|I want a tutu. And some kick ass boots like these girls.|
That beady superhero, Cynthia Machata, sent a group of her friends some really cool howlite spikes and said, "Go forth, and play!"
These were bold gemstones. Large, double holed, and gently squared off. Below is a pair of the black spikes, although I got a mix of black and white spikes.
They were far too funky to make something safe and predictable. So I pulled out my funky alter ego (currently taking suggestions as to what my alter ego's name should be...) and went at it.
I revealed the first thing I made a while back. If you want to read the whole post, here's the link, but here are a couple of pictures:
This necklace went to a gallery, where the owner asked that question: "Do you have earrings to go with this?" Well, no, but give me 24 hours, and I whipped up some options (along with the blog post about it):
The gallery took the black pair. The white pair has been among my inventory at my recent art shows, where people have thought they look like chickens, faces, and Madonna's 1980's bra. The imagination of art show patrons never ceases to amaze me!
Anyway, that left me with two black spikes. I thought about doing a quick peyote bezel around them to make earrings, but instead decided to join them with a square stitch belt.
It's a deceptively simple pendant that could go on a leather strand (appropriate for its punky nature), a black cable wire, or a beadwoven necklace (tubular herringbone, perhaps?) Deceptively simple because those suckers got a little squirrely and squirmy when I was trying to weave them together and weave the thread through the holes to keep everything firmly anchored. Anyway, I love the illusion that I've embellished a larger double-pointed bead, rather than creating it from two separate spikes.
A million thanks, and a million and one hugs to Cynthia for the inspirational fun! Wanna see who else played along, and what they created? Here's the list!
Therese (Therese's Treasures) http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/
Bobbie (Beadsong Jewelry) http://beadsong.blogspot.com/
Christine (One Kiss Creations) http://onekisscreations.blogspot.com/
Janet (Honey from the Bee) http://www.honeyfromthebee.com/
Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/