Saturday, February 23, 2013

Adventures in Freeform - The Reveal!

Karen Williams and Mandi Ainsworth threw out a challenge - create a freeform peyote piece and share it for all the world to see.

Some of the folks participating in the challenge are using this as a way to jump into the freeform world.  I've done a fair bit of freeform, so while it wasn't new for me, it was a great kick in the creative butt and a wonderful motivation to pick up the needle and play.

I decided to base my piece around a focal I'd had for years -- a beautiful borosilicate glass freeform pendant.  It has ruffles and colors and openings and bumps and lots of fun stuff.


Now, in the midst of this challenge, I spent a week out of town while my mom had some surgery (she's recovered beautifully and is doing great).  There was not as much downtime to bead during that week as I had imagined there might be.  Ah well.  Then earlier this week, I had my own little outpatient surgery.  All is well, but beading on the gurney was not happening.

So, this piece is perhaps not as elaborate as it might be, but it's fun - I hope you like it!


And some closeups of the focal that started it all, complete with all of its delicious nooks and crannies for attaching bead strands...



Thanks so much for visiting - be sure to visit the other folks participating in the challenge for great doses of beautiful eye candy.  And thanks to Mandi and Karen for their fearless leadership!

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32 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

WOW Bobbie! just wow!! you always amaze me with your beadweaving, and your freeform is what I aspire to!! This is such an interesting piece - that focal is so cool and absolutely perfect for freeform!!

Glad to hear your mom is doing well post surgery, and you too!

Pam Chesbro said...

I love the way you incorporated your focal. Why didn't I think of that? Beautiful piece.

Shirley Moore said...

Bobbie! What a stunning focal! You totally complimented it with your necklace. I think a more elaborate necklace would have diminished the beauty of that glass heart.
So glad that you and your mom are doing well after surgery. Have a wonderful weekend!

Christine Altmiller said...

Bobbie~this is beautiful! The focal is The Perfect piece for a freeform necklace. You really gave it a lot of support while letting it be the star. Hope you are on the mend. Healing thoughts to you :-)

Inner Muse Jewelry Design said...

Bobbie, your necklace is beautiful! The focal is the perfect venue for Freeform Peyote beading. I love all the coordinating colors you chose. And I'm happy to read that both your and your mom's surgeries went well and you are both on the mend :D

NEDbeads said...

Oh I LOVE it, Bobbie!!! What a gorgeous focal, and you've set it off terrifically! I hope you are ok, I didn't realize that you had surgery yourself... I hope you're healing well and quickly. :) (((hugs)))

Mandi said...

Wow, what a gorgeous piece! I love how your freeform mimics the playfulness of the focal :) Excellent work.

Skylar Bre'z said...

Perfect way to feature that abstract glass!

Tanya said...

Bobbie, that is truly a stunning piece. I love the focal and the way you created the freeform to mirror the ripples in the focal is amazing.

CHRIS LINACRE said...

Bobbie that's such an intriguing piece of glass and your freeform peyote compliments it perfectly- just calling by on the blog hop :)

Jean Hutter said...

Love your necklace and the freeform fits in so well wit the focal great use of color.

Saturday Sequins said...

Wonderful job on the necklace, Bobbie! I love how you've showcased the focal -- you've given it the perfect, colorful home without overwhelming it.

I'm glad to hear that you and your mom are doing well. Surgery is such a pain, and it's a scary thing even when it's minor. I'll keep you two in my thoughts as you rest and recover. *Hugs.*

SaraBeth said...

Wow! You did a great job, Bobbie.

Sorry you had to experience some down time while working on this.

Are you going to make this more elaborate or leave it as is?

Sarah Singer said...

That is beautiful - the beading perfectly complements the boro glass focal.

Karen Williams said...

Life does find a way of messing with our best laid plans doesn't it! I am so glad to hear that both you and your mother are recovering well (don't over do it!).

That said - your piece does not look like you lacked time to work on it! The focal you chose is simply gorgeous, and your beading compliments it beautifully. The whole piece reminds me of flames.

Dancing Wire and Beads by Lori said...

Your necklace is beautiful and would be a really fun necklace to wear. I had a lot of fun making my piece, and learned a lot more about freeform and it's addicting qualities.

maryharding said...

Love the necklace you fashioned around that gorgeous focal. Wonderful freeform peyote. A pleasure to visit.

Marj said...

What a lot of work. I love your necklace. I like how you incorporated the pendant

Marj said...

I love your necklace. I like how you incorporated the pendant

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

I can see why you would use that focal for freeform....wow! It was made for it with all the places to attach. Just a beautiful creation. Good health to both you and your Mom.

Kepi said...

What a beautiful focal, you have totally done it complete justice, just stunning.

Spirala said...

Well done, love your focal bead and colors too!

Natasha said...

It is absolutely gorgeous, Bobbie!
I love this perfect harmony you created of the focal bead and the beadwork to complement it.

Warmest wishes for quick recovery to you and your Mom!

Melody Marie Murray said...

I love this! It's wonderful.

Jane's Jewels said...

Love the focal, and what you did with it. A great piece x

Anonymous said...

Hi Bobbie,
OMG! I love your necklace it is gorgeous and that freeform focal piece is amazing! You have a knack for finding the unsual. I love how your freeform peyote just flows right into and out of your focal pieces. Thank you for the words of encouragement to finish my piece I have decided to go for it and see how it will end.
Therese

AutEv said...

This is such a joyful piece! I adore the focal - it's totally unique - and the way the beading is a perfect extension of the focal design and colors! I especially like the little batches of bright red, echoing the pendant. The bead color you chose to bring that out is so vibrant!

Lorelle said...

I love the colour flow into the focal gorgeous

Romana Ts said...

Beautiful necklace with amazing focal

Alisa Lehman said...

I love how you tied this amazing focal into this fantastic necklace.

LoriF said...

Love it! What a great starting place...

BackstoryBeads said...

That focal becomes a work of art in your hands. Love the contemporary palette and how you've used the full spectrum of reds to unify your design. I've had so much fun looking at every inch of it!