Thursday, May 9, 2013

Beadweaving Week :: Russian Spiral & Coral

I love this lampwork bead that Christine found on our last excursion to a local area bead show. My friend is just drawn to the lampwork tables like a moth to a flame! She will oogle over the beads for sometime ... to the point where I start to wonder what beautiful patterns are dancing around in her mind as she goes from one gorgeous bead to the next.

Lucky for me, she gifted me one of her lampwork beauties! And this one didn't sit on the bead table long. I went right to work on a pattern. Yesterday you saw the bead table tease with a Russian spiral rope using small coral rounds. I wanted to use the coral rounds to echo the red in the lampwork. But I didn't want to connect the lampwork to the beading because I thought it might look too 'chunky' ... I wanted to elongate it and have some fun with the pops of red in the pattern. I also used repeated oval shapes between the silver pieces, the coral and the lampwork focal. It is a fun, playful necklace. Thanks Christine!

This is part of a beadweaving series that I'm running this week for the upcoming A Time to Stitch Challenge by Christine of One Kiss Creations & Therese of Therese's Treasures. The Blog Hop reveal is next Wednesday, May 15.

14 comments:

Gloria said...

Beautiful bead work and the focal is outstanding. This is one hot necklace! Chris is a "bead brain!" lol

Jacquelineand.... said...

If you hear distant 'oooos' and 'ahhhhs' it's not fireworks, it's me falling in love with this piece!

13 said...

wow that seed twist looks like it took hours, but so worth it, all the elements work perfectly together.

Duni said...

Stunning!!!
Love the little details and the unique pendant!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The lampwork bead compliments your beautiful spiral perfectly! I love the unique construction!

Christine Altmiller said...

You Never cease to surprise me with your vision~WOW!!! This is gorgeous!!! When I saw the picture of the spiral, I never imagined it finished off like this. The lampwork (you would think i used them all the time the way i drool over them and buy them!)works perfectly in this necklace. And I love seeing the little charms and that beautiful 3-way connector. Big Red Love!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love what you have done! The links really complement the Russian spiral. That lampwork bead Christine found is fabulous. It looks happy with the raised red dots!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

See -- this was exactly what I meant! I knew you'd do something luxurious with that weave! Gosh, this is really opulent -- there's a touch of oriental too I think, which adds an exotic "Aladdin's treasure" quality to it :)

BeadedTail said...

LOVE it! I think that's my most favorite piece of yours yet! You just keep making more and more stunning pieces! You're uber talented! :)

ecomom22.com said...

That is truly beautiful work, the colors are stunning.

Hopping over form Katherines thanks for sharing!

Bobbie said...

So warm and eye-catching! I love the way you use reds in your pieces -- and balanced with the lampwork on the chain, the spiral is perfectly proportioned. Beautiful!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Those spiral beadings are beautiful I glance once in a while to a magazine i bought a while back that teaches children how to bead. I so wish you still lived in CA (so that you can teach me the basics) :0

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful work!!!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

Magic Love Crow said...

This is a stunning design and I love that bead! I am so happy your blog is back! I have been trying for 2 days. Take Care ;o)

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