texas zombie girl and all her shinies
texas zombie girl and all her shinies

Sunday, March 22, 2009

it's alive!!!!

Last year, when I went back to El Paso for my birthday, Naomi made a luscious spiral seedbead necklace for her mom.  It was just to die for.  After I got back, she talked me through how to make one myself, minus the bead accent she was able to put in it.  So I started making this spiral seed bead rope.  And making it.  Longer.  and longer.  and longer.  Put some green in it, and kept going.  Finally one day I looked at it and went, "hmm, what in the world am I going to do with this?"  It was too big to just make it into a bracelet the way it was, but too small to make it a necklace, so I played with it.  In the end, I doubled over one side and thought it looked pretty cool.  I grabbed my Fireline and started beading the sides of it together, and here you see the final outcome.  

*~*DISCLAIMER*~* If you are a professional beader, remember *I am not* lol.  Also, I did this design completely on a whim, no books or patterns.  If some one out there has done this same exact thing then kudos to you.  Just don't accuse me of stealing, k?

View from the top:

Views from the inside sitting first on one side then the other to show the curve of the beads:

Beauty shot:

On me wrist :):

The two balls on the ends are made from large pearls that I netted seed beads onto.  I first hooked the two sides together using the green seed beads, then went back over them in the same style as the fringe bracelets I have shown you before.  I think it is done.  It hasn't spoken as loudly as my rosary necklace still is, so I do believe this freakenstein is finito.

Can I be honest when I say, quite frankly, I am proud of this piece.  It really is pretty from up close.  Once again, as always and forever, thanks to Naomi for taking the time to show me how to do the rope in the first place.  You rock :)!

So, opinion time.  What do you think?  


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

a finished piece?

I am basically finished with my rosary necklace. Why basically? Well, I just don't think it is done *talking* to me yet. It's missing something, I just don't know what yet. I do want to get some of the crosses that Naomi used on the necklace she made, maybe adding a few to this one. I need to find out where she got them first lol.

Here is the pic of the "finished" necklace. I apologize for the washed out colors:

I used four different beads: silver grey and brown Swarovski crystals, Czech purple/clear rondells and lantern beads and silver grey round beads. I did all the wire work with 24 gauge craft wire. I'd rather used silver, but have you seen prices lately?? Holy moly!

This is the double sided pendant that Naomi made. One side is the heart of Jesus and the other is Jesus. She does such stunning work and makes the soldering look so easy. This is the reason I sent her a few pendants I made for her to do the solder work on. Maybe I will see them again some day...maybe...~wink wink~

If any one out there who happens to read this has an idea of how to make this necklace "shut up" as it were haha, let me know, k?
Last but not least is a bracelet I threw together for fun. Turquoise (naturally), stamped silver, and a piece of Carnelian and green Garnet.

So, there you go. Thanks for taking a gander at my wares :).