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My latest work is a necklace I created for Beadaholique’s “Green!” beading contest. “Spring Celebration” features bead embroidered Malachite and Carnelian cabochons, adorned with a variety of seed beads and Swarovski crystals and finished off with a fringe. A tiny cluster of Czech glass flowers nestle on one side of the focal stone and glass leaves hang from the fringe.
Spring Celebration Bead Embroidered Necklace
I’m very happy that my necklace was chosen as one of the finalists. Voting is open until the 16th April so please head on over to Beadaholique’s Facebook page and “Like” my photo in their album.
One US and one International finalist will each win a $50 gift certificate and it’s all up to you as the winners will be decided by public vote according to the number of “Likes” on the photos.
A unique handmade necklace featuring a natural sea urchin shell. In this necklace I combined beadwork with a touch of soutache to frame a wonderful sea urchin shell. A chunky sea glass fringe and thick braided leather cord complete this original piece.
The beautiful, clear blue sea that surrounds the Maltese Islands is not only a great source of inspiration, it is also occasionally a source of my materials.
Sea urchin shells make wonderful focal features in jewellery and accessories. I collect only sea urchin shells and never live sea urchins. The shells are extremely fragile and must be washed very carefully and strengthened before they can be used.
Sea urchin shells, washed.
After washing the shells I check them and put aside those with visible defects. The good ones make it to the the next step: strengthening. This is when I I fill them and apply several coats of non-yellowing varnish.
Sea urchin shells, filling and varnishing.
Now the fun begins, deciding what I’m going to do with them!
I made my first creation specifically for ArtFire this week, as part of the Handmade In Europe Guild’s monthly challenge. This month had a Woodland theme and I used suede, wooden beads and glass flowers and leaves.
I recently got this journal from Renate of Kreativlink. She makes the most fabulous, well made journals you could find and the only problem with her books is to decide which one you want … and once you make up your mind don’t think too long because it might be gone in the time it takes to say “That’s The One!”
Well, here is mine … absolutely perfect in every way, and unbelievably even more beautiful in real life than you could imagine from the photos.