Monday, July 8, 2013

In the Queue

I spent Saturday night lining up these necklaces to work on. 

This petoskey stone collar has had residence in my head long enough.  Actually, this will be my second try at it.  As the state stone of Michigan, and as a symbol of wonderful memories of family vacations with time spent hunting the stones on the shores of Lake Michigan (near Sleeping Bear), I want to get the colors of the sky and the sand just right.  We'll see.  The stones in the center will drop from the bottom of the embroidery, giving the piece some movement, just like the river mouth where these stones were found.

 Then, there's this piece, which hopefully will become a funkified blue mix of spirals and texture.  I continue to be inspired by Lori Anderson's Bead Hoarders Blog Hop, coming up on July 20.  Don't know if I'll have this finished in time... we'll see.  It uses a fun glass button that I found in the Catskills (NY) a few years ago, an onyx cabochon from Quartzsite (AZ), and a spiral lampwork cabochon from the Bead and Button show (WI).  I've been wanting to play with the teal glass drops (from CA) for quite a while.  Looks like I'll have to think of an appropriate national name for this piece.

These three smaller pieces combine some favorite stone cabochons.  I'm intending to add a plethora of charms to spice them up a bit.  I see the blue cabs as the focals for a watery collar, very delicate but seaworthy.

And, it's been a while since I've played with a face cab, so I can't resist.

This face I want to play with a bit, bring out her wild side.  Maybe add a word.  Maybe fringe or peacock daggers.  We'll see what happy accidents happen when I let her say what she wants to say.  :)

I'm hopeful I can have these done by the end of July, since then I go into production mode for the holiday shows.  But I've got lots of transcribing, researching, paper writing, interview lining up, french translation studying, class teaching, house painting, and reading to do, as well.  Sigh.

1 comment:

  1. Cant wait to see your designs they look like they are going to be spectacular!