April 25, 2009

Steamed Punk


Feelin' kinda Punk-ish lately! I've been enjoying playing with some new ceramic beads from my friend Melanie over at Earthenwood Studio. Check out Melanie's online store, she has many new steampunk goodies listed for sale like these.



The glaze on this gear bead that she sent me, is really so very cool. It has a very METAL appearance. I went to the local bead shop yesterday looking for some ideas to use with this, and found these awesome Hemitite wheels, and some gunmetal bead cages, and gun metal toggle clasp. I knew they'd work perfectly with the pendant.
My next challenge was making the bead into a pendant, since the hole was through the center of the bead. A little clever wire work, and thinking it over a looong time, I came up with this! Fold a piece of wire in half, string 1 hemitite round. Polk both ends through the hole from front to back. Bend the wire up at 10 and 2 o'clock. Form wrapped loops, and string the pendant onto the beading wire! perfect!



Today is going to gorgeous! I'm spending a few hours this afternoon at Afternoon Tea at the Rosemont Inn with some friends. Looking forward to some serious tea drinking, and mini-sandwich eating but am mostly looking forward to Rita's scones. They are to DIE FOR!!

Check back on Monday morning, I'm doing a blog giveaway- Prize is donated by the ever-talented JADE SCOTT!

11 comments:

  1. Lorelei, I like how those hemetite beads look kind of like the industrial tubing you put electrical wire through. Perfect for the pendant. Have fun a tea.

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  2. Thanks LeAnn! I like how snakey they feel. I wasn't going to put the small seed beads in between each hemitite bead but then decided to at the last minute. do you think I should have kept them out?

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  3. I think the seed beads are perfect. It's what gives it that industrial feel but still keeps it light. Conduit, that's the word my sleepy brain was looking for!

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  4. I like it just the way it is, very cool!

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  5. I love what you did with this. I too, think the seed beads between the hematite look great. It gives the hematite some definition and still keeps the gear/stempunk feeling. Very cool and creative!

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  6. Lorelei meets steampunk. Love it.

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  7. Hope you had fun at tea...something I'd love to do!!! Your new necklace is great...a different look for you. Goes to show how versatile you can be!

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  8. Wow that's such a good idea for a bead!

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  9. Very nice piece of engineering with the donut bead! Yes, that little hole would be a head scratcher and a donut bail would only obscure the bead design. Haven't considered hematite with spring green (love it!)-another option for that humongous strand of apple green howlite in my box. The seed beads between the wheels keep the piece from being too heavy. Good call.

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  10. That is soooo cool! It looks "charged" with energy!

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