For A Cure auctions.

It started with this kit of beads provided by my girlfriend, Betcey, from Beyond Beadery:

And ended up this:

You can enlarge the images by clicking on them.

I had a great time! These colors are out of my norm, and some of the shapes of beads are ones that I don't normally work with, so I struggled with incorporating them into my necklace design. But I did manage to get one of each bead in there, as per the rules . My added bead was a size 15 in a Shimmering Lime matched the crystals really well. I was allowed to add Rivoli's as they fall into the focal category. The Rivoli's are Verde, Brandy, Chili Pepper & Volcano, all after-market coatings.

Monday, June 2, 2008

I need a name!

I had the pleasure of taking a workshop this past weekend from Gordon Uyehara (You-We-Hara). I really admire his talent and how he is able to create such lovely works of art in Metal Clay.
This workshop was to create the Cosmic Honu or Sea Turtle as well as a decorative spoon which is an extension of the shape of the Honu shell.
Here are three images (you can tell Shawn isn't home as my photography skills are lacking) of my interpretation of the Cosmic Honu.

I got some great color with LOS, but it won't last long. I'll wear it this way for the few weeks it lasts, and then I'll most likely darken to black and polish to make it look like antiqued silver. I'll take another image then.

Here's the little face. I think it might be a he as I keep trying to type the word him. The camera was focused on his flipper so his face is a bit blurred, but I think this is good enough for an informal cyber introduction, don't you? ;o)

So, now that you've met him (there I go again) can you help me name him?

I'm hoping to have a bit of time after this coming weekend to finish the spoon and give it to Shawn for Father's Day.