I've been stringing necklaces all week. Using up supplies from the bottom of the bead barrel. You know, the stuff you don't like as much as the beads at the top:)
It's been such an interesting challenge to turn something I don't really love into something that I actually care for as an end product.
I began doing this because I have an intense desire to declutter at the moment. Also, because I feel so creatively empty lately. When I look inside myself I just see gray nothingness... or rather I did at the beginning. Stringing these necklaces has primed the pump so that I feel I'm creatively coming back to life.
I only had two rules for myself. Whatever strand of beads I chose, I had to stick with that strand until I had accomplished a design. All of these strands took at least two hours to design them into something cool and interesting. Assembly did not take nearly as long.
The second rule was that there were no rules as far as the mixing of components and materials. There is base metal mixed with sterling, and vintage buttons mixed with plastic buttons and gemstones. Hemp and or silk or chain is used on any and all of them.
I call them my 'Crayon Designs' due to the fun and playful factor and not really coloring in the lines:) Here they are in order of creation.
TIP: When the back of the button is unattractive, just add a second button to the flip side of the component.
Vintage cobalt glass, wood beads, brass, and hemp
Bone, copper, gorgeous rare vintage glass pearls, vintage mop buttons. base metal chain, vintage venetian glass bead. The pink vintage mop buttons on this are a stunning fuchsia, but alas they didn't photograph well.
2 months ago