My resolution for 2011 was to get back into beading jewelry. I'm going to Bead and Button in June immersing myself into 6 days of beading and metalworking bliss. I'm also taking classes next month at 1 Stop with Janice Berkibile doing more metalworking. I'm still doing dolls, but I decided to put most of that on the back burner this year except AFIC. I'm going to take a sculpting class with Susie at Artistic Figures in Cloth.
Previously I showed a picture of Napali Mist deconstructed. Well, I'm still in the process of taking that and making one to two necklaces from it. But this is something I made last year, but didn't have time to post it. I called it Napali Maiden. I'd bought this carved bead many years ago when I first started to bead. I think I got it down in Cincinnati at one of the booths. I loved it and never could figure out how to use it in a design. When we got back from Kauai in September, I keep revisiting this color palette from some of the pictures Chris took, so one day I just sat down with the beads I'd purchased at the Puget Bead Sound Festival in July. I loved using the piece of stone I bought and those colors just made it zing, but something was missing. I searched through all my boxes and draws until SHE just jumped out at me. I sat her next to the necklace I was constructing and there it was. So here in Napoli Maiden:
I'm thinking of entering this piece with something else in the Ohio Designer Craftsman's Best of 2011. I noticed that there were some jewelry last year, but nothing with as much complexity of bead weaving. So, I'm going to take my chances and enter this. Oh and YES! I need much better pictures for this. Chris is doing better so hopefully next week the Sun will cooperate & we can get some pictures to send with the entry form.
Later this week...one necklace from Napali Mist...it is almost done. I just have to tweak it a little as I finally got it to lay right.