Sunday, May 31, 2009

Work in Progress on Lisa Peters' Cabochon

The subtitle for this post should be "beadwoven carcasses." Because that's what I've created. Two of them. Two dead little bits of beadweaving that will be deconstructed.

I don't often deconstruct, but I just wasn't happy with what I was getting; and when you're working with something as gorgeous as this cabochon sent to me by Lisa Peters, you just can't accept something less than perfect! I'm a perfectionist anyway (just ask any of my former coworkers), but I usually have a better idea of how I'm going to do something before I start.

I have to admit that I was a bit stymied by the shape of this cab. Why, you ask? What could be easier than a hexagon? Ha. That's what I thought. It's a geometric shape, after all, and I'm a big fan of geometry. Adding the beadweaving around it? That proved to be a whole different animal.

Not to be outdone by a simple piece of geometrically-shaped clay, however, I kept at it. And here's where I am now. Happy with the direction, and busily beadweaving away because this has to go to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee on Thursday night! At least I know what I'm doing with the rest of it (that part hasn't changed).

I'm so excited about being able to attend the show, and I'm even more excited and thankful to Lisa for sending me two of her cabochons so I could make something for her to display in her booth (#1213, in case you're attending). My work will be there beside the incredible pieces created by Carol Dean Sharpe (who you may know as SandFibers). Although I'm racing against time now to get this piece finished, I have to say I was happy to see that Carol Dean finished hers so I could make sure not to create something similar. We have pretty similar styles and tastes (we're cosmic sisters, don't you know), but we're also unique. Trust me on that. Unique. (And for those grammarians out there, you'll be happy to see that I didn't say "very unique." hehe.)

You can visit Carol Dean's blog to read more about her pieces, but I just have to show them off here:

Okay, back to beadweaving! I still have a lot to do before Thursday night. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief that I figured out a way to conquer the hexagon and create something I like. :-)


Melody Marie Murray said...

It's wonderful! I want to see the ones that didn't work out too.

:-) MaryLou said...

Noooooooooo!!! They're ugly little blobs.


Carol Dean said...

It's lover-ly, MaryLou :D I understand (and shared!!!) your struggles with that wonderful hex cab all too well. It's much easier said and thought than it is done. I resorted to a bead embroidered base instead of my traditional open back peyote bezel or the crazy hexagonal back I did for another piece of Lisa's. I can't wait to see how you finish this one!!

(Thanks so much for showing my two necklaces here. That was very kind and sweet of you. ;o)

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are stunning. The one with the triangles is particularly beautiful! I love the colors in it.

lisa peters ART said...

Oh no, I am driving u two crazy with hexagons.. I am sorry! ;)
Looks beautiful Mary Lou! I cant wait to meet it on Thursday night!
this is so exciting!

Deb DiSalvo said...

OMG - LOVE it!

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storybeader said...

those are just stunning. I love the rope and bail that you made, and the colors are perfect. I don't know how you work so quickly! Very impressed!