Here's what I've made since the last installment:
Day 18: Focus on metal as the main element in a new piece.
|This is actually another piece inspired by a project in a past Bead Cruise booklet! Finally used that leather clasp from Bandana Girl!|
Day 19: Be inspired by a piece of art to create a new design.
|Ok, slight cheat here... I did actually make a new piece inspired by Heather Powers' artwork on this day, below, but I figured I'd share the first two things that I made for it too since I'm so smitten.|
|This piece features a faux tin pendant by Heather Powers of Humblebeads along with some copper that I textured and Czech glass beads. You can see the other necklace I made from this inspiration over on the ABS blog HERE.|
|Wood, waxed Irish linen, brass, and polymer clay by Humblebeads. Not all made of natural materials, but a healthy dose!|
Day 24: Create a piece using vintage materials.
|Not sure about the gold and teal beads, but the brass leaves are vintage. I'm not usually much for gold, but love how these turned out!|
Day 25: Put together a piece using seed beads.
|It's not all seed beads, but I did use seven different types of seed beads in this long necklace featuring a lampwork glass pendant by Wendy Mosman.|
Day 26: Use a color you don't normally use.
|Mustard yellow isn't my normal jam, but I love this chunky hollow bead by Mary Ila Duntemann! This one also fits the category for Day 31... big and bold!|
Day 27: Make a piece inspired by a book you've read.
|Here's the pendant I made in response to A Discovery of Witches. To see the whole finished design, pop over to my post about the January Inspired by Reading Book Club HERE!|
Day 29: Use an Allegory Gallery wood pendant.
|I had fun painting this wooden pendant with a lovely goldfish design by Andrew Thornton. I kept the stringing simple and chose glass and coral beads on the smaller side.|
Day 30: Create a piece inspired by nature.
|I've been in a moth mood this month! Pendant and larger ceramic beads by Gaea with a mix of other gemstone and ceramic beads on leather and brass.|
Day 31: Make a piece that's big, bold, and over the top.
|This Golem Design Studio pendant is bigger than my norm, but I fell in love with the rich, bright colors and had to have it! Lots of Czech glass flowers and leaves help complete this statement necklace design.|
A HUGE thank you to Andrew and William at Allegory Gallery for inspiring me to have the most productive January ever as far as jewelry making goes. Not only have I made a ton of new designs that I love, I was excited to get to my bead table. What a gift, my friends!
I suppose after neglecting many household chores and my taxes for far too long, that I should attend to some of that now. But never fear, I've got another date with my bead table soon to keep working on the ideas that cropped up while I was working on the Bead in the New Year prompts!