Friday, July 16, 2010

White Anemone necklace


White Anemone necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


After having gone on and one about my new flower design, which I'm really excited about, I finally have a finished product to show for it! I wanted to make something different, play with the textures and depth of the petals and came up with a technique that uses peyote as a base and some random improvisation to hold them all together. I also love the color on this, I'm especially partial to the cream and olive lately which shows in much of my current work. Also, I found those delicious yellow glass drops and knew I wanted to incorperate them somehow,- I think they are perfect in this piece! :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Secret Garden necklace


My Secret Garden necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


I've been going through tough spot lately in terms of creativity and inspiration...I get extremely anxious and worried when that happens for too long, I always worry that I'll never get my vision back or that I'll never be able to make something truly original again. I'm quite sure this is a worry I share with most of my fellow beaders and artists in general. So it's always an uplifting experience when that spark comes back, especially after a long absence, and that's exactly what happened with this necklace.

I haven't been entering the monthly EBW challenges for a while...I love how they inspire and push you to your creative limits...but the I just haven't had the time or the ideas...this month, however, the theme was "My Secret Garden"...well, if anything should inspire someone like me, it ought to be something like that!!!!

So I sat down the day before the dead-line and made this necklace, worked for a solid 9 hours straight, no breaks and I was actually delighted with the result!! Mind you, I didn't make all the componants in one night,- it comprises lots of different flowers that I've created over time and not known how to incorporate in previous projects, but still, stitching everything together to a harmonious entity is no small task either! :)
I have to say that the creative process did put a smile back on my face..feels good to be back! Hope this means a lot of new creations soon!!! :)

Voting for your favorite entry happens between 9th-15th of July on our Etsy Beadweavers blog:
http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/
This month is loaded with gorgeous designs,- you won't be sorry you came by! ;)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blancefleur Pearl Necklace


Blancefleur Pearl Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


This piece was supposed to go in an entirely different direction! I've been working on a new batch of Fimo roses, something I love doing off the grid since it's so relaxing and fun,- sort of like how I loved playing with clay when I was little...
I had everything laid out and wanted to find something soft and romantic to accomodate those roses (they are in shades of pink!),- however, at some point, not sure where, this project took a u-turn and became a celebration of pearls and crystals, looking quite bridal I think! I am in love with cream pearls. It does make me contemplate yet again if I should be focusing on bridal jewelry in general.

The small roses embellished under the center crystals are made of plastic I think...which would normally be considered an sheer abomination in company of Swarovski crystals and pearls...lol..but hey, if it works, why not? I love the tiny roses...they did fit better than the fimo ones I made (which I muuuuch larger). So there! :) Onwards to my next project!
Have a great week everyone!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jewel of Zora Necklace


Jewel of Zora Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Alright then! THE LAST ONE!! At least for now. I think I've played with this shape and the variations of it enough for the time being, though part of the reason why I've been going on about it is because I haven't had any other solid ideas for a while...hard to imagine, but yes, real life takes over now and then and my focus needs to be else where...
I do worry a lot about not having new ideas though. I am happiest when I have something brewing, when I feel this excitement of being able to create something that is uniquely mine..equally, I realize that it isn't always possible. I need my muse back!!!

I do love making bridal jewelry though...at one point in time I thought I might make it my main occupation but lovely as all those crystals and pearls may be, I find it hard to stay focused on one thing for long. So, onwards to new adventures!! And may those ideas dawn on me soon or else I'll get creative in the kitchen making cookies and then I'll be sorry for REAL! :D
xx

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Verdure Florescence Necklace


Verdure Florescence Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

I love making lentil flowers and sticking them on flat necklaces, I've done them in all colors and variations by now but I especially love combining them with gold wire, a jewelry making discipline I'm not fairly practiced in but absolutely adore.

This necklace is a herringbone stitch using two different sizes of beads, 6 and 8's...I tried using three sizes but it curves too much and it's hard to keep round. I also love the peridot cabochons...I bought a few a while back and enjoy using them in different designs, in fact, I love all sorts of cabochons but since bead embroidery isn't something I often indulge in, I find them hard to incorporate in general. I love how this came out though, even if I couldn't quite catch it on camera..

Jewel of Zobel Necklace


Jewel of Zobel Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

I do like to make all sorts of color variations on each design, just to see how it works out and it was obvious that I'd make one in Turquoise,- I think it's a beautiful color and one I love wearing myself. This design is a bit simpler than the others it terms of the strap itself, but I think it still maintains a festive flair. I think I still have one left to make,- in white....THEN I'll be done! :) Perhaps..:D:D

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More of the same, yet different...



Here's my latest piece in the current series of waves and bugle fans,- I keep thinking it's the last I'll do because I tend to get restless and always look for something new to do, but equally, these are fairly easy and fun to make so, who knows? I might make more! I'm thinking I should at least make one that wasn't bronze/pink/purple...Turquoise perhaps?

I had a dream in the middle of the night about a new design...I could feel it and see it clearly, it was complex, beautiful and used a brand new technique that I hadn't seen before, I felt so excited having invented something that genius...but alas, I woke up and couldn't even remember what it looked like. I think the dream was inspired by a thought I had earlier in the day,- how it would be fun to design a pattern that comprised as many techniques as possible, one morphing into the other in seamless harmony...would it even be pretty? Well, those are the things you never know unless you actually try them out...so stay tuned, who knows what I might come up with!!! :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bead Dreams finalist 2010



When I decided I wanted to enter the Bead Dreams 2010 competition, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to make...or rather, I had a million ideas but no matter how I twisted and turned those beads, nothing interesting came of it and it certainly wasn't worthy of any kind of competition. In the end I just went with what I was most comfortable with, sculptural design, waves and curves and loads of crystals and rivoli and shiny things and of course, bronze and olive and gold..my favorite colors, minus the pink..lol..!!! It took me a week and a half to make, over 50 hours of work, a very sore neck and arm, teary eyes laboring over such intricate details, but in the end, I was quite happy with the result.

I didn't have time to make a second entry but it doesn't matter,- Jewel of Amun made it through to the Bead Dreams finals!! No matter what happens now, I feel like I've already won, just being up there with all that amazing talent!! It's a huge privilege and a humbling experience. But for now, before I go off fancying myself a beadwork superstar, I have 3 loads of laundry and dinner for the kids to keep me grounded...;)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lilac Diamond Dust necklace


Lilac Diamond Dust necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


My dear students are very supportive of my work but generally like to keep things a bit more simple in work-shops...recently they asked me to modify an earlier design to make it more "user friendly"...I suppose I have a tendency to go a bit overboard and a main issue of mine is certainly the seemingly inability to edit myself and realize when enough is enough...I have all the best of intentions but somehow, quite often I find myself going over the top with designs that are so extravagant that one might only be able to wear them for a special occasion...on the other hand, it's what I love to do, it's what I find creatively challenging and motivating so apart from creating something like this low key design every once in a while, I think I'll just stick with the glitter!!! :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lavender Breeze Necklace 2


Lavender Breeze Necklace 2
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design



It's been a while since I last blogged...this mainly due to time constrictions and various other projects that I've poured my time and efforts into. I finally finished the Bead Dream entry for this year, and since I totally fell in love with the technique I used for that, I made this much smaller and delicate version of lavender loveliness. I find it interesting and fun to experiment with merging different techniques into a piece while keeping it coherent and current,- I guess I'm less adventurous when it comes to color choices...I sometimes wish I would venture out of my pastel comfort zone and do something truly dramatic...but then again, it's always good to have ambitions and something to strive for! :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Majestic Magenta Necklace


Majestic Magenta Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


I don't have room to post about every piece I've made since getting back from Denmark, but I do want to include this one,- I absolutely LOVE pink but even for me this was a bit extreme! I wanted it as pink as possible, as crystal encrusted as possible and as glittery as possible! I felt sooo good when I had finished it, I just had to get it out of my system (and I might not be all done and repeat the adventure because this one sold in 24 hours flat),- MAGENTA RULES!!!!
Things like that happen when people tell me I should be more commercial and mainstream...I tend to be a spiteful little child doing the exact opposite....hehehehehehehe......;)

Touch of Sapphire necklace


Touch of Sapphire necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design


Of all the recent necklaces I have made, this is my personal favorite and makes me smile every time I look at it...I'm a freak for neat finishes, sometimes I spend almost more time on that than on the actual necklace but this one turned out favorable in particular. I also love the combination of silver, powder blue and champagne, not a combination I would normally go for perhaps, but I thought it worked out well in the end! I don't mind if it never sells!! :D:D

Crystal Cascade Necklace


Crystal Cascade Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

A lot has happened lately and I feel that I have badly neglected blogging in order to take care of more urgent matters...mostly health issues really, I seem to have run into some bad luck, one thing following the other,- first two rounds of the flu, then a very badly sprained foot, then the flu one more time...*sigh*....small set backs and in the grand scheme of things, watching the news around the world, I suppose I should not complain. It could be worse.

Thankfully it has not slowed down my creativity,- though I have felt a bit low on ideas, I have still managed to make a few odd new pieces that I would like to share with you all! :)

Firstly,- I ordered an obscene amount of frosted and bronze bugle beads through the bead store where I currently teach, because I thought I had lots of bright ideas of what to do with them..turned out it was a bit trickier than I thought,- there's a limit to how versatile those beads can be, but still, I did make one piece that I was quite happy with,- Crystal Cascade I called it: