Saturday, February 23, 2013

Free Form Peyote Choose Your Own Adventure Blog Hop




I am double posting today.  Please Scroll down for the FreeForm Peyote Challenge.  Thank you for stopping by

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:

Adventure Guides


Deborah Humphrey

44 comments:

  1. the shadow of the garlic is amazing!! what a great image :)

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  2. Really like your garlic head photo, it looks so organic, which of course it is.

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  3. I love the simplicity of one object in a photo, beautiful!

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  4. I gave up vegetable gardening-I have a perfect spot, even fenced it in. But the deer, squirrels, and birds have done me in every single year! Garlic is the one thing I never tried! But, I feel good that no one went away hungry! Love picture, as usual!

    I love the colors you used in both pieces - so earthy! I have said it before and I will say it again-I have got to sit down one day and try bead weaving-Your pieces are always so lovely!

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  5. Beautiful shot of garlic! (such a great food)

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  6. Garlic is my fave herb too...and wow! Your bracelet is gorgeous!! I admire the talent it takes to do seed bead work...I can't do it...my fingers are just too calloused from metalwork..I have no fine finger skill left at all...

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  7. I love that shot of the garlic and the shadow.

    Your bracelet is fantastic. I love the tila beads. I would not have thought to use them. I also love the necklace as it is, though, I am sure it will also be amazing when you are finished.

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  8. Wonderful photo of your focus post, and I really love what you've made for the peyote challenge! I can't wait to see where your muse takes you with the 'unfinished' necklace - I think it's beautiful as is, but I can see where it would be fun to add to, as well! Lovely to have met you through the hop - I'm a new follower!! (I LOVE your copper pieces, too!)

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  9. The bracelet is one I would wear in a heartbeat~great colors, beautiful flow, and Fringe! The necklace is beautiful and really needs not much else to make it look finished. Both pieces have a great warmth to them.

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  10. Just love that garlic shot. Wonderful form, and the shadow makes it. In a way the jewelry fits in with the monochrome theme as well. Great work, and heck, I'd wear the necklace as is!

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  11. The shadow in the garlic picture is so cool!!

    (no. 43 this week)

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  12. Fabulous! I wasn't sure how using tilas in freeform would work out, but you pulled it off nicely. The orange really makes it pop in an awesome way! Funny how when you look at your work with a new "lens" it morphs on you, hehe. Can't wait to see where the necklace goes!

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  13. Great freeform pieces and great use of color!

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  14. WOW! Cool monochrome photo and your freeform bracelet is amazing!

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  15. Wonderful work! I love how you used tila beads in the first one. They really add something special to freeform. :)

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  16. Love your bracelet and the unfinished necklace is looking great, too!

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  17. The warm colors in your bracelet and the hand-made components really make this Freeform design 'pop!' I also love your necklace and can't wait to see the finished piece. Again, your handmade ceramic beads really add to the uniqueness of the necklace.

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  18. At first glance, I thought your head of garlic was a beaded piece! It really is a great shape isn't it?

    Reading through your post about your bracelet, I had to smile because I immediately envisioned your fringe spikes hanging down towards my fingers and you it exactly opposite. Either way it looks like it would be such fun to wear. The tilas fading into the seedbeads fading into the spikes reminded me of a later summer Sunflower.

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  19. You captured the shadow of the garlic perfectly. Great color in your peyote piece.

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  20. Love your coppery bracelet, the tilas worked in well

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  21. The Tilas look so cool in the freeform - what a good idea! And I look forward to seeing how the necklace grows. I know it'll be beautiful.

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  22. Beautiful work, love the colors and the different mix of beads.

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  23. Oh, I so love the colors you chose! And yes, I am jealous that you used your own beads in this lovely piece! I like that fringe, it's a perfect touch. I can see what you are saying about the necklace, but I also like the clean lines it shows as it is now. Glad you enjoyed working with the tilas, they are a fun bead!

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  24. Beautiful work! And how cool that you incorporated Tilas and fringe so well into your bracelet!
    Your copper beads are gorgeous!

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  25. Beautiful work on both pieces and I love the earthy colors! I'm loving freeform the more blogs I visit and the addiction is growing stronger :)

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  26. Your bead work is beautiful and the addition of your own beads just take them over the top! I love the added touch of spikes - very classy. The necklace is gorgeous the way it is but I understand the feeling that you want to add more. I get that feeling every time I make free form.

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  27. Lovely colors, great designs.

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  28. Your work is so beautiful, love copper and orange.

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  29. Congrats on your garlic. We plant it every year and the pocket gophers eat it.

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  30. Love the dried garlic! LOL, soon as I looked at it after you mentioning making it into a jewelry shape, immediate thought of doing it in polymer clay. Let me know if you want some!

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  32. Wow! Amazing job on both! I was really struck buy the color in you bracelet and love, love the tangerine fringe on top of the deep bronze peyote base. So amazingly lovely. I also really liked the elegant simplicity of the necklace. It may not have been intentional, but both fit your monochromatic theme well. :-)

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  33. I love the shadow on the garlic! Lots of texture in that photo. Great job!

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  34. I love the orange tones of the bracelet but love the warmth of the necklace it's great as is but can also see where it might take you

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  35. Amazing work, love both of them, bronze-orange bracelet especially - my colors!

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  36. I love the earthy warm colors of both pieces. Love the copper pieces you made and the ceramic beads. anxios to see the necklace when you are done

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  37. Wow, fun to see two blog hops here in one post. You are getting me closer to trying freeform peyote. I see your pieces and am amazed. Putting metal pieces in is something I would like to do. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Andrea

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  38. Hi Mary,
    The photo of the garlic is fabulous I love the contrast and the shadows. Your eyes see the object of the photo more in black and white then in color.

    I love your two pieces for the Freeform Peyote challenge they are beautiful. I like the colors you chose and the objects you chose to include in your design very nice. I'm not sure if I am ready to make a necklace yet, but I am enjoying seeing all of the beautiful necklaces so far in this challenge.
    Therese

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  39. I really like your idea of possibly using the shape of the garlic for a pendant in your peyote necklace. Very inspirational.

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  40. Just beautiful, Mary. I love the look of the freeform design. You have been a busy lady.
    Hugs
    Diana

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  41. First, Focus on Life :-) LOVE your garlic bud, and indeed, what a great shape that is for beading...I'm thinking a freeform beaded bead and tassel...

    Second, Freeform Peyote: GORGEOUS bracelet!! Love that focal, the colours, and the added spiky fringe...very cool!

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  42. I really love the feel of your freeform! and the colors are wonderful and rich! Gorgeous!!

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