Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BTW: Bohemian Inspired

Lately everyone is buzzing about Lorelei and Erin's new book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry. I have to admit that I have read it through at least 6 or 7 times now and have started to use it to inspire some of my upcoming pieces. Like this blue cord necklace on my bead table this week.  

A week or so ago I was over at Kashmira's blog and loving a new pendant she had just created with beautiful knotting. She pointed me to Lorelei and Erin's book, and I realized that there are so many techniques they use that I am loving. And that photography is so wonderful --- eye candy to a beader. My husband laughs at me with my nose stuck in one of these books and completely ignoring him. I can get lost for hours in a good beading book.

I've been trying my hand at a few of their techniques, and once I get going they truly inspire all kinds of ideas for me. I have had these glass discs in a bead drawer for years now. And realized that the knotting that Kashimra was doing would work so well with these. I also had some beautiful silver balls, yes also in a drawer for much longer than I'd like to admit. A little polishing from a sliver cloth and look at them shine! There will be more to come with these knotting techniques. I'm just getting warmed up.

Next, I grabbed some spare leather that I had sitting around from a chair I recovered some 15 years ago. I figured eventually I'd find some use for it. Some of the leather that they use in the book is so unique and gorgeous I just have to try it. So I've got my shears and leather all spread out for the next project. Look for more pearls and leather coming soon from me ... they will match my Glam meets Boho pearl and leather bracelet.

So at the moment my bead table is covered in Bohemian inspired work. That will keep me beading for weeks ... I just have to find time to stop and blog a bit to show you all.


Duni said...

LOVE this! In fact I love all your bohemian inspired designs :)
The bead with the red in it is lovely!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful styles! I love a long necklace with different things going on like this. The placement of the button clasp is really fun. It was a perfect use for the materials that have been sitting around for many years!!!

BeadedTail said...

Great style! It looks fun and unique!

New End Studio said...

Great colors and the button clasp is perfect. Love that you had saved things up and now they've found a place in this necklace ♥

Jacquelineand.... said...

Love the colours you're using, so refreshing!

Kashmira said...

This is so beautiful! And so different from mine although you are using the same technique. Love it!

Erin Siegel said...

Cool necklace! I love using that knotted bail technique. Many of the techniques in the book are versatile and can be adapted in lots of ways, as I see you are finding out for yourself! I'm so thrilled you are enjoying it and finding lots of inspiration! That is exactly why we wanted to write it. Thank you for sharing! :)

Shaiha said...

I just love your necklace. And the book is one of my favorites as it really opens up my mind to new possibilities.

Plami said...

Super cute! Have a great week dear!



AntiquityTravelers on Etsy