Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bead Exploration Collaboration






Well, the Bead Exploration Collaboration has concluded! You may recall from my earlier post, Melanie Lukacs, Heather Powers and I have been working on creating pieces from the sets of beautiful beads that Melanie and Heather created. Each of us had identical sets of beads from which to work. The only rule was that we create each piece of jewelry using at least one bead from each artist. Oh, also, we were to create our pieces completely independently from one another. Today is the first day I whttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifill see Heather's and Melanie's work and vice versa. Melanie's beautiful work can be seen here and Heather's equally stunning work can bee viewed here.

Well, give me beautiful fairy beads and beads in lovely shades of green, and I immediately think of - yup! - "A Midsummer Night's Dream". My own pieces were once again inspired by the theme of wood nymphs. The starting point for designing all of the pieces was the center strand in the necklace. I loved that combination of beads, but as the Husband pointed out, it was a bit on the long side when strung together. I didn't want to shorten it, so I thought about how to balance the rest of the piece around that strand. I decided that I wanted the necklace to have a sort of totem-esque feel to it, so I planned out a series of graduated strands around the central one. From a technical standpoint, I thought that it would help to add beads with slightly different textures and colors to bridge Melanie's and Heather's beads. I tried different combinations and found that Diane Hawkey's beautiful faceted ceramic beads worked quite well. I added more of Melanie's beads - some deep brown pumpkin accent beads - from my stash. I also used a strand of golden bamboo coral, as well as some deep tourmaline Swarovski crystals and a couple raku ceramic beads (I'm afraid I don't know the name of the artist who made those). Finally, I found an odd Czech glass leaf bead to use as an accent.

I'm quite happy with the way the necklace turned out. To my eye, it has a sort of tribal feel to it. (I really didn't realize until I finished it that the basic shape is similar to my "Something Wicked" necklace - for one thing, I seem to be on a coral kick right now.) Although I rarely wear coordinated sets, myself, I thought in this case that matching earrings and a bracelet would be fun. (The Husband took one look at the bracelet and said "...Erm, you do realize that this is off-center, right?" I kind of like it that way!) As you can see, I used a good number of beads from both artists. The one thing I regret is not using some of Heather's lovely bicones, but I could not figure out a way to incorporate them into the piece in a way that was attractive and original (for beautiful examples of how to use these bicones, please visit Heather's gallery).

I'd like to thank Melanie, Heather, Cindy Gimbrone, and the rest of the artists involved in the Bead Exploration Collaboration for giving me the opportunity to participate in this fun and creative project!

Oh, and by the way, I emailed Michele Goldstein about the broken focal, and she is going to re-make it for me. Hopefully, the new necklace will not have any of the issues the original did...

12 comments:

Jean said...

very cool, fun and hip! I love your work! Jean!

vickie said...

How truly creative! Very nice.

Melissa said...

Thank you so much!

Jean - yes, I keep thinking that this piece would look very hip on a young, tall, slender person (or, you know, younger, taller and thinner than me!!).

Fancy Pants said...

This came out so nicely. I love how all the coordinating pieces work so well together. I can't wait to see the other ladies work.

the vicious chicken said...

Wow, more great jewellery, Melissa - and I love how all three of you produced work that was so individual and different from the other two, despite starting from the same beads.

Also, As Time Goes By : what a trip down memory lane. I used to watch it with my Gran! (Sorry, I promised no more gran stuff, didn't I?) Hollyoaks is very different. It's a soap opera that's primarily geared towards a teenage audience, but I watch it sometimes because I work with teenagers and it's good to be able to relate to things on their level. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
VCx

Working Mom Knits said...

WONDERFUL!

Great job : )

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Wow, I love what you have done here! I love the collar effect, it is very dramatic!

Thanks for playing with us...

Melissa said...

Thanks for all of your nice comments!

Melanie, thanks - it was a lot of fun!!

VC, Hollyoaks sounds as if it would be completely beyond me...I feel so old...

Monkee Maker said...

Beautiful pieces, as always, and I love your new blog title.

Don't feel too left out of the loop on the TV front - As Time Goes By was on here last night ..... not that I watched any of it, natch! Well, not much anyway :)

Melissa said...

"As Time Goes By" is the only English show my husband will sit down and watch with me (apart from Monty Python). Actually, I did make him watch a monkee (as in Monkee Maker and not "Hey, Hey We're the Monkees - if you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry about it) video - his only comment was that he found it interesting that even the English made Benny Hill references occasionally. Take it as you will.

LampworkDiva said...

The spikes in the second picture set off the art beads in the center perfectly - they draw your eye down to the beads - lovely!

Melissa said...

Thank you, Cindy! I've had a lot of fun with your Bead Exploration Collaboration - I can't wait to see the next one!!