I sold the "For the Love of Owls" bracelet I made last session right off the blog, so I decided to make a "similar but different" bracelet. This time I had an owl but no hearts, so I used melon Swarovski pearls, vintage cream-colored flowers, and lampwork beads I made myself. This one is simply called "Green Owl".
Next, I used the smaller pendant from the Whisper Collection, along with the matching accent beads. I chose to make an asymmetric design, and pulled out some very cool chain I've been hoarding. I liked how the leaves mimicked the pendant's designs, and the linear spacing between the leaves didn't overwhelm the small pendant. I also pulled out a copper washer, hammered it and patinated it, and then made my own hook-and-eye clasp. I don't work a lot with manipulating metal, so this was a relatively new thing for me.
I call this piece "Whispering Leaves".
My next piece is a bracelet using a link from the Whisper Collection. Once again, I tried for an asymmetric look, but not TOO far out because I wanted to keep the focus on the "Love" connector. All of the lampwork glass beads are my own and I also used clusters of Czech glass, bleached wood, one of the Whisper beads from Floridity, and an Anahaw seed.
I made the clasp myself by taking a copper washer for the ring, hammering and patinating it, and bending a heavy-gauge piece of wire for the bar. This style is not my norm, nor is making my own toggle something I usually do.
I call this piece "On the Wings of Love".
Lastly, my largest piece. I used a large Whisper Collection pendant and a bunch of my own lampwork glass beads. Bleached wood just seems to ask to be in all these creations, so I didn't fight it.
What makes this piece unique is I framed the pendant in a copper ring that I found at Michaels, of all places. It was an impulse buy I made ages and ages ago for no good reason other than it was interesting. It was a perfect fit. The beads and slices of wood are on the large side, so to keep the weight of the necklace down, I added a double strand of copper chain to each side of the necklace. I made a hook-and-eye clasp out of patinated copper and away we go!
I call this piece "Nature Lover".
So there you have it! My month of Cup of Bead Soup with Floridity! I only have two pieces left over -- a large pendant that I have big plans for but need to spend some time waiting for just the right accent beads to make themselves known to me...
...and a purple bird that I'm saving to make a river rock necklace for myself.
A huge thank you to Barbara Bechtel for being my first ever Featured Artist of the Month for Cup of Bead Soup, and I hope you'll all visit her at the following sites:
Jewelry and Beads: www.floridity.etsy.com
Vintage and Paper Goods: www.kitofparts.etsy.com