Monday, October 19, 2009

What's in a Name

Hello, it's me with yet another simple stringing project for you this week. As with last week's piece, my goal here was to create a non-traditional looking seasonal necklace.

My favorite bead here is the ceramic checkered bead by Joan Miller. For some reason, I always associate black and white checks with masquerades and elaborate costumes, so I thought it would be fun to use this in a seasonal piece, despite the lack of any really overt autumn or Halloween motif. I combined them with my second favorites beads in the piece - the black lucite roses, which are certainly nicely gothic and seasonal. I had a bit of difficulty photographing these beads clearly. They're marginally easier to see in this shot:

The beads at the back of the piece are lava (am I the only one who has trouble finding the stringing holes in lava beads? these took me about three times as long to string as they should have). The amber chunks seemed like a good idea at the time, but now that I look soberly at the photos, I'm not so sure. Hmmm.

Can you believe that Halloween is almost here? Tune in next week for the final Terrorific Tuesday.

ps. If you find the title of this post cryptic - it's simply a reference to the fact that I couldn't come up with a name for this piece. It's the No Name Necklace.


Emi said...

I love lava beads, they have such a great organic look (and yes the holes are hard to find, you're not alone there!)
As for the amber, I have to admit I wasn't sure about it when I first saw the picture but after looking at it for a bit, I actually quite like it. Adds a bit of unexpected colour and more interesting variety in shape. I suppose it really depends on how it hangs.
I really like what you've done with the front section either way!

TesoriTrovati said...

Given the fact that the checked bead reminds you of masquerades... I would call this "Fall Frolic"... those amber chips were very pile-o-leaf like to me... I actually liked them with the lovely tree focal. Very fun! Enjoy the day! Erin

Margot Potter said...

Ms. Lee

Another striking design! I also struggle with finding the holes in lava beads, but I do love the way they look! The thing about your work is, it's not simple at all, because you have a way of mixing the ingredients together that's uniquely yours and uniquely beautiful.


Candace Jedrowicz said...

A stunningly beautiful composition! It looks magical!

Anonymous said...

beautiful. i love you work so much.

That Crazy Ajumma said...

I don't think I have ever seen Lava beads.Infact I don't believe I ever heard of them either.
You necklace is really beautiful,I love the tree pendant.

EileenHull said...

Same - never heard of lava beads but they are cool. Nice job stringing- what we do for our art!

Mel C said...

I've never really known what to do with lava - that is really cool.

BrendaPinnick said...

Very, very nice!

ClickNCamera said...

A unique necklace that is simply gorgeous! After reading your post, I would name this necklace, "Lost in the Masquerade" which is the name of an old Leon Russell song. I quess that shows my age...Oh, well!