Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flap Your Wings Reveal

Today is the reveal day for the Flap Your Wings challenge, hosted by Tania Spivey over at Moobie Grace Designs.  This challenge was in honor of Judy Glende, who finished her battle with cancer, and went home to her King.  Most of the artists involved in this challenge probably knew Judy better than I did. I had found her blog, and followed, for a year or so. I had made comments, which she always answered. So I was just an online acquaintance, but what an impact she made on me! Her positive attitude, her phenomenal jewelry, and her willingness to give and help in any way.  All those things were what I knew of her through just being an online acquaintance. What a blessing she must have been to those close to her.
I'm extremely pleased with the piece that came about as the result of this challenge.  I don't sell my jewelry yet, and I knew immediately that I wanted to make this piece for a very special friend.  She and Judy don't have anything in common that I know of, but she is also a wonderful and positive "balcony person" in my life.
As with most pieces, this one had some ups and downs.  I wanted to use a pendant from a stash I had won from Objects and Elements about a month ago.
 I tried several different beading options around the pendant before I finally settled on one.
I created a rectangular frame for it.




I chose St. Petersburg for the straps. I love that stitch, it is so delicate looking.  I truly love the colors, golden honey and rasberry red together.  I felt uplifted and peaceful throughout this project, and will be always thankful to Judy for the kindness she showed to me.
Here are the other participants in the challenge.  Blessings, Shirley







8. Kim Ballor 



11. Lana Kinney 

12. Kym Hunter 
























18 comments:

  1. Your necklace beautiful and the beads work is so lovely!

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  2. Am sure your friend will cherish your beautiful creation.

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  3. Lovely :) I can't do bead weave to save my hide so I always appreciate it in others :D

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  4. That is really lovely! I am in awe of anyone who can do such intricate beadweaving!

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  5. It doesn't matter how many examples I see...beadweavers amaze me! The bead work in your necklace is fantastic!!

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  6. Gorgeous! Your friend is sure to love it!

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  7. I love this piece. It's is an amazing combination of things I love: daisies, beadwork, handmade toggles, beadwork with fringe. I'm sure your friend will love it. BTW what is a balcony friend?

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  8. This is extremely beautiful! I LOVE the strap! So delicate and elegant, and the colors are sweet. Loved it sooooo much!

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  9. Amazing, love the mount you created for the pendant...

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  10. WOW! complete beading envy :) Your work is spectacular!

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  11. I have no talent with seed beads this is lovely! Love the weave and love the detail!

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  12. This is so pretty - I love how you framed that pendant with some shaped peyote. Looks amazing. And it's a wonderful tribute to Ms. Glende (who I am just learning about, and see what a huge impact she had on the beading community!).

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  13. That is some awesome work, Shirley!!! Love it!

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  14. Wonderful piece love that strap... will have to look up the stitch you used for the chain! Although I'm much more into free form weaves as I can get away with mistakes in then!

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  15. Gorgeoussssss! Ur work is amazing!

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