Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work in Progress: Teardrop Collar

This week I’m juggling a couple of small projects while I wait for my next big inspiration. I started a new fish leather medallion a few days ago, and I’m very excited about how it’s coming along. I had been holding on to a handful of bugle shaped African Christmas beads for ages, wondering just how I was going to use them. I kept coming back to embroidery, but I couldn’t think of a decent pattern to work with. Then it occurred to me that with fish leather, I could use some negative space and avoid needing a pattern altogether. In came some Czech glass face coins, and all of a sudden I had a great idea for an asymmetrical sun design.

Teardrop Collar and Sun Medallion in Progress

While I was waiting for the E-6000 to dry on the medallion, I needed a quick new project. Part of my New Year’s resolutions for beading is to consolidate and even out my jewelry shops, and I need some new chevron collars for balance, so I started there. A quick scan of my drops and fringe beads ended with a really simple palette of pale blue, beige, and black.

What are you making this week?

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