Sunday, June 22, 2014

Breaking From Tradition - Some Previously Revealed, And Something New

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)
Bobbie (Beadsong Jewelry)
Christine (One Kiss Creations)
Janet (Honey from the Bee)
Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers)


AntiquityTravelers said...

Oh Bobby I still love looking at that first creation! it is so funk-a-licious (hmm, perhaps a name candidate for your alter ego?) I can absolutely see why the gallery wanted this one! But shocked they didn't take both those earrings as they are both AWESOME! I keep staring and marveling at how you did the wire with these - shear genius my beady friend!

The second I saw the final focal I gasped ... both because I love it's simplicity and could totally see this as quite a statement, short necklace, but also because I know that Christine was thinking along the same lines. I haven't been to her post yet, but saw her spikes in person - you two were of the same mind on this one!

You absolutely did go forth and play and that just makes me smile. I love to see your inventive mind at work and you did some crazy, gorgeous funk-a-licious work here! Thanks for playing!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Bobbie,

Your pieces are beautiful and so fun looking how could anyone not want to wear them! I think the white earrings are cool looking and would prefer them over the equally cool looking black ones, but I do agree they kind of do look like chicken heads.:D Love the pendant it is awesome!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I am not sure I agree with "chicken face", but I do see the resemblance to Madonna's bra! That pendant is so gorgeous - love the contrast of colors - so unique, so awesome!

Again, thanks for the chuckle this morning - love your blog posts!

Maryanne said...

I love what you did with the spike beads! The wire worked piece is fantastic and I love the earrings, both pair! The pendant is cool and I think it would look great on a silver ball chain. Very cool and very fun!

Christine Altmiller said...

I remember this supercool edgy necklace and earrings (to match ;-) )! It is such a great piece, it deserves a second showing here on Beadsong!!! The copper works so well with the black and white.
I love your last piece! We had the same idea! The two spike butt to butt is such a great look!

Shel said...

Wow, wow, and super wow!! LOVE the wire w/the those spikes. Such a unique design and the black and white really pops. Those earring designs are just wonderful! I'm having fun hopping around seeing the designs you girls created w/your spikes - wonderfully fun!

Janet Bocciardi said...

That pendant is awesome!! You should do a tutorial if one can find more of these beads. It's very elegant and awesome.

I missed your earlier piece and earrings, but glad I got to see them. Lots of fun and movement in them. btw, Once you said chicken heads I saw that, but not before. :-) My husband is always seeing strange things in my work, but I do appreciate his candor. lol!