Friday, July 24, 2009

Barbie goes to the Ugly Bug Ball

This is the Barbie that I made to send to The Beadin Path, in Freeport Maine. Every year they have a challenge to make something, and when you are done, you send it to The Beadin Path to be displayed for a month and then they send it back to you. This year they wanted people to make bugs of any kind, real or imaginary. The challenges official title was "The Ugly Bug Ball", not that my barbie should be considered ugly...
I beaded some wings for Barbie. I started with the big beads that are in the center sections of her wings, and then did brick stitch with size 11 czech seed beads until I felt they were proportioned with barbie. I put wire around the edges to make them stiff and not floppy, and then covered the wire with more seed beads.
I picked the colors for the wings because of the color of the barbies hair. Once the wings were made, I had to connect them to barbie, which I did with a wire "harness" that crosses her chest, and straps to the back.
Most of the harness is under her black velvet bodysuit, but there was some metal exposed, which I covered with some black seed beads to make them less conspicuous.
I added a butterfly necklace, which I used a lace pattern by Sandra D. Halpenny from her book. I used swarovski crystals though, not fire polished crystals, which changed it a little, but I wanted to match the fringe on her skirt. I also added some fringy armbands because they looked so bare!
Here's a picture of her skirt, which she doesn't need to keep her covered (because of the bodysuit), just to add more decoration. It is a netted skirt with swarovski and glass dagger fringe. I sure hope she has a good time in Maine!

I do want to thank my husband, Brian, not only for putting up with my constant "how does she look now" questions, but for constructing the base on which she stands, and talking me out of my own ideas, which would have worked, but his looks better!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Colorworks contest results...

When I opend my "inbox" after work today, I found an email that read...


Your work was chosen by Margie Deeb as one of the top ten finalists in our first Colorworks contest! Though you did not win first place, your piece will be showcased in a special Colorworks gallery in the November/December 09 issue of Step by Step Beads. Thank you for submitting such outstanding work!

Best regards,
Leslie Rogalski
Editor in chief, Step by Step Beads

YAHOO!!!!! I have been waiting to hear about the results to this contest, and have heard nothing, so I assumed I didnt have anything to hear. What a way to finish my day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Beading for a Cure 2010

Once again this year I have participated in Layne's Legacy, Beading for a Cure. Every year they sell a kit, and you make something using at least 1 of every bead in the kit, and by July 15Th send your project back to them. In march (which is Colo-rectal cancer awareness month) all of the beaded goodies are auctioned off to raise money for cancer research. I didn't know Layne personally, but she had a lot of good friends who make this possible every year with all of their hard work. This year I really liked the colors in the kit, but I still had a hard time getting the ball rolling on this one. I am happy with how it turned out though.
I made a Cellini spiral, which I then strung onto 49 strand, 0.019 diameter soft flex wire. I finished it off with sterling silver bead caps, crimp covers, a lobster claw, and a chain to make this necklace 18 - 20" long. The center pendant can be removed, so you could also wear just the spiral.
The center pendant is a peyote bail, with the swarovski montees sewn onto it. The lampwork bead is surrounded with sterling bead caps (matching the ends of the necklace) and caps that I made with some of the 4mm crystals. I added 5 little fringes coming out the bottom, which Ive been told makes it look like an octopus or squid.
Here's a close up of the spiral, where I used most of the seed beads.
There was just one color in the kit that I didn't like, but I managed to squeeze a couple of them into the beaded bead that I put on the end of the extension chain. Now that its all done, I just need to name it, and get it mailed off. Have any good ideas for a name for this piece? Let me know...