Sunday, July 06, 2008


My entry for the Etsy BeadWeavers July challenge was truly challenging! I had no trouble at all finding what I wanted to use for the focal piece. I don't remember where I got it originally, but I've had this gorgeous brass brooch for many years and could never bear to part with it. As soon as I saw the theme, Midsummer Night's Dream, I knew I'd use it somehow.

The pin never worked properly, as it would always come undone. I can't tell how many times I was stabbed by that silly thing, even over the past couple of weeks while I tried to decide how to incorporate this into some beadweaving. I originally thought to make a cuff using fabric and beads and leaving the pin intact, but it's such a large piece that I gave up on that idea. It would have been nice, perhaps, to leave the pin on so someone could use it as a pin or a cuff, but oh well.

Eventually, I opted to create a spiral rope for the pendant. The focal piece has a lot going on, with the fairy, all the gems and jewels, the freshwater pearl (which I added), and all the swoops and movement in the brass itself. It just seemed better not to get too carried away with the necklace portion. I created the spiral rope using two colors of Czech glass beads that match the colors of the brass, but it looked like it was missing something. I sent an early photo to my friend Carol Dean (aka SandFibers), and of course she had a brilliant idea - add some opalescent beads to the spiral, near the pendant, to pull in the opalescent gems around the pendant. I wonder if Carol Dean wears a cape...

The addition of the opalescent beads (which, luckily, I had!) took me past dusk, so the original photos I posted with the listing were pretty pathetic. This is one of the new pictures of my entry, Titiana Speaks to Bottom.

The deadline for entering the challenge was yesterday, and by my count there are 31 entries!! Two of them have already sold, which is absolutely wonderful. That's even better than winning the challenge itself (which doesn't come with a trophy or award of any type, just the honor of selecting the theme for an upcoming challenge).

12 comments:

Enchanted Beads said...

Your entry is very pretty, MaryLou and I am glad you were able to finish it on time. Had the same problem this month, but I made it as well!

I just curated a Treasury West, "Here and There" and your entry is featured.

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Love your creation. I think the spiral you created to go with the focal sets it off beautifully.

Dawn N said...

Your piece is beautiful. The accent beads really add to it. Good luck in the voting.

Conlins Creations said...

What a stunning piece! Your work is beautiful and inspiring! good luck!

Melody said...

Lovely piece, ML. I liked reading about your process, thanks!

ClinkscalesArts said...

Simply outstanding.

triz said...

wonderful MaryLou! I love the centrepiece/brooch! perfect for the challenge! :-)

ixela said...

So lovely... great creation!!!

adina said...

MaryLou, your piece turned out beautifully! I'm glad you finished in time. :-)

Carol Dean said...

Since you pretty much kicked, pushed, shoved me into freeform work, MaryLou, it seems only fitting that I had a little input to your entry for this challenge ;) It's such a beautiful piece of work, my friend!

MyFairLadyVT4 said...

That necklace is gorgeous!

Waterrose said...

What a beautiful creation and I love the colors!