Friday, May 4, 2012

Vocal Focal Reveal

Today is reveal day for a challenge that Bonnie Coursolle of JasperGems set up. I was immediately intrigued when I read her challenge. You can go here to read the original post. Basically, she talked about the importance of a focal piece for your design. I can tell you, I have grown more in my skills by the challenges I have participated in, than any other thing I've done. I've been very uncomfortable a lot of the time, but I have learned something new with each challenge. So, I encourage you to go sign up for one!
 Since I'm a beadweaver, I asked Bonnie if the focal could be a beaded component. She said yes indeed! and matched me up with a wonderful partner.  Kashmira is a very sweet lady, and when I asked her if she would like me to bead something for her, she also was enthusiastic about the idea.

Here is the pendant I sent her.
I love this pattern! It is a decreasing peyote that looks three dimensional when woven.




Kashmira sent me a wonderful pendant by ClayHappy.  Here is a pic of the pendant when I received it.
Totally lovely just the way it is, but I was really thinking hard about the focal idea, so I decided to play with it a bit.  


 I removed the bail it came with, and bezeled it. The bezel is RAW and peyote in a gorgeous lavender size 11 seed beads.

 I created a bail in a diamond pattern, and then folded it over and attached it to the back of the pendant. It picks up some of the darker greens in the pendant.

 This is a fun, carefree design on the pendant, and I wanted the necklace to reflect that feeling. 


 I added these pretty light blue stones on the end, because after all my embellishing of my rope, it ended up a bit short! I like how they also pick up one of the colors in the pendant.

Isn't it cool how the rope looks like it's spiraling?

Here's a close-up.  You would be bored to tears if I told you all the frustrations I had with this silly rope.  In the end, I am so thrilled with how it turned out, and I think I may need to make a few more in different colors!  Thanks so much Bonnie, for a great challenge!
Here is a list of the other participants. Go check 'em out!
Blessings, Shirley



Cindy Wimmer www.sweetbeadstudio.com/
Ginger Bishop www.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Andra Weber www.andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.ca/

Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca

Shirley Moore www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.com
Dee Torcherer Elgie www.cheeysbsidia.blogspot.co.uk

Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Rhonda Baird http://dixxyinchains.wordpress.com/



19 comments:

  1. I like your piece very much. Where did you find that pattern for the rope? It's what ties the whole thing together in my opinion. I can only imagine how frustrating it was with all the different colored seed beads. Great work!

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  2. I envy anyone who has the patience for bead weaving. *smile* That was an inspired idea for the focal you received. That bead rope is incredible.

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  3. What a stunning creation you came up with.. the rope work looks so difficult and is absolultely gorgeous

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  4. Shirley, you are incredible!!! You made an out-of-this-world piece with your focal already!! I can't even fathom dreaming up something so intricate and time-consuming. The frame, the bail, the beaded rope, the additional stones at the back - are all details that make this such a stunning piece. I have to say this has got to be one of my most favorite creations that I've ever seen you share here on your blog! Well done!! :-)

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    1. Thank you, sweet woman! You made my day!

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  5. Very nice! I love how the blue stones at the back echo the bright blues of the focal - I love those special surprises just for the wearer! I always love seeing what you come up with.

    Hugs! Karen

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    1. Karen, you are such a wonderful cheerleader. Thank you for your kind words. :)

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  6. this is awesome, Shirley. How clever to think of taking off the bail and doing that bezel around it. I love the whole thing! It beautiful and colorful and so creative!

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    1. I have to confess Sally, it was actually the hubby's idea. And it was a serious patience teacher to bezel that shape!

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  7. Stunning!!! This is SO very out-of-this-world beautiful!!!!
    I could never have imagined the focal transforming into this! Wow!
    Am even more inspired to learn this now! Wow!!

    And THANK YOU SO MUCH for my focal. I am just finishing up my necklace and will post it soon!

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  8. Thanks everyone. This was such a fun challenge!

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  9. What a beautiful focal you had to work with, and what a lovely job you did with it. The necklace rope is really gorgeous (even if it did give you fits to get it done!)

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  10. I have great respect for people who play with seed beads. Beautiful work.

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  11. Shirley, Your necklace is beautiful! i love how you adapted the pendant to your style and the rope is great. I would love to learn how you made the pendant you sent Kashmira. Decreasing peyote looks awesome!

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  12. Hi Shirley,
    I love how you designed your piece and how you drew from the colors in the pendant. Is your rope done in RAW? Beautiful absolutely beautiful!
    Therese

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  13. Wow again all that work - i am so impressed I lose patience with seed beads but adore the way they look - another beautiful job!

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  14. Love both the pieces but I am especially fond of the triangular one!

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  15. Shirley, I like this a lot! That's for helping this beadweaver look at a pendant in a different way.

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