Hello... Tuesday! Just dropping in to say hello after some silence on my blog. A quick recount of the last 2 months, April started off with a last minute trip out of town to see some family, upon my return a cold bug forced me into resting and taking it easy for a while. Many days of wet and grey haunted the month of May, thus several hours was spent indoors crafting away in my studio.
What did I make? Well... it all started with a closet cleaning mission earlier in the year, where boxes of beads collected some 20 years ago were discovered. A brief rummage revealed a creative possibility and one afternoon later the pale green fluorite with jasper, turquoise and coral necklace was born. Heavier and longer than any neckpiece I normally wear, it turned out to be a good accompaniment to many of my older shirts, including some newer ones. I admit I have worn it a few times, the shapes a mix of cubes and tubes, its soft earth tones inspired by the colors encountered on our New Mexico road trip.
The other chain started off with a purchase of white coral bugles at a newly opened bead store last year. After the completion of the first piece I was motivated to make another, one with the same merriment. Brighter hues of golden resin mingled with sea green amazonite, red and orange coral of various irregular forms accented the entire length. It even utilized some handmade ceramic rounds and hand carved bone beads, an additional personal touch to an already unique creation. More and more items were included until all the white coral bugles were used up, its total length came to 28 inches, the longest piece I ever made. I have yet to debut this necklace in public, as I do with other works, more to be shared on future making posts!