Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Crossing over

I've had beads on the brain lately, and I guess it shows...
Lampwork has its own special beauty in the bead world, as each bead is its own work of art. My friend Carolyn is a lampworker who has tons of smaller beads, so we thought it would be fun to design a piece of jewelry that could use a bunch of 'loosies'.  These are beads without partners or sets, that have a beauty all their own, but don't always find a place in beadweaving. I have a good selection of different sizes, bought mostly because I couldn't resist their beauty, but couldn't figure out what to do with them. This necklace actually uses about four different lampworkers' beads. Carolyn's appear in the strands, and I wish I could remember who created the larger beads.
    This design is named Village Lampwork Necklace, as it took a village of artists to create it. I feel very lucky to be inspired by the artists who created these beads, and reminds me once again, that inspiration makes the world go round. And it often takes a village for things to come together.
    Thanks to both the bead village, and the Zentangle village! There is nothing more fun than cross pollination!


16 comments:

  1. Does this make us tangled bead-brains? (Sorry!) Strings, Pearlz, String of Beads....it goes on.

    Love those beads and what you've made from them. You're an inspiration in yourself, you know! I use your calendar (not quite daily) and it's a great way to introduce other people to Zentangles, as well as to stretch my own mind.

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  2. My goodness, this necklace is stunning! I love the way each medium bead is held by the tiny seed beads and the focal bead is just gorgeous. Truly a work of art....

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  3. Wow!! Those are so epically beautiful! I am covetous!

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  4. Love the earthy palette. Those beautiful colors are just perfect for Spring!

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  5. Well, darned if you didn't do it again.....truly spectacular. M

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  6. I'm a lampworker myself and am dazzeled by what you and Carole have done. I'm also getting started in zentangle so this design is right up my Avenue. Thank you both!

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  7. An award for you! See my blog post:
    http://enthusiasticartist.blogspot.ca/2012/04/i-got-award.html
    Love these beads too. At some point could you explain "lampwork"?

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. It's an honor to be on your list! Lampwork is handmade glass beads. They are made by melting glass onto a metal rod. It's an artform that I haven't tried. I leave that for those who love the fire! All the larger beads other than the very small seed beads and cubes, are lampwork beads, made one at a time.

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  8. hmmm, I dont suppose it's for sale.....?

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    1. If this weren't the only one, it would be:) Once I make the second one, it probably will be!

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  9. Both the beadwork and the zentangle are beautiful. Isn't it wonderful when two favorite things meet?

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  10. Double the creativity, doubled up pleasure!

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  11. Cool collections. I like it. Wish I could print pictures here and bought some items for souvenir and by using EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper I could have the best angle. Just try it now. Thank you.

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