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Focus on Life: Week 8 Monochromatic
This week Sally asked us to take a monochromatic picture. I chose black and white which was easy to do because my Elements has a drop down menu that does it for me.
I chose to take picture of one of the heads of garlic that are hanging in my kitchen. This is how it looks after drying since last summer. One of my very favorite garden plants because it tastes so good and always comes out fine and is never attacked by bugs or deer or woodchucks or voles. I love this elegant shape but have yet figures out how to include it in my jewelry. Maybe it would be a good shape for a pendant for a freeform peyote necklace. Please checkout what others have done this week. HERE
Freeform Peyote Challenge Blog Hop
Today is the blog hop for the Freeform Peyote Challenge which is being hosted by Mandi Ainsworth and Karen Williams. The idea is that FreeForm Peyote is made without a pattern and that you make choices along the way --hence the title: Choose Your Own Adventure.
For my adventure, I chose to use, for the first time, some Tila 2 hole beads, and size 8 beads in a range of brown, bronze and copper colors with some orange added as it seemed the browns needed a little excitement.
I also used two of my handmade copper pieces, one as a button for the clasp and the other as a central focal.
Alone the central edge I make a number of spikes to work in the orange tones and to add texture.
The tila beads made a nice edge on one side of the bracelet. One of the things I like best about freeform peyote stitch is that you don't know before you finish where your journey will lead you. That is the good part and the difficult part. It seems to me that each piece I make comes to a point that I need a great deal of faith and believing in intuition and a feel for color to keep traveling to that unknown destination. Usually it works out but I do have unfinished pieces stashed away too. One year I went back and finished most of them up and they worked out fine.
This picture of my bracelet is an overview. I think it should be worn with the spikes facing away from my fingers.
As I was working on this bracelet I became aware of how I have moved away from the what might be thought of as a traditional free form style. I am not quite sure how that happened.
I also started and had thought I had finished a necklace until I took photos of it and realized that it was just the bare bones of a necklace. I am hoping to add more strands to the front under that row of my handmade ceramic beads.
I became quite involved in some of the details of the necklace, like the way to attach the herringbone tube with the clasp on it. I became also quite involved in the button clasp. It wasn't until I took photos of the piece that I realized how unfinished it is. The good part is that I can still add to it and all the difficult parts for me, i.e. the .clasp and length, are decided and complete. Now I can have fun making it fuller and funkier.
Thank you Mandi and Karen for hosting this blog hop. It has been a great experience.
I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else made. The list of participants follows: