It's the final reveal!
This BSBP has been a Journey. I got my beads from my partner, the amazing and talented Barbara Bechel in early April and WOW!!! What lovely beads she sent. I loved each one.
Barbara Betchel, Ceramic Focal by Jenny Davies Reazor, Ceramic Round by Suburban Girl Beads, and more assorted pretty things.
They were so appropriate for me right now as the main focal bead was stamped with the word "Journey". That's just what I have been doing this year... on a journey through the bead world (and metal world).
When I got the package I was so excited. What better thing to get a pretty package in the mail. And then the planning began. Planning, and planning, and swirling the beads around. Mixing. Auditioning them with other beads... and nothing.
My muse was on vacation. I just could not find the right combination or project.
So I took 'em on a journey. I have been traveling so much this year, teaching and TV appearing and spreading the creative love. I figured : "What the heck, maybe one of my classes will spark some inspiration." So off they went, tucked into my carry on bag.
Thank goodness for the inspiration of my students. In one of my classes at BeadFest, I set out the beads, you know, just in case.
And BOOM... This necklace was born:
My horde was a perfect match for the beads that I created in my Dapped, Capped and Soldered Beads class. I think it's the perfect match... The wirework gives the beads breathing room, and the dapped and soldered beads provide texture and interest.
Whew. That was a close one.
Here are some closeups:
Thanks so much Barbara. I loved, loved, loved working with the beads you sent. And a big, big thanks also to Lori Anderson our lovely hostess. I know it's been a rough year for you, but you are persevering with style and grace.
The link to Barbara's reveal is here. You are one talented polymer goddess. (We missed the list as we postponed from the second reveal.) What beautiful pieces she made from the beads that I sent.
Here is a list of the other participants. I'm gonna grab a cup of coffee and settle in to all the pretty everyone made. Enjoy!