Bead Table Wednesday: 1/6 Planting seeds
June 1, 2011 § 9 Comments
There’s something quite therapeutic about making jewellery with seed beads. It might be the concentration, or the rhythmic stitch patterns, or maybe the accomplishment of making a tiny piece of sparky, beaded art at the end of it! Either way, the beaded buttons from the last BTW have now morphed into these:
And I also tried out some experiments using grey-purple seed beads and dangles:
I really like how this experiment turned out. You can’t see it very well in the photos but the tiny seed beads are this great mix of matte grey and metallic shades that pick out different colours, including a soft, murky purple colour that’s matched in the Czech glass flower and the inside of the firepolish beads. The clasp is quite big but it acts more as a feature than just a finding, and feels more secure than a tiddly little lobster clasp.
With all jewellery, but especially at the moment I feel it when making seed bead jewellery, it’s that each piece teaches me more than the one before. My skills improve and I am more open to trying new stitches, such as Ndebele/herringbone stitch, and am more able to improvise without worrying it will go wrong. I’m starting to work out how things are made, and being aware of when a piece ‘feels’ like it won’t work. It feels pleasant to teach myself ways of doing things (with a little help from Bead & Button!) and to appreciate the work of others because I have built an understanding of techniques and time needed to create these tiny pieces of art. Like with any skill or craft, you plant the first seeds in earnest and then, eventually, start to see them grow.
Check out the other BTW photos over on Flickr!