Studio Wednesday

Recently, a colleague of Dave’s (my S.O.) came back from a trip to New Mexico with a wonderful bead and cabochon stash that she generously shared with me. I couldn’t resist this gorgeous turquoise cabochon. With all of the variegated tan and brown swirls in it, it reminds me of a satellite view of Earth. I was pleased to dig through my own seed bead stash to find a hank of size 11 gold luster caramel colored beads I purchased in Frankenmuth, Michigan last year. I think they frame the cab very nicely.

Originally, I wanted to use this cab for my first journal bracelet but it’s too large for a bracelet. Instead, I chose a glazed porcelain face I purchased at a bead show last spring. In honor of the Fall Equinox this month, I want to create a bracelet of many leaves framing the face cab. I also want to honor the majestic oak and maple trees we had taken down 2 days ago. Unfortunately, they were getting too dangerously close to the house. Even though we will use the wood to warm our house next winter, I still felt very sad to see them come down. My bracelet will remind me of these wonderful tree beings.

I also worked on my freeform peyote bracelet today. I’ll post on my progress tomorrow…

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6 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. craftymoose says:

    OMG! That is gorgeous! I love the southwest & tourquoise. You did a really nice job framing it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Judy says:

    That is striking, Karen. You did an amazing job framing it and putting it on that fabric is perfect for the photo.

  3. Arline says:

    Yummy! I love turquoise and copper even better than turquoise and silver.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks ladies for your kind comments!

  5. Lisa Clarke says:

    That is a very pretty cabochon, but I have to admit what first caught my eye was the fabric behind it. Is that batik? I just love the look of batik, and those colors are so striking – a perfect backdrop for that cabochon.

  6. artandtea says:

    I know what you mean, Lisa. I would love to incorporate batik fabric into my jewelry somehow because I love the look so much.

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