Monday, September 6, 2010

My Monday night's labor.

This is going to be a very fancy pantsy necklace that I will never, ever wear. I hope someone out there wants it! It is brown agate, with hand stitched beaded bezels on the two flat stones, and an experimental chain that is inspired by Cynthia Rutledge's lattice weave that may or may not work. The beads are a great example of stash use - the top left were brought back from Mexico 3 years ago by my sister-in-law (there is a funny story about my brother trying to say beads in Spanish, which I believe translated to the horrified shop keeper as "small balls"), the middle top were from a sale at Caravan Beads 4 years ago,the next around the clock bead show, silvery ones at the bottom from a wholesale shop close to our NYC office (I cannot remember which one, there are way too many). The flat stones came 1) from the bead show and 2) from a mix package I got from Fire Mountain Gems. And why do I remember every single bead gift or purchase made over the past 5 years? Insanity. Plain and simple.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Atlantis charm

The picture is kind of scruffy, but I swear the necklace isn't! The pendant is a hand beaded bezel around a vintage pressed glass button I found at the Bead Show in Milwaukee in June. I am slowly making my way through the stash from that 2-day bead fest, having pledged to myself I will work with at least 25% of what I bought before I get to next year's Show to blow the bank once again.

The rope is a plain kumihimo braid with some very pretty silky yarn from Close Knit in Evanston.
Tom thinks it either looks like a birthday cake or something from Atlantis. Can't lose either way.