This year at Bead Fest I was hanging out with Melinda Orr and Linda Younkman and as we were going through some of Melinda's rather large stash (she needs wheels to carry it around by the way) ... she pulled out some leather.
What she had done was to take a piece of leather, cut strips within it, and then harden the leather with water so that it stood as a cuff (you can see it on my bead table below left). How cool is that? I couldn't get over how great this was and my mind instantly was designing what I'd do with this piece. Melinda is always game to see what people can make with her leather, and said to take it home and play. Well you don't have to tell me that more than once!
I started to work in some freeform peyote --- weaving it in and around the strips of leather. These are 15s (aka ... REALLY small for freeform) but who says I'm not up for a challenge. Even if I realized part way through I was nuts to do it in this size. I just didn't want it to take away from the leather.
I decided to stay with just one color, which I think gives this just a bit more drama ... and doesn't distract as much from the leather itself. I added a great stone in the middle that I beaded around. Which, I have no idea what it is? Anyone who knows - please do tell!
This felt like it had a whole Medieval thing going on, so I decided the button should look like an old shield. It does feel like a cuff when you wear it as it holds it's shape. What fun to play and bead with friends, and to try new things!