Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime is hosting a fantastic hop today:
This challenge was a great way to motivate myself to use some of my fused glass cabochons that I absolutely love to make in my kiln but always make more of than I could ever use in a million years.
The first pendant I made using a fun patterned pink cab with fuchsia and purple beads, finishing up with a leather backing and some decorative beading:
The second pendant was made using a dichroic "quilted" fused cab (a cab that I made fusing chips of a whole lot of different dichroic colors & patterns together):
I plan to make a cool beaded Kumihimo rope to hang this one on.
The third pendant is also from a fused glass cab that I did some bead embroidery around along with a (very) little dimensional beadwork:
The last one is a new technique I tried for this challenge - freeform peyote:
This technique is ALL about dimension, and is also all about 'winging it', so to speak. I had a general plan for the colors, but the shape builds on itself in a crazy kind of way as you bead around larger beads and create bridges here and there:
The bracelet closes with a little brass button:
This cab always looked a bit like an eye to me, so I created a kind of eyelid to curve over one side and add some movement and interest to the design:
All in all, freeform peyote is a cool new way to make beaded jewelry, but it takes a REALLY long time to finish a piece. In fact, my original plan had been to have this be about another inch wide, but it felt finished, so I stopped. :)
Please take some time to check out these other amazing artists and their creations - you will be floored looking at all the beautiful pieces of jewelry!
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