A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Friday, July 30, 2010

Something a Little Different. With an Owl!

I'm getting in to my stash now of pewter totem beads from Happy Mango. I used this little owl totem for this bracelet. Standard gauge Greek leather fit nicely through the holes of the lampwork (chevron pattern beads in goldenrod and carnelian red by Being Beads, and commercial "mocha swirl" lampwork beads) I wanted to use, and the turquoise glass spacers slid right on there.  (I was thinking of naming it "Harbinger of Death", or maybe "Mortality", in honor of traditional Native American owl symbolism but I thought it might be a turn-off).
 


I left a little space between some of the knots to add more dangling beads--carnelian pebbles, picture jasper, turquoise and trade beads hang from hand-forged sterling silver ball headpins. Pewter crimp ends with hand-forged hook clasp. I took apart some of my antique-silver-plated steel 5mm rolo chain from Lima Beads and used the links as spacers (they're already out of stock again! glad I loaded up!). I managed to restrain myself with this one--instead of getting overexcited and making a 10" cankle bracelet it is only 7 and 3/4" long. Perfect for a 6 and 1/4"-1/2" wrist, but it can be lengthened by about 1/4" with a bigger clasp. It helps when you only have a handful of beads!


I recently discovered that there is such a thing as 1mm Greek leather, so I can string Kelley Wenzel's baby raku beads on leather too! (I'm hoarding some of her beads, and she's going to make me more of her baby black raku, melon/mustard raku, and some of the red/silver/black!! I can't wait!!) I have therefore ordered this leather in red, marigold, dark blue, black, brown, and oatmeal (it also comes in dark green but I didn't get any of that). However, before ordering this leather I had already filled up my cart at Fire Mountain with 1mm waxed cotton cord (been wanting to try it) in red, turquoise, lime, lemon green, navy blue, dark green, chocolate, and black. Phew! I want to use them ALL at the same time. In fact, I'm going to make a maypole in the front yard.

9 comments:

  1. I've just found you, courtesy of Mango Beads and I just want to say THANK YOU for showing some of your work. I've been plumb out of "unique" ideas for awhile and your work refreshes my mind!!

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  2. Oh so it was you who got the melon/mustard Raku beads from Kelley, snatched them right out from under me. She's making me some too!!! Can't wait to see what you make out of these awesomely colorful beads!! Kristi

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  3. I love the bracelet! Isn't it fun when you find a new product and buy it up it all the colors?

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  4. Oh this one is stunning! And that owl is so cool. I actually have a scary dark side that most people don't know about so "harbinger of death" is a title that utterly fascinates me, but like you I probably wouldn't think others would buy it and end up naming it something that I "think" sounds safe. What about just "harbinger" and let the other part be implied?

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  5. Oooh...I LOVE this! How come I can never get leather to fit through any of my lampwork beads? Mine must all have uber-small holes or something. Perhaps I should start paying attention to details like that when I shop LOL! Can't wait to see what you do with all your new cord and leather!

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  6. Lovely piece! Over here, the owl represents wisdom. Hope you show us pictures of the maypole! LOL

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  7. That is nothing short of stunning. I love it!

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  8. Very creative and stunning pieces of jewelry.

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