I had to start with some beautiful faux tin butterfly charms from Humblebeads that came with cute decorative copper charms attached. The just seemed perfect for Springtime! Of course I had to dig around for the perfect Humblebeads discs to coordinate with the charms. Instead of going with a super matchy bead on the top, I picked a Czech glass flower in a bolder coral color to make it pop.
I had also just snagged a few pairs of enameled butterfly and moth charms from Blue Hare Art Wear in a recent show so of course I had to whip up a sweet little pair of earrings with some of those!
Next up, I made a long necklace with a gorgeous butterfly wing pendant by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati. This was a special edition piece that she made only for her Simple Truths Sampler Club. Pictures really don't do this little treasure justice (especially mine since lighting was iffy when I took them.) There is a lovely iridescence to it that I wish you could see. I strung the pendant with tons of yummy Czech glass and Swarovski Pearls with gold plated chain at the back.
Even though I had tons of other butterfly charms and pendants, I turned my focus toward my newest obsession, bead embroidery!! Even though I took some classes on the Bead Cruise a few years ago, for some reason this year really got me excited about doing more with it. (I'm hoping to share a little post soon sharing a bit of my bead embroidery journey.) Anyway, the rest of my designs took a little more time as I learn and play with this new medium.
First up is my very first totally original design... this is the piece I'm most proud of this month. The idea started with a butterfly shaped porcelain button from Round Rabbit that I've had lingering for years. When I started plotting it out I thought I could keep it to a nice rounded square shape. As I worked on it though it continued to grow and morph into a more organic shape. Here's a little peak at the progression this pendant took in its shape and orientation.
And drumroll please.... here's the finished pendant! I'm so happy with the texture and movement I managed to get in the background. I think it feels really rich. I'm currently wearing this one on some simple brass chain. The pendant makes enough of a statement all on its own!
I wanted to let you see the back of this one too. I used some cork for the backing instead of the more traditional ultra suede.
My last completed piece is a pendant with a gorgeous ceramic cab by Lisa Peters Russ that I got in another recent Facebook sale. I'm still pretty new to doing peyote bezels, so every time I successfully bezel something I'm over the moon! I had fun picking out different bead colors and textures for this one trying to echo the colors in the cab. I used a navy blue ultra suede for the back of this pendant and plan to just hang it from chain. I can assure you it was unintentional, but I like the way the top loop echoes the shape of the flower detail at the bottom. Happy accident!
I didn't quite get my last piece done, but it's ready to trim and get it's backing now. This is another fabulous cab by Lisa Peters Russ. This one has a nice matte finish. Wanting to add a pop of the red and corals from the cab's flower, I gave this one a little crown of flowers to match. I feel like being a seed bead hoarder is finally paying off since I have tons to choose from for bead embroidery projects! I need to decide if I'll do a simple brick stitch edge or go for a pretty picot. If you have opinions on that, I'd love to hear them!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my little collection of butterfly designs!