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Art Elements Component of the Month for April

Over at Art Elements Jen hosted the Component of the Month for April. She is a glass artist and made some amazing lampwork glass beads with texture. I just love the colors especially when the light hits it. She said she had the 'northern lights in mind' when she created these beauties.
(Old wrinkled hard working hand of mine-holding the gorgeous focal bead)
She planted the 'northern lights' in my mind as well. Immediately I thought about freeform peyote and creating some sort of movement of light and color streaking through the sky. I have to confess I do a LOT of bead embroidery and some peyote bezeling BUT I don't do a lot of bead weaving. But I thought this was my chance to do some practicing!
(Freeform peyote beading around the focal bead)
I attempted to created lots of movement/texture with the beading. I left some open spaces and also created lots of waving/rippling with changing up the bead size periodically. AND I had no idea what I was doing. Just picking up beads and trying them out. I think it worked okay.
Once I got the slightly irregular piece beaded, I needed to figure out how I was going to make it into a necklace. I didn't want to continue the peyote up into a rope-like necklace so I ended it and auditioned several ideas.
(First idea for necklace)
First idea was to loop some seed beads around the metal rings and then add faceted crystal beads to finish.  Also, I wanted to add a little drop bead to the bottom to anchor it.But once I had one metal loop firmly attached via several strands of seed beads I hated it. I did leave the drop bead-I do like that!

What to do next?.......

I put it aside, left it all day, and at the last minute decided it had enough beads and need something softer.
(Silk sari ribbon added to freeform peyote piece)
I used jump rings and attached one single faceted crystal bead with wire and threaded silk sari ribbon through at the other end of the wire. I wrapped the raw ends of the ribbon with wire, threaded on a bead cap and added a clasp. The sari ribbon is a burgundy red with a purplish blue along the edges which looks really nice with the beads.
(You can see the ripples & waves in the peyote beading surrounding the focal bead)
In the photo above you can get a better idea of the rippling in the beading. So a funky freeform worked much better than flat peyote. Flat wouldn't have held up so well, the focal would set up above and not fit in.
Thanks for hosting and making these beautiful beads Jen!
I am excited to see what everyone else has created. Please check out everyone's creations with Jen's lovely focal bead.

Guest Designers:
Sarajo Wentling
Deb Stewart

Art Elements Team:
Sue Kennedy
Laney Mead
Lesley Watt
Claire Fabian
Karen Totten
Cooky Schock
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Caroline Dewison
Cathy Spivey Mendola
Niky Sayers
Lindsay Starr
Jen Cameron


Laney said…
beautiful and so much work!!! I love how it looks like a comet in the night sky :D
SueBeads said…
WOW! That beading is amazing! I love it!
Dang! That looks like a LOT of work! What can't you do? I love how the freeform beading frames the focal and I think your solution for finishing it off works perfectly.
Cooky Schock said…
Whoa! So much work in such a short time & it's absolutely beautiful!
Caroline said…
Gorgeous design, the ribbon really sets the whole piece off... and I love your embroidery, it's a perfect frame for the focal!
Karen Totten said…
So interesting - love your unique approach!
Lesley said…
What a great evocation of the northern lights!
Jenny said…
You just sat down and made freeform work for you? !!! I WANT to. And need to sit down and play. Wow. I am in awe. Its lovely and sculptural and a statement piece!
Niky Sayers said…
You nailed it! Your bead work is just perfect I love the texture and all the different sized beads and the silk ribbon works wonderfully stunning piece!
Deb said…
Wow, your piece is amazing!
Sarajo Wentling said…
Lovely beadwork... I love the ripples and "waves" you created. The contrasting ribbon is such a nice way to finish off the back!

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