Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bead table Wednesday

I 've had a long absence from bead table Wednesday, but I love to look every week.  I'm still working my way through the Bead Soup Blog Party.  I am almost two thirds of the way many interesting components and solutions to be seen.  I know it will take me a while longer as I'm doing about 10 a day - pairs, that is!

Here's what's going on my table,  a whole lot of photography!  I've given up on the natural light setup except in desperate circumstances and have decided to do a  little permanent photography 'cave' with these tiles.  I can use light colored backdrops in the 'cave' when I get sick of the dark, but for now, it's working and it's quick and easy...I can also use a custom light reading on the camera that reads the contrast fairly well and is, of course, not as fickle as sunlight (or lack thereof).

There  in my cave are the recently finished sets and singles to be listed on Etsy, Zibbet etc.  This has been a fairly productive week and I am pleased to get stuff moving along.  I love to look at the colours all together and notice that this week, red and pink with blue featured prominently.  Some stuff has been sitting around while I thought about it, some for quite a while.

Some flat connectors which have been popular....

More pod sets, I'm still loving the exploration of surface...
Will soon vary the forms a little...

Some sculptural 3 dimensional pods - not every one's cup of tea, but fun to look at!

And rough, but also moving along, is my prototype toggle, very rough and it hasn't been colored yet, but I'm going to finish and use it myself to see how it functions - the first shot is together, obviously ,and the second shows the independent bits.

Have some more ideas along this line - I guess I'll see what happens!
Off the the bead table  Wednesday group on Flickr to see what's happening.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The most incredible party....Bead Soup Blog Party , that is!

 Welcome!  Get ready to be sucked inside, there are more than 300 hundred blogs to check out - is that not truly amazing?  Actually, the amazing part is the feat of organisation and patience performed by our lovely hostess Lori Anderson of Pretty Things blog. Thanks Lori!   There are links to every blog here - once you get past my contribution.

My partner this time was Cherrie Fick of  En la lumiĆ©re in California.  My soup arrived very promptly and I stared and pondered for a good long while.  These were lovely beads indeed, but very far away from what I`ve been working with lately - the whole point of this exercise, so worthwhile, indeed.  In fact, I should say, I`ve mostly been making supplies for other artists this past while, so making a necklace seemed really challenging!  Here's my soup....

I started with the idea of making a hollow branching sculptural tube, designed specifically for that challenging area where the focal joins onto the necklace. This is an idea I've been working on for while and I have a few of them lying around in my studio while I decide what I think of them.  So, I figured I'd better use one myself to see if they worked.  They provide a rigid separator where the focal joins in and hide joining 'clutter'.  That is, of course, if you are like me and not confident with connections.  This worked well with the simple ceramic focal - it allowed some breathing space for the simplicity of that quiet focal, particularly as I realized that the rest of the necklace would have lots going on.

After this hurdle, I decided that the tiny beads needed a setting, a kind of rigid organic bezel which would allow them to be displayed at a different orientation to normal stringing.  Naturally, the bezel is out of polymer, naturally! ( what else, my metal skills are fairly pathetic!)  The idea with this was to unify, display and  provide a rigid element in the necklace that would never drape or sag.  It will always have this curve on your neck, while the other side drapes.  Just an idea I'm pursuing with polymer necklaces...interesting, but requires more work and trial - isn't that just the great thing about this hop?  I try it to see if it works and find that it has potential.

The other larger beads got strung between knots on the other side of the necklace.  I used paper yarn from PaperPhine on etsy (one of my current favourite supply shops on etsy).  I used her fine yarn and twined it for strength.  Then I individually coloured the knots with alcohol pens for fun.  I made a polymer frame for the beautiful carnelian stone as it really deserved to stand out.

Here is a look at the lovely quiet clasp from missficklemedia.  Just perfect for this, I think.

Yes, that was really  mean and sneaky.  I made you look at all the details before I showed you the WHOLE, so if you've come this far, you can see these disparate parts put together.  It's quite a mess o'details... and I'm still looking at it with those eyes that ask desperately "What have I done, does it work?"  I'll have to live with it and wear it for a while to find out, as the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Pleeease be sure to check out Cherrie's blog to see what she made with the soup I sent her!

Can't wait to see what the hop has to offer, many beautiful pieces and much inspiration...

These are the partner pairs.

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

For a total of 362 people making jewelry!