Welcome to the 2016 edition of “Buried Treasure” challnege sponsored by Art Jewelry Elements blog.
AKA “Use your stash”
Its been great year so far for me – filled with friends, adventure, and best of all – studio time! I am working hard to balance time in the mediums that I love and allow time for new pursuits. After a week in Mexico working in metals, they are now demanding equal studio time. The snow days make me want to sit and do nothing but bead embroider, patially because I am sore from shoveling…
Here is what I have to offer for this challenge – with pieces from my stash by Jen Cameron/Glass Addictions, Lesley Watt/Thea Elements and Sue Kennedy/Sue Beads:
Oceanic pendant – ceramic cab by Lesley. (Resin cab by me)
The glaze Lesley selected for this detailed spiral ammonite? Perfection! It accentuates the detail in her ceramic piece and breaks across the texture so well… I wanted to base all the colors of her cab and really showcase it. I like the resin cab… it has made me want to experiement with other resin cabs and collaging paper behind… creating layers in the piece.
I confess – I have done a piee similar to this before. I have a veritable hoard of Susan’s cabs. I am addicted. This apple green with turquoise makes my eyes happy. (Sounds silly – but you KNOW what I mean)
These two came together easily, a pleasure to work with… then there is the piece that challenges you at every turn. Well, here is mine:
Again – an ammonite cab by Sue. It has sat in a small glass dish nestled into those same gems and pearls for over a year. They were extras from another piece waiting to be put away. Then I liked the palette. Then it sat there to be pretty. Then it sat there to be on deck, and I finally decided what to do… After the aforementioned week in metals I decided to bezel set it.
Yes it has issues. ( Bezel wire was too heavy a gauge. Bezel may be a bit less than 100% soldered…) But its for me and it represents moving back into metal after years. I’m happy with it! And yes – those ar the same gems that were in that bowl originally!
Please join me in looking at my team-mates work – and our guests this month. And maybe dig into your treasure trove of beads and USE them! What are you waiting for?
Terri – Terrri’s Blooming ideas
Shai – Shai’s Ramblings
Melissa – Bead Recipes
Tammy – Paisley Lizard
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Kathy – Bay Moon Designs
Karin – Ginko et Colquelicot
Lola – Bead Lola Bead
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem