I love Halloween. I love dressing up for the day, decorating the house, seeing all the kids in their costumes and, of course, all the candy. Each year I make a piece of jewelry to go with my costume for the year. This year I knew I had to make this necklace when I saw it at the Heart of Texas Bead Retreat. Nora Pero was there and this is her design, called The Dark Side. She's also a polymer clay artist - I may have worn her out getting some amazing tips from her, but that's another story!
This design incorporates a bit of bead embroidery and a bit of beadweaving - the perfect combo. I did decide to do a RAW necklace instead of a metal chain, but other than that I followed directions (I know - unusual for me!).
I'm super happy with this, as well as how quickly it worked up. Nora's instructions were great and her polymer clay cab was perfect.
Happy Halloween my Spooky Friends!
Getting ready for my next show at St. Jude's in Allen the first weekended in November. The selfie station was such a hit with the birdbrain hats, I decided to work on some holiday-themed hats too. So far I have a Rudolph Hat and two colors of the Elf Hat. I may make a fourth if my idea works out . . .
In the meantime, here's some pics of what I have so far. If you are in the Allen, TX area, come by and see me and try one on!
A few weekends ago I attended the Heart of Texas bead retreat. While the retreat has been going for a few years, this was my first time to go. I really wanted to take a class with Amy Katz, and it was awesome. In her class we worked on the Treasure Bracelet, pictured above. It was a lot of fun to make the different elements, and I can see how easy it would be to take the components and build a larger piece. The pearl components work up super fast, and I think a bracelet full of those would be gorgeous. HINT HINT if you are looking for something quick for holiday gifts.
I've been very busy trying to make my sketches come to life. I'm pleased with the results and I hope you are too!
First up is a new Birdbrain Toucan Hat. I think you can easily make him look more like a crow by keeping the beak a solid color.
Next up is a more "runner friendly" version of the Turkey hat. I call him "Turkey Trot." I received numerous orders for this one and have been busy with turkey hat production.
Patterns for both can be downloaded from this site, Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry.
I'm off to make some more turkey hats!