Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Featured :: ZnetShows Sea Glass

I've got a lot of sea glass from ZnetShows on the bead table at the moment. In fact I kinda have it all over the place with pieces in varying levels of 'done-ness.' Much to my family's chagrin. 

I'm working as quickly as I can to plow through the patterns, but just as I'm halfway through one another pattern seeps in and I need to start that project so I don't lose the idea. Yeah, I know, it's kinda a sickness. But the ideas are just pouring out as I play with this wonderful sea glass!

I think this freeform piece might just be my all-time favorite. Not sure why exactly since I had a bit of a throw down wrestling with the pattern. It was all good in the end. The cream, matte beads seemed to pick up the texture of a starfish and the orange sea glass are like windows beckoning both sides of the cuff. It is uniformed when looking at the whole piece, but pull up close and it has the uniqueness you'd find on the surface of a starfish, or snowflake that only a freeform pattern can do.

I used a number of stitches in this one. The main one being freeform peyote, but I also used ladder and brick with some larger square beads. I also continued this freeform stitching for the bezels around the sea glass, and brought in some micro seed beads to create a bit of a dainty pattern around the edges. I am still working on the closure, but I will most likely use my most recent zig zag pattern to give it a continuous feel. 

I have been trying to find my groove with freeform, but I have struggled with feeling like I am suppose to create a somewhat 'messy' pattern. But my big epiphany with this piece is that there are no rules, and who says you can't have a little structure to freeform? I still stitched organically across the pattern, but I used some structured elements too. I think this might actually be my comfort zone with freeform beading.

17 comments:

Duni said...

WOW - that's an amazing piece! I've never seen anything like it!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful work!

Jacquelineand.... said...

It's a beautiful piece with a very
organic feel to it; stunning!

Christine Altmiller said...

it is so easy to see that you hit your freeform stride with this piece. it looks effortless (looks!), and flows beautifully and you completely made all those fair colors grab our attention. this is fantastic!!!

Regine Karpel said...

How pretty!
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BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Beautiful! Very earthy, and nature-y. Your beadwork is really amazing :)

KJ said...

Well done. Love the colors and the form.

BeadedTail said...

Stunning! The thought of doing that myself gives me hives but you do awesome with freeform beading!

Claudia Aguilar said...

I totally understand starting a new project before finishing one ;)

As soon as I saw this piece I thought lemon pie! Beautiful piece!

Claudia Aguilar said...

I totally understand starting a new project before finishing one ;)

As soon as I saw this piece I thought lemon pie! Beautiful piece!

Patti Van said...

This is just beautiful! It looks like the sea glass is just peaking through the "shell" or, your beading! I love that affect!

I won't even begin to talk about my unfinished projects on my table....

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This one is just stunning!

Magic Love Crow said...

Very delicate looking! Alot of work in this piece!

Miss Val's Creations said...

So unique Cynthia! Your beadwork looks awesome around those cool seaglass pieces.

I set up a wholesale account with ZnetShows a couple of years back but have yet to place an order. They have such a huge selection of gorgeous beads and components!

Additionsstyle said...

Wow, amazing! I am so impressed with your bead work. Working with those tiny beads and creating patterns is amazing to me.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Gloria said...

Yes, like a stained glass cuff. Love how the beads surround and coddle the glass, this is charming!

jelly andrews said...

Oh my! You’ve really creative something so beautiful. It is really adorable. Oh! How I love it. Thanks a lot for sharing this one.

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