This month the Featured Artist for Cup of Bead Soup is Spirited Earth. I received an absolute cornucopia of ceramic beads and pendants from her, and in between migraines, trips, and trying to help a son deal with full-blown panic attacks due to start of school (nightmares every. single. night), I've relaxed by working with her beauties.
|One of Spirited Earth's charms-- click here to buy.|
Today I'm revealing two bracelets made with beads she sent. The first is a bracelet made with one of her bee beads and one of her ceramic accent beads. I've been talking quite a lot with Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio about wire gauges, and for this bracelet I decided to use 16 gauge wire. I normally use 20 gauge wire in linked bead bracelets because that's the largest gauge that a 4mm Swarovski bead can fit through. This bracelet, however, needed something more substantial.
I used my own lampwork beads and some bleached wood for the rest of the bracelet, then oxidized the silver and buffed it. I did put the wood in the liver of sulphur solution but I won't do that again because I had to put the bracelet out in the sun to dry completely. Lesson learned.
I wrapped the silver wire around the ceramic accent bead for an interesting but simple touch, and the choice of purple fits well with this fall's Pantone color report.
Spirited Earth (as of this writing) has several bee pendants available, including this one, which I think is fabulous.
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My next bracelet used one of Spirited Earth's nautical-themed beads, an adorable one complete with shell and sea star. Once again, I used 16 gauge wire, oxidized it, and buffed it.
I used one of her ceramic beads as an accent and pulled a bit of the heavy-gauge sterling over it as an "oh hey, look at that" accent. I had a Thai silver pendant lying around and used it, and then added some of my own lampwork spacers and one lampwork bead orphan from a previous set that matched up well with Spirited Earth's shell bead. I also have four orphan lampwork clusters that I hooked onto a large jumpring. I thought that was a nice way to break up the monotony of tan between the two lampwork beads.
So what do you think?
Things I learned -- how to use heavy-gauge wire in my creations. I've never really used 16 gauge wire in this way. I also got over my laziness for pulling out the liver of sulphur and Pro Polishing Pads to do finishing work on pieces. Usually, I'm a bright silver sort of person and oxidation isn't something I do as a norm. And, I found a great use for orphan beads. In my house, no bead goes unloved.
Stay tuned for more -- there will be more reveals this week!
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.