Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week 6- Year of Jewelry Project- Full Fathom Five

This week's  scheduled subject was the painting by Jackson Pollock, Full Fathom Five.
It was the first of his paintings(1947) that used the "drip method" and was kind of cool, I suppose if you like that sort of painting...
I am skeptical when it comes to avant gard paintings... and to say the least, that is what his were.

Anyway, I kind of halfway cheated... ok, so I really cheated. I am NOT showing the piece that I have been working on for the whole of the week... I am including the bracelet that I made to match the Self-Portrait necklace at the beginning of the year. Gosh! The beginning of the year... I'm already describing it that way!

So this is the bracelet, done in flat, even count peyote stitch, with 11/0 triangle seed beads. It is bordered with triangles, and the focal is the polished lava stone, held in place by both triangles, crystals, and glass beads.

I kind of like this bracelet!



Kind of hate that Blogger will not allow me to rotate it around to the normal view point. 





Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 3- Weaving and Braiding

Week 3.

I didn't actually follow the theme, but came close. If this was made out of wire or yarn, or even leather, it would have... but I chose enamel on copper.

I love this knot, and use it over and over.

The color is a bit drab, but I kind of like it being one color.

I haven't finished it off yet, the chain maille is not  quite what I wanted, and I'm not great with making it. But I wanted a bit to connect the pendant with the chain, so I'll go back and redo that part until I get it to where I like it.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Year of Jewelry Project 2017- Week 2- Water Lilies by Claude Monet




Water Lilies, Green Reflection, 1914-17 by Claude Monet
http://www.claude-monet.com/images/paintings/water-lilies-green-reflection.jpg
This week the theme for the Year of Jewelry Project is  the painting (paintings) of Claude Monet- Water Lilies.  

Since Monet painted the subject over 250 times, there was a lot of room for interpretation on this one! 

I chose one of the more green paintings. The Water Lilies, green reflection 1914-1917. This is a beautiful painting that was done when Monet's eyesight was failing, and the contrast is greater than some of his other paintings of this pond. 
Maybe that is why I like it so much!


I am still stuck on the Cellini stitch, which is a spiral pattern of the Peyote stitch. I love it since it works up fast and gives an undulating effect to the piece you are working. 

The Cellini stitch is made from 15/0 green luster; 15/0 medium blue clear; 11/0 black luster hex shape, 10/0 green apple/silver lined; 6/o green luster. 

The 'chain' part of the necklace is made from varying shapes and colors of crystal, glass and silver Mykonos beads. They include pink, purple, teal, turquoise, green, black, clear/silver, and variances of these colors with silver or black lining, and luster. 

The pendant is bought. I have had it for quite a few years, and started a necklace with it a few years ago with mainly flat peyote stitch in 15/0 green apple. I didn't like how it was turning out, so I took it apart this week, quite literally cut it apart... and started over again.  

I have always thought of the pendant as looking like a water lily... but have been reminded over and over that it is NOT a water lily.... I know this. 


This has been a wonderful project to work on. I love Monet, and I love this necklace!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Year of Jewelry Project - Week 1-- Self Portrait

Wow! can you believe that 2017 is already here?

My New Year's resolution is to make some time for things I want to do, as well as getting organized to be able to do that... One of the top "to do" list items is to organize myself to be able to post for the Year of Jewelry Project each week. Last year, I took a new job teaching at the College in the GED department... and was overwhelmed by all the courses I needed to take, learning the software for the program, learning the testing for the program, and learning the rules and regulations for the local, state and government. It has been a challenge...

I worked all year on jewelry, but never took time to take photos of my work, let alone try to post it all.  Soooo...... I'm baaaaaaaaak... Trying to organize myself to the point that I can take photos easier, to take the time I need to, to sit down and post... and not neglect the other blogs that I have... which I have done for the past year or ... let's be serious... more than a year or two.

Soo... here is my first piece of the year, the "Self Portrait" for Week One.

This monotone piece is anything but monotonous! It is like me... it has depth!

The ribbons on each side are made in Peyote stitch out of 11/0 triangle beads. I love the way they lay when they are made into a ribbon. They are always different even if you use one pattern for many, no two will be alike.

The rest of the necklace is made of glass, crystal, metal, and even a piece of polished lava.  The necklace is held together by an "S" hook.



Monday, August 1, 2016

Year of Jewelry Project - Week 27 -

This week's challenge is amethyst... not so much for me! 

I am helping out as an advisor for the month's  beading  challenge in a Facebook group Seed Beads and More.  The challenge is to make a rope of beads... There are several types of rope to choose from, my specialty is Cellini, so I am making up a few different pieces made with varying lengths of Cellini stitch ropes..

I like this one :) 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Year of Jewelry Project - Week 26 - Sapphire

This piece is made for the project week 26, which is Sapphire. While these are not real sapphires, they are the color. I love blue, and I posses a lot of sapphires, even this color in some jewelry, but most of my loose sapphires are of different colors.. I could have made a ring or something with  them, and it would have been right on target, but I don't like the stones that are not this color... But, they are getting expensive... so... I substituted the glass for the stone and I found this pendant a while back, thinking I would make some sort of nice necklace to go with it...

Here's my chance.

I started out with a Spiral Cellini stitch (seems my go to stitch this year) which is made in 15/0, 11/0, 6/0. and 8/0 seed beads in sapphire blue, rainbow gold, antique bronze and black.

I thought the midpoint of the necklace needed to be a bit different, so it morphed into a cylindrical Peyote stitch of all antique bronze color,  and then  back to the Cellini stitch.  The rest of the 'chain' is made of a modified Right Angle Weave stitch, or RAW.  I used the antique bronze and the sapphire glass beads for this, the closure is a loop and bar type, which needs to be replaced. I found that I really don't like this type of closure on a necklace. It needs to be something a bit sturdier I feel.

The pendant is a bought blue and antique bronze piece that I really like, it is shiny and solid at the same time.



Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 Year of Jewelry - Week 13-

This necklace was inspired by the focal bead that I received from Lea Avrock, it is ceramic with sandy colors of tan, gold and pink. I love the color combination, and I used crystal and glass beads to compliment the bead turned pendant. 
The base of the necklace is the Spiral Cellini stitch  again! It is comprise of 15/0, 10/0, and 6/0 seed beads, the rest is made of glass and crystal, ending in a loop and bar closure. It features a gold plated circular charm for show :)