To say I've struggled with this month's project would be an understatement -- yet, that's the idea! The Cup of Bead Soup and Bead Soup Blog Party projects were born to foster creativity, to force working outside normal comfort levels with beads and components one wouldn't normally use. You can flip back through my blog to see what I accomplished with other artists' beads to get an idea.
This time, though, I REALLY jumped beyond my creative boundaries, right into the No Man's Land of beading.
Would you believe me if I told you, when you first saw the beads above, that I was going to use a river rock with some of them?
I wouldn't have believed myself, either.
You see, I was getting ready to make a charm bracelet with some tiny river rock charms, and while I was rooting through my stash, I came across this piece I bought at BeadFest. I bought it thinking, "oh yeah, I could dangle something from there" and then forgot I had it. A light bulb went off, though, and I grabbed a vintage brass bead, some twisted brass wire, a few brass filigree bead caps, some chain, and there you go.... "River Rock Magic".
The piece uses three of the lampwork beads I was sent, and the colors work well with the river rock, don't you think? One thing is for certain -- it's a unique piece that is not my normal style, and not something you'll see around anyone else's neck.
The last piece is a stunner, but you'll have to wait for November 30th for that one!
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