Things are getting slightly more organised in the new studio and I'm enjoying getting back to making.
This month, we were treated to a beautiful dichroic glass cabochon from Francesca Watson.
Just look at all of those beauties! There's something about dichroic glass that really gets me so I jumped at the chance to play.
Francesca works in a range of mediums and her work is stunning... check it out here http://francescawatson.com
This is the cab I chose... I remembered to take a picture!!!!
So I got to work on sketching out some ideas. The cab is larger than anything I have worked with before, and everything I came up with as a pendant design seemed too big. So I decided to make a brooch. I cut some porcelain flowers and fired them unglazed, made some silver headpins and dug out my box of seed beads.
I glued the cab on to some stiff stuff and bezelled around it with size 11 & 15 seeds in green.
Once the beadwork was finished, I put the flowers on the headpins, folded the tops so that they were secure and formed a loop on the opposite end for securing them to the brooch. They were sewn in and a brooch fitting glued on. The back was finished with some ultra suede.
I've had great fun working with my cab and would like to say a big thank you to Francesca for her beautiful component!
If you'd like to see what the rest of the team and guests have made... follow the links :)
Deb Fortin - www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Toltec Jewels - www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Carol Briody - cbriody.blogspot.com
The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison - blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Kennedy - www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Melissa Meman - melissameman.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor - www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Kristen Stevens - kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.comFrancesca Watson - www.francescawatson.com