Well, I know that holidays are meant to relax you; but I've been a little too laid back and have been neglecting my blog and loyal followers. So, here's me getting back on track. I haven't been shirking and have if anything been overloaded with creative thoughts.
The world wide web is a wondrous thing, yet daunting and if I could offer one piece of advice is this: 'Be inspired by all those talented artists out there, but uniqueness lies within'. What I have discovered is you have to believe in yourself. Put away the green-eyed monster and just do what comes naturally. Yes, be inspired but RELAX because there are many forms of talent and you really do just have to 'create' for yourself - unless your in to mass marketing - I guess then it would be different? As you know, I like 'unique' pieces and always aim for that individual touch.
So ... I'm back! Hope you enjoy my Autumn Collection.
This time of year sees an abundance of beautiful colour with leaves falling from trees and the huge variety of tones of colours, quite a cosy season.
This bracelet is made with square glass beads, black crackle beads with silver plated findings and wire.
It would be possible to use 'eye' pins for this but I used a reel of wire, making up wrapped loops then adding lengths of wire and threading on seed beads before adding the square bead. I was then able to free form shapes of wire using pliers. Lastly, ending with a wrapped loop.
I then made links of black crackle beads linking them to the orange beads. The colours are quite rich and complement each other well.
Always add an extender chain to your jewellery, its looks nice and it can also adjust the size of your bracelet/necklace to suit your wearer.
In our garden we are very priviliged to be visited by grey squirrels, which I think are so cute, NOT tree rodents (which a certain somebody not a million miles away from me, refers to them as). The squirrels are forever pinching the nuts I put out for the birds and acorns off the trees. In fact, let's face it - anything roundish they can get hold of!! They then bury them throughout the garden. I find all sorts mixed in with the potted plants.
The beads used for this bracelet reminded me of all those hidden wonders, that I come across on a daily basis.
Now this autumn gem is totally different to what I set out to do ... hey ho ... I'm not disappointed.
The pendant is an oval bead which I've 'beaded' over with tiny orange seed beads. Would you believe this took me nearly an hour! It was at this point that a 'design change' came into play.
The cube beads are 'goldstone' gemstones. A man-made stone first created by alchemists trying to make gold. Its really more of a glass stone. Very popular throughout the world. The properties are said to be: to renew strength, induce happy thoughts, help keep your feet on the ground and has been known to encourage faith. Warming thoughts, don't you think.
The other beads are glass seed beads and various coloured acrylic beads. I just love the colours which blend in seamlessly with the leaves. Talk about leaves! I must have bagged up at least 3 bags this last week - yet if you were to look at my garden its covered with more of the darn things!
I threaded these on to a Memory Wire and added a clasp, for extra support. Mind you, its quite a lightweight necklace but I like to have the security of a clasp and the good old chain extender.
Still to come, in Part Two 'Autumn Nest' and 'Glitter Cage'
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