Friday, October 05, 2007

The Etsy BeadWeavers October Challenge, as posed by Helena (aka maneklady) is 'A Study in Monochrome.' I was actually amazed at how much of my work is monochromatic. I like the play of light when different shaped beads are blended together just about as much as I like playing with all different colors and patterns!

I had just finished making this caterpillar bracelet from some dusty lavendar colored beads, and I decided I'd see what I could do with a necklace and the caterpillar type fringe. When it was finished, I decided the necklace would be my entry (well, one of them) into the challenge.

So out came those dusty lavendar beads again, and MANY hours later I wound up with this!


I can't believe how many beads are in there. I'm really happy that I had a large enough supply of this particular color and size to be able to finish this, as I don't remember where I bought them and wouldn't be able to find more.

The necklace has a tubular peyote base, and as I knew I was going to add all those little fringes to the center and make a 'pod' shaped focal point, I opted to enlarge the tube in the middle. When I was finished I couldn't believe the texture and feel of this. It's nothing like the caterpillar bracelet, which is almost slinky. This thing has some heft to it!

2 comments:

Dawn Chastain said...

MaryLou, Both of these piece are Beautiful!! Great work.dawn

Rachel said...

Wow! The necklace and bracelet are both awesome! I love the beads too. What a nice color. Good luck in the contest!