Monday, February 28, 2011

I had a productive bead week!

Hi, everyone!  Hope you had a nice weekend.  I know I sure did.  I was busy busy busy with beady things, which makes me a happy lil girl.  I've got two things to show you today, and I love them both.  My March BJP project is 2nd, so stay tuned for that, k? 

The first one is, well, definitely green. lol  I like green, but this is really green.  I still think it's pretty though.  I think the bracelet turned out awesome, and I can't wait to do it in other colors.  Next up will be a deep luscious purple with gold bracelet and I'd like to do a necklace/choker to match.  I DID IT!!!  I finally got up the nerve to try RAW.  I had a few false starts, but I think I managed pretty well in the end.  I see people do RAW jewelry that is really embellished and fancied up and I just love them.  Hopefully one day I can do that, too.  For today it's just a simple embellishment.

Like I said, I can't wait to try this one in other colors.  I really love how it turned out.

Next up is my March BJP Project.  I have actually been working on this for about 2 months.  For the month of March I decided to learn the Cellini Spiral.  I chose the blues because that color really represents me.  When I first started I didn't buy anything special.  I dove into my stash and chose beads that have spoken to me in the past, and I decided to put a bunch of them together.  It's a "Lisa Whirlpool".  hahaha  Over the past two months of working on and then staring at my 7" of labor intensive Cellini Spiral, I had different things cross  my mind on how I was going to finish it.  First I was going to do the whole necklace in the spiral, but then I thought that would be overkill.  Then I thought about using a cab from my very good friend Beth over at Bellesanbeaus as a focal for the center.  I had intended to do that all the way up until this evening as a matter of fact.  I even did a trade with her to get the cab for it. 

When I realized that an entire Cellini necklace would be too much, I looked high and low for just the right beads to finish it off with.  Sure, crystals would be pretty and Swarovski pearls would have been divine.  You know what though?  I'm really happy with the mixture of Druks I got to mimic the colors in the spiral in different sizes to represent the ups and downs of it.  I guess that's really the way things are going right now...up and down...but in the end those ebbs and flows really make up a beautiful life.  So it made me stop and reflect on mine.  Working with beads is such wonderful therapy for me!!!

I decided, too, that if I put the spiral right in front it wouldn't be as interesting as if it were a little off kilter. After all, I am a little off kilter. :) And I thought that the clasp is far too beautiful to hide in the back of someone's neck.  Don't you think?  So I put it all a little skewed to the side, and it was then when I saw it that I knew it was done.  This necklace was complete and needed nothing else to speak its statement.  Here is my work for the Bead Journal Project for March:

As you can see, I also made a little bracelet using the Druks in the same pattern as the necklace.  I'm thrilled with the work I did for this month, and I can't wait to start on next month.  Don't know what I will do yet, but the idea will come.  Probably at 3:00 a.m. and wake me out of a dead sleep. lol

I will be posting both of these in one or the other of my shops in the next day or so.  Indigo's Beads on Etsy and Shophandmade.

Oh my gosh!!!  I almost forgot!!!!  I made a sale through my Shop Handmade store over the weekend!!!  How awesome is that???  I don't know if she wants me to publish her name or not, so I will just say a great big "Thank you!"  because she knows who she is.

Here's the pic of the one I sold:

I hope you love it when it comes in the mail!

And, I've still got that fantabulous cab coming from Beth, so watch for it to make its appearance soon!


Anonymous said...

Oh my, incredibly talented work! I don't make jewelry, but I'm in awe of those who do. Beautiful!

Jan said...

It has arrived and I do love it! Great combination of natural elements, Lisa! Thank you so much! Nice packaging too.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Congrats on the sale! The Cellini necklace is gorgeous! You sure had a busy weekend!

Lisa Fuller said...

Beautiful work, Lisa. I love how you said beadwork is such great therapy. It's such a calming creative source and I love how it's always there when I have a few moments to steal.

Congratulations on your sale, too. That's such a fun wooden multi-strand bracelet. :)


Robin said...

Gorgeous, Lisa!! I love the skewed placement of your beautiful spiral and the drucks and the clasp showing!!! Good decisions and lovely results. Also love the green bracelet. Congrats on getting raw!

Robbie said...

LOVE the spiral!!! Beautiful!!

:-) MaryLou said...

I love your spiral!!! I've done a couple of the Cellini spirals, and they are quite the challenge. The blues in your necklace are just gorgeous, and I think the druks were just the right finishing touch. :-)

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Could you please tell me where you learned your technics? I would love to have a go at the spiral but not sure where to start. Would you email me privately? Analisa

Lynn said...

Lisa!!!!!!!!! These are absolutely gorgeous!!! Makes me want to drop what I'm doing and go learn something new. You are an inspiration!

Isn't it cool what thoughts go through your head while beading? I love how you recognize the symbolism of the piece as you work through it. BIG HUG my friend!