Monday, June 02, 2014
I was given the "Life" bead to work with. It was designed by Gilina Voon and was made by Robert Simmons. It features a bright, happy butterfly. It was a challenge for me, because it's so different from what I normally work with. I had to think about it and percolate on it for awhile. (I also had a few different versions going, before I finally committed to this one.)
When I thought about the construction of the piece, I knew that I wanted it to be a shorter necklace. Shorter, because I wanted it to be comfortable to wear, have the bead not flip, and have the bead clearly be the main focus.
To form the base of the necklace, I took eight different colors of Soft Flex flexible beading wire and created a knot-braid with kumihimo. I selected the colors from the rainbow of colors of the bead. I wanted the kumihimo braid to symbolize how we are all connected and our lives weave in and out of one another's. I then loosely braided it with two strands of flexible beading wire spaced out with Swarovski crystals crimped in place. This symbolizes the ups and downs of life. From there, I added dangles. I used glass pearls, recycled African glass, and vintage flower headpins for the dangles. It gives the piece a little bit of playful movement. To close it up, I selected a butterfly clasp from Nina Designs.
It was an honor to participate in this project. They'll be displayed in Milwaukee during the Bead&Button Show, so it'll be nice to see it again in a few short days. I wanted something that was fun and a little showy, and I think I accomplished that.