I made this beadwork necklace specifically for the art exhibit at the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree. I’ve been entering various pieces of my art, like my watercolors, mixed media, and photographs, in this exhibit for years. This year I decided to enter my beadwork. I was blessed with an honorable mention in the 3-D category. I had hoped to do a bit better…I’m just saying. I’m counting my blessings.
I was also blessed in another way…I sold it! That made it all worthwhile.
A little bit about the jamboree…our area of northeastern Ohio is known for grapes and wine. Each year Geneva, Ohio has a celebration called the Geneva Grape Jamboree. There are vendors, food, entertainment, and the art exhibit.
Here’s how I constructed the necklace…I began by peyote bezeling my purple magnesite cabochon and adding a peyote bail, which I used two different size beads, 11′s and 8′s, to add a little whimsy. Next, I peyote bezeled several different purple beads with 11′s and 8′s to represent grapes. I even covered a couple of beads totally with size 11′s. I used antiqued brass chain and filigree. I gave the filigree a touch of patina colored paste to add a little color. The rest was all strung on 2 lengths of jewelry wire on both sides: Swarovski AB (aurora borealis) crystal 2 hole connectors, alternated Swarovski AB crystal bicones 6mm and purple crystal rondelles, another Swarovski 2 hole connectors and finally I separated the 2 jewelry wires to add the “grapes” on the two separate wires. I made my different “grape” beads all symmetric. I then pulled the 2 wires together again to add a few more Swarovski crystals and finally attach to the filigrees using crimps. Now, all that’s left is to attach the beaded strand to the chains.
additional “Grape” Beads
Won 1st Place at LSA Exhibit 2013
I know that I haven’t posted in a bit…so I thought I would start back with showing you my beadwork necklace “Fire & Earth” which won 1st place in 3-D category in the Lake Shore Artists 2013 Exhibit. It is currently in a consignment, but I really hope to get it back next month at the end of the consignment. I then plan to list it in my shop. The main colors are green and gold. I did a peyote beadwork bezel on a greenish magnesite stone. I added several different tassles. Then I made a tubular peyote and right angle weave necklace. The closure I made from brass.
Lovely Toho seed beads…a mainstay for the serious beadweaver.
Check out Tanni’s Jewelry Supply on Etsy for great prices and quality supplies. I am a jewelry designer and do beadwork, so I know my products. The seed beads that I offer are quality Toho and Miyuki brands for all of you beadweavers and bead embroidery artisans. I plan to be adding more items to Tanni’s as time goes on. Presently, I offer the brand name seed beads, Swarovski Crystal, sterling silver charms, other charms and lots of fun beads, some vintage.
As you know, I’m a jewelry designer (among several other arts) and this past year I’ve been learning beadworking. It is amazing how relaxing it can be. I love doing all of the stitches and watching how each piece turns out. It is time consuming, but worth all that you put into it.
For those who want to start beadworking, I suggest getting a subscription to the magazines “Beadwork” and “Bead and Button.” These publications are a font of beadworking knowledge. You can learn the stitches and create the projects.
The bracelet shown is my bracelet that I made for the Lake Shore Artists group annual May Exhibit. It won second place to my surprise.
Since I’m learning beadworking, I will add it to my list of creative things to do. I will post my projects as I go along.
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These are my newest creation, listed on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/89765821/earrings-red-creamy-faceted-ab-fire .
They are made on a sterling silver headpin and are wire wrapped on handmade sterling silver spiraled earwires. I especially liked the new fire-polished crystal beads that I ordered and used. I’ve never tried them before and I have to say that they are lovely colored and faceted nicely….sparkling lovely colors when you hold them to any light. For an added finish, I added sterling silver bali-style daisy spacers and a couple of tiny seed beads.
To see these and other artisan crafted jewelry, visit my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BohemianIce
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