I've made tons of stuff, but it's never for myself. My style is so simple that my french beaded flower stuff just doesn't work for me. I have wanted something to wear when I'm teaching craft classes or going to a craft show or something like that where I want to show off some of my work, but I never had anything I really liked... until now!
I came across a full-size pattern for this flower (an anemone) in the WONDERFUL french beaded flower book by Donna DeAngelis-Dickt and fell in love instantly. The flower is gorgeous, but I think the french beaded version is even prettier, so I down-sized the pattern and put it on a headband! I used all 11/0 czech seed beads (rainbow pink, rainbow crystal, black, rainbow green), put a black AB swarovski crystal in the center, and wrapped the headband with black ribbon.
Enough of the rambling... here it is!
Close-up on the Flower:
Comments and criticism always always always welcome!
Ok, so I'm creating a cherry blossom bonsai tree for a very very important project. I'm using 120 pink and clear swarovski crystals for the flowers and I have the design ready to go, but I'm having a hard time deciding on the color of wire to use. Below are sample branches in the colors available to me. I've been staring at them so long that I really just don't know anymore. I need help!
Please please please tell me which color you like best for this project! Feel free to tell me why you do/don't like any of them, but don't feel pressured to. Also, I'm sorry that this isn't the best picture.
Thanks so much!
PS- if there's a category that would be better for this, feel free to move it.
I made this piece for someone on deviantART for my half of an art trade. I'm getting this AMAZING copper tree: http://Rhed-Dawg.deviantart.com/art/Copper-wire-willow-tree-84426023 . I wanted to create something different from what I usually do, so I experimented with shading the petals, using a new leaf shape, and creating a totally different shape. I'm not 100% satisfied, but it sounds like Evey (who's receiving it) is happy, so I'm happy. She told me she has a somewhat classic/traditional style, so I combined that idea with my own artistic approach. She asked for a rose.
This piece is about 9 inches tall and took me around 12 hours to finish. It's made with 26 gauge copper wire, 11/0 czech seed beads, and glass pearls. The vase has a great "crackle" effect that you can't see from the picture, but it's gorgeous.
I'm taking a little break from flowers and playing around with some fun ideas for my wire trees. This one is made with 26 gauge floral wire and an assortment of mostly teal (with red, brown, blue, and white) glass beads. It's mounted on a large shell (yep, it's a real one, and so pretty, too!). The whole thing stands about 6 inches tall.
I saw these beads and it just took me back to the beach. I grew up around beaches (my dad was navy), and now the only water in sight is a small river (in central Ohio). I definitely miss the beach.
I would love feedback of any kind on this tree, since a lot of it is new ideas. How do you like the different shapes and sizes of the beads? What do you think of the shell? Do you like the whimsical feel of the whole thing, or is it overboard? Please don't be scared to be honest. My skin's made of steel.
I've wanted a charm bracelet for a while, so I finally decided to just make myself one. I have all these charms that I love but didn't have any projects for them! I like simple and elegant, so I used a silver/glass/pearl color scheme. I think a lot of the charms represent me. I'll talk about that in a minute, but first- the pictures!
There's lots of little leaves and flowers because I love nature and create french beaded flowers and wire trees. I have 2 little chinese coins because I collect foreign coins (I have over 600 coins from about 80 countries). There's also some dice, not because I believe in luck but because I believe that life is really random, a kitty cat head (I have 2 kitties), a charm that says "laugh," and various other little beads and things- silver, glass, swarovski crystal, and glass "pearls." I love the way it jingles on my wrist.
I created these 2 bouquets and boutonniere for a local bride in Columbus, Ohio. I just thought I'd share them with all of you. I think they came out beautifully, and I know she'll treasure them for a long long long time. She's having an outdoor daytime wedding, so these are just going to sparkle out there. Each one is made from size 11 czech seed beads and also contains glass pearls and swarovski crystals. If you have any questions about them, let me know! French Beaded Flowers are still a little known art that I think more people should be seeing and using.
The Bride's Bouquet:
The Matron of Honor's Bouquet:
The Best Man's Boutonniere (the groom will be in military dress and can't wear one):
I found some plain haircombs at JoAnn's and decided to put french beaded flowers on them using some new techniques I've learned that greatly reduce the amount of leftover wire, allowing me to create big flowers without all the bulk. I found these pretty czech glass buttons and just went with them. If I had long hair, I would soooo be wearing them. I would love to hear your comments and critiques. Is there anything you don't like about them? Is there something different you'd like to see?
The button in the center of this one reminded me of mardi gras. The flower is made with gold size 13 charlotte cut czech beads and red-lined topaz (pink) size 11 czech.
This blue one also has a czech glass button in the center. I experimented with petal shapes for this flower and think it came out kinda neat. I think this one would look great with a pair of blue jeans. It's made with size 11 czech beads. The inside petals are clear with blue wire underneath.