Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bead Journal Project 2011 - February Freeform

It's February. Actually, it's technically LATE February. And although I finished my February free form cuff for the Bead Journal Project 2011 a few weeks ago, I'm only now getting around to writing the post about it.

I have to say that if my birthday didn't fall in this month, I might have had to lie about my age or have my birth certificate altered so I could have amethyst as my birthstone. Next to black and white, purple is my favorite color. It was no surprise to me at all, when I went to my bead storage to choose the beads for February's cuff, that I had a multitude of purple beads from which to choose.

Freeform cuffs are such fun to create - not knowing how they're going to turn out when they're finished is part of the excitement. Watching them grow, inch by inch by inch, is an adventure in itself; and the process of creating them involves adding a bunch of beads and then holding the piece out at arm's length to see which beads want to be added next. Because the beads always tell you... :-)

This February cuff (which is available in my Etsy shop) has beads of all sorts in it: mother of pearl (which I used as a focal and also as the closure), glass beads, amethyst beads, Czech glass seed beads, tiny glass flowers (which are added at one edge, along with some coin beads, to make a funky little bit of fringe near the focal), Japanese delicas, drops, and all sorts of other goodies.

I mentioned before that this was created for the Bead Journal Project 2011. If you want to see more of the BJP projects, be sure to visit the blog.

March is coming up next, so stay tuned for a freeform cuff in aquamarine! :-)


Abracadebra Designs said...

Wow, That is lovely and very inspirational. Now, if I could just work up the courage to try freeform!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

That's wonderful! Would love to learn how to do that.

Marty S said...

Gorgeous! You put the colors together so beautifully. I, too, would like to know how to do this.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Robin said...

I love the shoulder colors, the ones that can go either warm or cool, and of them, purple is my favorite. You've done a fabulous job with this one... it's rich and luscious. I bet when you wear it, you feel like a queen! I bet it will sell quickly on Etsy.

Congrats on staying on schedule too! It can be a challenge, that's for sure...

Robin A.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work, as always, and in my favorite colors! Going to look at your Etsy shop now. Wonderful piece!

Lisa Fuller said...

I am in deep love with your color palette! This is a wonderful freeform piece. To me, freeform is a wonderful sampler of sorts that allows beaders to try new techniques and integrate different stitches that might not otherwise be used together. You've created a lovely piece here!