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Topic: Challenge 1: Washed Ashore  (Read 6590 times)
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« on: February 10, 2010 03:56:58 PM »

  You are strolling along the beach, and what do you find? Treasures in the sand!
This Great White Shark's Tooth is exactly that... A treasure I found 9 years ago on the Southern Shore of San Francisco.
  I was inspired to create a fishers net made of filet crochet, on a galvanized steel wire. The large beads are to represent sea glass, and the small seed beads represent the glistening water.
My idea was of a fishers net just pulled from the water, or "Washed Ashore!"

I wrapped the tooth in Sterling Silver wire. Everything is hand tied or stitched. The threads used are nylon cord and nylon thread.
I used a toggle clasp in the back. I am including one preliminary photo to show the first stage covering the wire.

The earrings are simple, and tied on hand-formed Sterling Silver wire.

  My photo background is real beach sand, from Malibu, California. The tiny shells were collected in Turtle Cove on the Hawaiian Island, Oahu.
They are part a dish-container I fondly call "My Beach".

Here are the Earrings:

A close-up of the Great White's Tooth:

A detail view of one side of beadwork:

And, Finally, a working view of the first stage of wire wrapping:

I hope you like it! Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010 04:32:49 PM »

It is so beautiful!
Makes me want to find treasures on the beach!

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 04:37:05 PM »

all I can say is "WOW"...

this is absolutely beautiful...what a great idea to base your entire set on a treasured item!

thanks for showing the wrap--I have a few of those types of wire forms and did not even think to wrap them!

The necklace is so full of color and found items...the beads are spectacular...

glad you entered your piece...it sure is going to be difficult for people to vote with so many high quality pieces such as yours!

« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 04:45:45 PM »

Wow! Just Wow! You did an amazing job.

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 04:57:07 PM »

 Ohhh, Thank You All So Much! I tried doing a neclace with the beads strung on and crocheted, and it just got too long, the beads were all wrong. So, I cut that apart and started over.
The galvanized wire is the kind you buy on a roll at the hardware store. Or, in my case, the $.99cent store! It wasn't even pre-cut. It really HAD to be covered. I used a macrame half-hitch, and twisted it. That gave a firm foundation for the crochet to sit on. then, it was just a matter of increasing one stitch at every chain section, in several rounds. i had to cut and weave in the ends to be able to graduate the shape, without going back over areas that were done.
  I really love the way this turned out. I plan to finish a pale blue silk re-con dress for it. It Was a pantsuit, and will soon be a simple skirt and top.
it may not really show up in the photo, but this piece is dramatic. It's definitely meant for a dressy outfit.
I've never made anything like this before, I'm so glad you all like it!
Edit: I must give thanks to "Flower" for sending me the large glass beads in the $4.95 swap.
The awesome bead stash you sent me is going to get used!
I had the small ones.
And, to eye-on-sparrow, thanks again for the Toggle Clasps! She was my Christmas Swap partner!
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010 05:00:45 PM »

Really beautiful!  Nice work! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010 05:29:31 PM »

That is really fabulous - all of your work was worth it!

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010 05:43:12 PM »

 Thanks everyone for all the kindness! There are some amazing pieces in this challenge!

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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2010 06:00:18 PM »

You're absolutely racing through your "Project on every board" commitment! What are you going to do for the rest of the year?

Great colours on this, by the way. I like the fact that it looks rather simple and random, and when you see the in-progress shot you realize there was a lot more going on there!


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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2010 06:26:08 PM »

Thanks, Wulf! Actually, the funny thing is my latest projects were in those boards not in the preliminary list! But, then again, we knew there were some missing!
  The hard part about making this was realizing I could not incorporate any of the coral or shells I have, and that I could not use every bead in the stash! I really had to carefully prioritize them, and there were no 2 alike of the large ones. So, placement was a challenge.
  I left a few areas of net open on purpose, because it would be too like me to fill in all the space!
  I think my next projects are going to be clothing re-cons and related accessories, since I can't go shopping, and spring is coming!

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