A friend challenged me to produce something related to the theme, “Inner Spirit.”
I immediately laid out six or seven cabochon ideas.
Why not? Freeform beadweaving indulges your inner spirit. I planned to play.
Part of my craft involves letting an idea percolate. Three months later…
What you see is the finished expression of indulgence number one.
Bronze Bling encapsulates my love of black, bronze and metallic browns.
The centerpiece, a triangular polished onyx cabochon commands attention.
Above it, a vintage brass plate, formerly an earring, serves as a host for the spot of color, a brass-wrapped piece of coral.
Various black, brass brown and bronze seed beads weave in and out of the center trio and provide the background for the drop. A few bits of dulled silver add depth and contrast.
Short dangles finish the look with whimsy, conveying movement. In a surprise coordinating color element, pieces of coral peek out from amidst the other beads in the dangles.
The backing of black ultrasuede features my signature finishing touches: two charms – a cherub archer, a butterfly – and my Mary Ellen Beads logo.
I married the beadweaving to a 34” bronze chain that perfectly complements its rectanglular appearance.
Finished, the necklace hangs 38 inches and looks great with this season’s leggings and tunics.
Is this a throwback to flapper days? Maybe.
From start to finish, I seldom know for sure how a project will turn out. I only know that indulging my inner spirit requires letting go of expectations and just flowing with it.
That’s the “soul” of beading.
With that in mind, these are three of my “inner spirit” designs-in-progress.
Can you envision their final presentation?