Saturday, March 30, 2013

Shocking Pink Swing




Shocking Pink Swing


Today is first revel in the newest installment of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop Party.  I'd like to introduce to you first off my Bead Soup Blog Hop Partner.  Jane Michael Stallings creates unique Beadwork and if you check out her blog you'll find that her work is being used by the retro Japanese band JOSY.  Jane Michael sent me an amazing group of beads, finding, clasp, cabochons, and a whole lot of other things to work with.

Everything nicely labeled

Jane Michael made these cabochons for me to use in this challenge.  The colors are just amazing AND they are also glow in the dark!
Naturally I went with a bead embroidered center piece.  I decided to glue the polymer clay cabochon down onto a piece of black Nicole's Bead Backing.  Using Right Angle Weave to cage the cabochon, I added size 11 matt white pearl seed beads for embellishment.  Then I chose a few Rivoli's that could further emphasize the colors of the Bead Soup.  From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted to use the shocking pink size 8 seed beads as they matched perfectly to the polymer clay cabochon, and the color just made me happy since I could only see weeks of snow cover from my studio window

At this point, I began to work with design.  My first attempt was to use the focal cabochon with an odd number of Rivolis for the central piece of the necklace. 
After completion, this sat on my worktable for over a week as I turned it, twisted it, held it up in the air, trying to "see" the symmetry and imagine it as a completed necklace.  For that whole week, I tried to let it just be, but then in a quick mad click...I cut it all into individual pieces.  It made me happier to see it all taken apart, but still I had to let everything simmer in my unconscious mind waiting for the right answer to submerge.

Using the center cabochon and 4 of the RAW caged Rivolis, once again, I played a game of design.  I decided to use the size 8 Shocking Pink beads to embellish each of the 5 component.  To connect them all, I used the Super Duos in a herringbone type of bead weaving to connect the 5 components.  They I did a simple stringing with the bottom 2 component with one piece of quarts for my central focal point of the necklace.  During thie time, I played with the idea of having it swinging from a larger peyote tube, but no matter how I tried to connect the two components together, the swinging focal and the peyote tube just would not work well.  So back to the drawing board
I then decided to not rock the boat too much, so I decided to just ditch the peyote tube and make a tube of RAW using the size 8 Shocking Pink beads.  With a little embellishment, I connected the swing to the tube.  Jane Michael sent me two clasp to also use for my challenge.  One was a vintage yellow toggle and the other choice was a big snap.  I liked using the yellow toggle as it tied together the yellow color of the polymer clay cabochonTwo small ropes using CRAW (cubic Right Angle Weave) completed the project with a simple loop for the toggle.
The Polymer Clay cabochon has multiple layers of embellishment worked off the original Right Angle Weave cage.
The piece of quartz gives the whole necklace a counter weight which gives it a visual symmetry.


This was a fun project to work on.  I got to hone my RAW skills and worked with some components that are new out on the market.  I just hope that Jane Michael enjoyed my challenge as much as I have the one she sent to me.  Plus, I'll be able to wear this at night which will give it another special element as it does glow in the dark.

Now that you've seen my Bead Soup challenge and how I took a jar full of components and beads to create something unique, take some time and join me on the Bead Soup Blog Parry Hop and visit the more than 500 other blogs that will be revealed in three separate time frames. 

As an additional incentive, Lori has created a special Pinterest board where we all have been encouraged to post our creations.  There is going to be a judging with prizes.  Luckily I have until 4/19 for that as I've had to take all my pictures with indoor lighting.  HOPEFULLY, the weather will cooperate and I'll be able to take better pictures of Shocking Pink Swing later on.

40 comments:

Freestyle Elements said...

Beautiful, beautiful, necklace! Love the work that you did, it is gorgeous!
Gina H

coolmoon said...

Very WILD, Dot! I was just gifted with some of those point beads this week - can't wait to work with them myself! FUN piece - but then - yours always are!

Cece Cormier said...

This is a statement necklace for sure. Bold and bright. Reminds me of the trapeze artists in the Cirq shows.

Cindy said...

Great piece! You do beautiful bead work!

Hannah Rosner said...

Fabulous, Dot! I love what you did with the cabochons. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous necklace.

kathy stemke said...

Nice work1
I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
kathy

Leah Curtis said...

Funky and unique! Your seed beading skills are wonderful.

JaneMichael said...

I love your piece and your post! Thank you, Dot! I hope to have my BSBP post up later this evening. :)

paula hisel said...

all i can say is wow--its gorgeous!!

Bobbie said...

What a great jolt of color and fun! I can imagine how you held your breath and snipped the centerpiece apart into components, but it was obviously the right way to go -- terrific results!

WindDancerStudios said...

Some wonderful things await you on the other side of that bridge :) I grew up 45 minutes east.

What fun you had with your soup! Looking forward to a natural light shot of it.

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Fantastic piece!Congrats!

Cheryl McCloud said...

Great beadwork. Love the pink!

Jasvanti Patel said...

Nice pieces

Gaia Copia said...

Very nice handiwork! I don't have the patience or attention span to do such detail so it always amazes me to see somebody pull it off like you did. Lovely!
Emily

bailaora said...

Oooh, seed beads! Fantastic beadwotk! I admire!

PiPa said...

So different and original!!!

Janeen said...

You did so much work and it looks so fun! I would love to see it glow in the dark.

Dry Gulch said...

Wow, this necklace makes a statement. You are very talented.

Audrey Bélanger said...

What funky beads... And your lovely weaving frames them perfectly !

April Grinaway said...

Funky!

vovsblog said...

Beautiful Pieces well done!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE Swing Pink. Dot you really put all this together with style. Thanks for mentioning Nicole's BeadBacking too.
Happy Easter
Nicole/Beadwright

Lorelle said...

Love the idea of glow in the dark cabochons! This is a fabulous piece

Susanm said...

Love the colour! Very unique design.

Dolores Raml said...

Beautiful necklace, looks like lots of work.

Sea of Dreams said...

Amazing colors and what a gorgeous necklace!

Dee Clark said...

I love how you walked us through the process. Pink and Black - sweet!

Becky Pancake said...

Pink and black is one of my favorite color combos. My necklace is wonderful Dot.

JaneMichael said...

I keep coming back to look! It really is a great piece. I'm excited for sun pictures as well. A black light photo would be cool too. Those pink beads react really strongly!! :P

Leanne said...

Love the hot pink!

Lilyweeds at Augusta Kent Studio said...

gorgeous! ~diana

Cornerstoregoddess said...

You beadweavers have me in awe. What a remarkable showcase for that cab. Wow!

Lea Avroch said...

love the bold, bright design you came up with!

Designed by Vera said...

Oh, how cool is it!!! I so love the cab! I am going to have to check out her site for some of those. I am sure I wont' be able to come up with something great as you, but at lease you inspired me! Great Job.

Lori Anderson said...

Glow in the dark beads? COOL! I remember when I lived in Korea, I bought a sweatshirt with a decal of a Roman coin on it. Cool, right? You have no idea HOW cool -- at night, the dang coin GLOWED. Talk about freaking out the folks!

You did an AMAZING amount of work. Thank you so much! Lovely!

Tammie Everly said...

Your work is exquisite and these are certainly exceptional & glow in the dark too?? Thanks for sharing these special pieces.

Kathy Lindemer said...

Amazing seed bead work!

Robin Reed said...

Soooo very AMAZING!!! I am really in awe of that kind of work!!! Great Job! Have a Blessed Day!

CraftyHope said...

Wow! You created a statement piece that makes a serious statement!! It's outstanding. :)