I like to combine a great variety of (art) beads and components. And when I get the chance some beads of one of my favorite countries, Nepal, will find their way into my designs.
This bracelet is a lovely mix of my most favorite beads. It started with a gorgeous bead made by my friend Julie Wong Sontag (UgliBeads), a very talented bead maker. As it happens I had a beautiful polymer clay rose from Leah Curtis (Beady Eyed Bunny) in almost the exact same color as the blue in the lampwork bead. With this combination, the rest of the bracelet practically designed itself. I used old Bodhi mala, prayer beads (Nepal), old bone mala, prayer bead with inlay (Nepal), old “silver” Maya bead (Guatemala), a large kyanite nugget, some vintage lucite beads, Czech seed beads and for closure a metal button with multi color flower design.
I was inspired by the these rusted looking and very organic flower charms made by Vincent and Nooma of Inviciti Elements. The very rustic and earthy feel of them just seemed to call out for natural stones from the earth, and this pair of apatite rondelles paired perfectly with them, their rust colored inclusions were perfect. I accented the stones with pewter spacers and small jasper rondelles which just added to the richness of the design.
When out for a walk in the forest I enjoy looking at the leaves and the various colors and tones that the forest shows in the fall. In addition the smell of the berries, leaves and plants returning back to the ground is exhilarating to me. Those images came to me when I paired Donna Millard’s Earth toned lampwork glass with these Labradorite gemstones. These earrings evoke memories of Fall walks in Alaska and Washington as I picked High Cranberries to make into a savory relish for winter.
I love Petra Carpreau’s ceramic charms and beads. She has a style all her own, and is inspired by nature and the beautiful part of the UK she lives in. She’s also a rather lovely person! I particularly love her flowers – fabulously intricate, rustic and raw – and these beautiful Bone China flowers have different shades of violet, amethyst and lavender. I also had some beautiful sea glass inspired beads by Julie Wong Sontag, in the most fabulous shade of pale lilac – they reflect the light perfectly. Petra’s flowers and Julie’s beads – both inspired by nature and made for each other! I finished these with some rather special “tangled” ear wires by Lucy Haslam of Faerystone.
The focal in this ocean inspired necklace is a found shell and amazing Porcelain Jasper donut by Gary Wilson. What I love about Johanna’s lampwork is how it coordinates so well with natural stones and always seems to support my jewelry story. Her lavender and beige lampwork beads were the perfect complement to both the Jasper and the found shell. It was as if I’d asked her to make some for this piece.
I’m always inspired by shells, rocks, and other found objects. This particular shell I picked up at one of our beach trips, because I loved it’s rough texture on the outside and the smooth interior. It was added bonus that it already had a hole! It sat on my worktable for over a year while I tried different beads with it. I kept coming back to the Porcelain Jasper donut and finally my muse just said this is it! I used Irish waxed linen to create the focal. The necklace part is a vintage banded Amethyst rosary style chain with Johanna’s beads and Swarovski crystals interspersed.