Perpetual daydreamer, aspiring mixed-media artist, some time bead designer, haphazard art journaller, knitter of jazzy socks, slave to one demanding Siamese cat - take a peek into a little of my creative (and not so creative) life.
Okay, so as requested, here are some of my beaded jewellery pieces. As you can see, I have a particular love of using semi-precious stone cabochons, agates, crystals and pearls in my work.
This necklace has a piece of nephrite jade for the centrepiece, with a spiral ladder strap and a few "dangles". I added rows of beads across the front of the stone for both decoration and added security.
Turquoise is one of my favourite colours so I really loved the way this piece turned out. I surrounded an agate slice with rows of peyote stitched beadwork, added lots of branched fringing (to give the effect of seaweed) and a soapstone dolphin across the front of the agate piece. The strap is a double spiral ladder, with a mermaid shaped fastener, and the agate pendant can be slid off the necklace giving you two alternative looks.
The next two pieces of jewellery were created around one of my absolute favourite stones, Ocean Jasper, which is mostly if not solely found in the waters off the coast of Madagascar. It has a wonderful dreamy quality to it.
The first of the pics shows an ocean jasper cabochon enclosed in beads with chunky peyote spiral straps. I used matte metallic bronze, olive and cream beads in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as some bronze potato pearls, to create this piece. It's very comfortable to wear.
The second piece is called "Sea Breeze" and I created this piece a few years ago for one of the themed display boards that accompany The Beadworkers Guild stand at various craft and bead fairs around the country. I chose a gorgeous slightly irregular-shaped piece of ocean jasper for the centrepiece - it has an almost hypnotic quality about it and it made me think of lapping ocean waves against a shell-strewn shoreline, very peaceful, it's quite a meditative piece and one of my personal favourites. I've used mother-of-pearl chips and a couple of jade beads as well as seed beads in a range of sizes, creating an assymetrical look by the use of a variety of spirals.
The last necklace I'm posting a pic of tonight is this purple-maroon agate stone. I made the strap for this first, using a string of glass pearl beads, which were completely netted over with Delica beads, when I was away on a "beady" weekend at Alston Hall, Longridge. When I returned home I had a root through my stash and came across this agate which perfectly matched the colours I'd used to make the netted strap, so of course it had to form the centre of the pendant. I added a fringe of dagger drops and embellished the top of the pendant with lots of glass flowers.
Well, I hope you liked this glimpse of "eye candy" and I'll post more another time.
My name is Heather and I share a home by the seaside with my very lively and demanding siamese cat, Mia. I enjoy the creative life and have experimented with different crafts over the years. One of my biggest passions has been beadwork for which I received a City and Guilds qualification and also had a book (Beading) published. I've since discovered a love for other forms of art, mostly involving getting messy with paints and inks - artist trading cards, altered books, mixed media, collage and most recently, art journalling. Here on my blog I'd like to share with you some of my artwork and hope you enjoy looking.