May 8, 2008
Collaboration Exploration: THE REVEAL!
I was so completely flabbergasted when Heather Powers of Humblebeads asked me to participate in the Collaboration Exploration! *batting eyelashes, "Little ol' me?"
Here's how it works: 3 people: two bead makers and a designer (*that's me!) each get handmade art beads from each bead artist. Independently, we design jewelry using at least one art bead from each artist in each piece. We can use as many beads as we want, but don't necessarily have to use ALL of them.
I was part of a 3 person team, including Heather Powers, and Mary Harding. Heather handcrafts polymer clay beads and Mary Harding works in Ceramics.
Here is my first piece. I wire-wrapped Heather's disc beads and Mary's ceramic rounds with brass artist wire. At the left focal, I used Mary's ceramic square tab that has an amazing sheen to it, and on the right, a beaded bead made by my friend Libby Simpson. Three strands make up the front of the necklace, brass chain in 2 sizes and copper freshwater pearls with swarovski crystals.
Recently Heather posted a fun and easy bracelet design, that worked well with this bracelet. Heather's polymer focal with wood beads in a fun shape, along with 2 more of Mary's ceramic rounds, make for a versatile piece of jewelry. (Heather sent me some of these great pewter flower hook and eye clasps in the mail from Texas *Hobby Lobby RULES!)
In this second necklace, I used a copper color artist wire, which paired well with the copper tones of Heather's bicone bead, coin bead, and disc bead, the beautiful clover pendant from Mary, and the copper silk cord. I also used some ceramic rounds from Gaea Cannaday! (cream and rust rounds) I attached the cord to Vintaj Brass Co. filigree tubes. The Vintaj brass toggle adds some interest to the front the necklace. Gemstone Rondelles: I think these might be jade but I can't remember!! :)
Necklace number 3 features a Mary Harding glazed bead that was a real challenge for me. I could only picture this bead used in this way with dangles below it. I hung it on a very long brass cable chain. Below the bead, I hung a Green Girl Studios flying bird bead with more chain dangling below. Attached is a disc bead from Heather, olive and copper fresh water pearls, and a vintage skeleton key.
Beautiful floral pendant from Mary Harding works well with silk cord in brown, cream and pink. I offset the floral clasp at the side, along with Heather's oval bead. I also used some silverplated chain from Michaels . This is a more simple design but this pendant can speak volumes for itself!
This was such a fun project and I hope I get to do it again someday in the future! Thank you Heather and Mary for allowing me to participate in this fun and challenging collaboration! You can view Heather's creations with the same beads here! And make sure to check out what Mary Harding came up with, here!
Published by Lorelei Eurto