Got my copy of BEADWORK Magazine in the mail today and was thumbing through to find I have a project in this issue! Pretty much basically forgot. What a pleasant surprise and an honor to be featured there. We LOVE Beadwork & Stringing Magazines (2 of my favs!).
My project features my Leaf Spoke Bead Frames and my Magnetic Leaf Clasp. It is a multi strand necklace in neutral tones so it can be worn with many other colors. Mainly made from fresh water pearls, bead frames, topaz and seed beads. Simple, simple, simple! They also give a way to make matching earrings but you have to look inside the magazine to find that freebie. I mustn't give away everything or Marlene might horse-whip me!
INDIAN SUMMER NECKLACE
BY: Me! (c) 2008 Jill MacKay
The bead frames are blackened silver, not a high polish so they remain more neutral and blend in with the color of the pearls. I strung the little pearls inside the bead frames (instead of beads). Shall I call them pearl frames for the moment? I simply picked out the more rounder of the pearls when stringing to fill the frames.
Most of my work has a very random quality to it, mimicking nature in this way. Yet somehow it still manages to loosely fit together and balance out as a whole.
Did you know that the eye is more interested and will spend more time looking at something uneven and random than it will spend looking at something very orderly and symmetrical? Apparently the brain becomes bored and thinks it knows what it is looking at more quickly and does not focus as hard or as long when looking upon a nice, even, neat symmetrical objects. Rock on Random! Makes writing those instructions easier too!
Hope you'll get a chance to pick up a copy if your not a subscriber and turn to page 58 (the year I was born!!) and try making this necklace. I would be so honored to see it out there walking around on someone knowing they had actually made it!
While at Bead & Button this year was my first experience seeing someone walk by with jewelry on that incorporated my findings in the design! I nearly accosted the poor woman I was so excited to see. It was such a good feeling. I will never take that feeling for granted I don't care how many more years I design and manufacture. That is one of the greatest feelings, seeing your work become a part of someone else's creation and then just happen to be passing by and notice it. Very cool. Blessed am I.
Bless you too.