Saturday, June 6, 2009

Working with Seedbeads.... A Love Reborn

I've rediscovered my love of seedbeads. These tiny little marvels were my introduction to jewellery making when I was a mere 8 year old at summer camp, back in the 1960's when Flower Power ruled. We would make flower bracelets with thread and tie the bracelets on each other's wrists.

Over the years I've come back to seedbeads, first as an embelleshment for the bodice of my wedding gown, which I made with pewter grey satin, overlaid with organza on the bodice.

Then it was beadweaving in the Ukranian Mesh style...this necklace is still one of my favourites:

Lately I've been working with a spiral weave in the form of a rope, and I love the texture and flexibility of this technique.

Here's a necklace I just finished. The spiral weave forms the "chain" of the necklace and I used a bronze and ivory palette for it....tiny little 15/0 delicas and 10/0 metallic bronze seedbeads. The pendant is a bronzite rectangular cabochon set in a bronze-finished polymer clay frame, made by the very talented Nathalie Girard of Canadian Rockies Art.

I've also been combining my lampwork beads with seedbeads, as in this gorgeous aquamarine blue bracelet listed in my Ruby Lane shop.

Tomorrow I'll post a tutorial with instructions to make a spiral rope using the spiral weave's so versatile.


Nathalie Girard - Canadian Rockies Art said...

Oh wow! Gillian, I LOVE what you did with the pendant you bought from me... I love seedbeads work (I was actually watching an old recording on seedbeads jewelry yesterday afternoon actually - Beads, Baubles and Jewels that I had our our hard-drive for a long time and had never gotten around to watch. It was awesome :)

I'm no longer posting on my blogger blog, I had too many problems... you can click on my link in this post here and it will take you to my new Typepad blog. I can't wait to see your tutorial! Cheers, Nat

Julie B said...

Beautiful work, Gillian! So intricate. You must have a lot of patience!

Gillianbeads said...

Thank so much for your kind words Nathalie and Julie!