Each month of the new year I will focus on a special meaning, whether the current season or the holiday of the month. From this focus a certain word comes forth and I use this word, its use and definition, to help sharpen my concentration on what is important to me. After a little research, I decide what symbol should accompany the word and sketch out a design that I can turn into clay. A little acrylic wash, a decoupage of the word in one of my favorite fonts and many, many coats of a matte varnish and I have my own art bead talisman!
I have started the new year with the word "Begin". What an awesome powerful word! It seems so small, so inconspicuous, but it can be the hardest thing to do. Whether it's to stop smoking (been there and beginning was the most difficult), losing weight (it's always next week with me), starting a new project (what if I can't finish?), 'Begin' is a fantastic word to meditate on and make concrete in my head, my thoughts, my actions, my daily life.
I choose a doorway to symbolize beginning. A doorway shows opportunity, a portal to something else; something greater. A movement from one place to another. It symbolizes action to me, a change. This is something I personally wrestle with, perhaps you can relate?
Using both oxidized and bright sterling silver helped bring the different elements together. Once I was happy with the arrangement of the links and chain I formed a loop in a piece of 10" wire, approximately 4" from one end. This loop needs to be large enough to accommodate all the elements you will be adding. The example below shows a loop that is 1/4" in diameter and I added a total of 14 dangling elements.
Once all of your danglings are on, continue the wire-wrap to enclose the loop. Slide on a bead cap and then slide on the art bead. Form a second loop above the art bead and create a messy wrap with the remaining wire.
I wanted to pull the beige color from the door down to the tassel and add a bit more bulk so I added a small section of wire-wrapped leather strap. This gave the tassel a fuller look.
Now that the tassel was complete and it needed an asymmetrical necklace. Again, I used left over beads; iolites, peridot and aquamarine to make up one side of the necklace. These beads are caged in oxidized sterling silver wire to help them look more cohesive. The opposite side of the necklace is a piece of warm brown faux suede that has 2 different colors of pearls wire-wrapped to both top and bottom in order to create links that will connect to the lobster claw clasp and the top of the doorway tassel.
here. Check back at the end of this month for the second installment of my next art bead. February's beads are very special to me as my daughter inspired and helped create the batch. I have all 12 months completed, but I'm not listing them all at once even though I want to. I have to be patient for the Unveiling.