Monday, December 18, 2006

How Jewels got her groove back...

Well, if Stella can do it, why can't I?

I hadn't been able to find my muse in the last little while. I just kept jumping from project to project, not really finishing any of them, too many ideas, not enough time... It was a custom order that got me back in gear I think. Having to come up with something stunning from a pile of beads can be a challenge, but sometimes, all you need is that perfect focal bead to start with.

Take this necklace for example. I purchased those tanzanite blue daggers a few months ago. Absolutely fell in love with their color. But they just sat there in a box, because I didn't think I had any other beads I could use with them. Well, I have plenty of beads, to be quite honest, but I wanted something that would accentuate them, liven them up.

Last week, I met with my friend Teri to purchase a flameworked heart so I could finish the previously mentionned custom ordered piece. I asked her to bring a few extra beads that I could maybe purchase from her, not really having anything specific in mind. When Teri laid out all of her beads on the mat, one piece caught my eye. I thought "how perfect, this bead would match those daggers I got...." Funny thing is, Teri almost didn't bring is, telling me "I wasn't sure, since you're not really a 'purple' girl..."

I'll admit, I do go through phases where I'll favor one color above all else, but I can't really categorize myself as a particular 'color' girl. I like ALL colors, I really do. I guess sometimes, it just boils down to whatever stash of beads I have at hand... In any case, I love all the colors of the rainbow, and I'm sure that one day, I'll attempt to design something that represents a rainbow...


Finding the perfect Focal
A sort of squared off 'mellon' bead, with silver foil, and some dychro mixed in.


Yummy little Tanzanite daggers. I can't help but love color. Colors to me are like smells, they really enhance my moods.


Fini!

I had some size 8/0s in a cute 'pastellish' mixture, which I believed would really bring the piece together, to which I added two more different purple beads, and then I finished it with a silver infinity clasp and a solid silver ring. I'm going to have a difficult time parting with this piece... Sometimes, I so wish I could just keep them all....

K. What's next? Who knows, but Jewels' has got her groove back, so you can bet your Sweet Bippy it won't take long...

Jewels

20 comments:

Dino aka Katy said...

oh how gorgous I love deep blue and purple. I need to remember to leave your side open so Grumpy can see it and maybe get me something for valentines day (kinda to late for x-mas)

Jodie said...

That is an awesome piece!! You're the one that got me started on the crochet again after a LONG break from it!!

Ace said...

That's awesome! I'm a blue/purple kind of person, me. I dig it.

(Glad to be a bit of help, too!)

Ace said...

Zoinks! Sorry for the repeat. Blogger's killing me on comments these days. Ask Jin.

Jewels said...

Wow Ace: FOUR times?!? I noticed that at Jinnie's too. Poor guy... ;)

And here I thought you were just being really, really, really, really enthousiastic! LMAO!!!!!!


Oh, and Jodie? Er, sorry? ;) Kidding. I know how it goes. I'll put my hook down for a while, but somehow, I always seem to come back to it. It's addictive, isn't it?

The Lone Beader said...

I know what you mean about favoring one color. I do it too. Sometimes you just have to dare to be different...:)

Jewels said...

Bitch about that Beta blogger, eh Diana? ;) I keep having to go back through my comments and deleting the 'extras', LOL!!!!

Thank you. As I mentionned, it's going to be quite difficult for me to part with it. I fall in love with it more and more.... Until I make my next project that is. ;)

The Phosgene Kid said...

Wow, is that nice! You are definitely in the groove!! I like the "iridescent" coloring on the big bead.

Jewels said...

Oh, I know! Isn't it lovely? I can't stop staring at that bead. Especially when I hold it under my Ott light (full spectrum bulb).

I need more daggers... PRONTO!

Not Ashley said...

Very groove-y

The Phosgene Kid said...

What are you working on now??

Jewels said...

...something special for "Not Ashley's" mommy's birthday, LOL! But Shhhh! it's a surprise!

Not Ashley said...

lol!

LJ said...

This is an absolute beauty, Jewels!
Just stunning. And I think we all hit those "dead zones" - Eventually, the beads we bought and couldn't figure out a project for are exactly what we need. It's just a matter of finding a warehouse-worth of storage space while we're thinking about it!

TanyaMcGuire said...

This is a beautiful piece. Such texture as well as color.

Jewels said...

Oh Zut! Not Ashley read my message: LoL! ;)

Hi LJ! I know, I can't tell you how many beads are in my stash that inspired me upon purchase, but have just been sitting in my little cabinets for, ahem, years... At least these daggers only sat around for, oh, 3 months.;O LoL!

Hello Tanya, and welcome. Thank you for the compliment. Wow, it looks like I'm in need of updating my blog with new linkies, 'cause you and Jodie are making some rather delicious looking beads there. Kudos!
Hope to see you again!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Happy Christmas Jewels!! Hope you get a stocking full of beads!!

LJ said...

Merry Christmas, Jewels!!!!

LJ said...

Merry Christmas, Jewels!!!!

Jewels said...

Thank you PK, and you too LJ. How nice of you to think of me.

Happy holidays to you as well. Merry Yuletide, Christmukah, and all the other ones I might have missed. ;)

Love you ALL!