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Crystal Spiral and Fringe Necklace

Here it is! My first creation for 2014, made especially for the Etsy Beadweavers January challenge.

 

Handmade beadwoven necklace with crystals and fringe by Joanne Zammit gr8jewellery

Handmade beadwoven necklace with crystals and fringe

This was a kind of double challenge for me, the first being that I challenged myself to learn the Dutch Spiral to incorporate it in this necklace and second and not least was that it had to be done amidst the million other things going on at Christmastime!

I experimented with the spiral first, trying out different sized beads and number of beads in the ‘bridge’ that circles on the outside of the spiral.  I liked the effect of tiny beads in the bridge, which gave an airy feel to the spiral and allowed the spiral core to show through.

An image of what I wanted my finished necklace to look like was forming in my head and I set about creating it.  I used the Dutch Spriral as a feature on the sides, mirroring the spiral around the neck. Where the Dutch Spiral ends, I continued with odd-count peyote spiral around the back. The central part is tubular peyote from which hangs a fringe. I wanted a beadwoven Swarovski rivoli to hang separately in front of the fringe, so I left the top part of the fringe plain as a backdrop for this.

All entries for the challenge may be seen on the Etsy Beadweavers team blog.  Please view all entries and vote for your favourite by the 15th January 2014 at the link below

http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2014/01/voting-for-january-2014-rising-star.html

Tangled Up In Blue

 

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I created the necklace “Tangled Up In Blue” for the Etsy Beadweavers September 2013 Challenge having the theme “My Favorite Song.” 

Trying to pinpoint one specific song as my favourite was a challenge in itself as there are so many I love and never tire of listening to.  The songwriting genius of Bob Dylan came out tops though,  and I chose to bead the touching “Tangled Up In Blue”.

Originally released in 1975 on the album Blood On The Tracks, “Tangled Up In Blue” has been performed many many times and Dylan often changes the lyrics, however the story remains the same: the complexity of relationships and love.  My favourite version, which has slightly different lyrics to the original, is found in The Bootleg Series Volume 2.   Poetry in music, absolutely wonderful!


TANGLED UP IN BLUE
Bob Dylan

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’,
he was lyin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red.
Her folks they said their lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough.
And he was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on his shoes
Heading out for the old East Coast
Lord knows he’s paid some dues gettin’ through,
Tangled up in blue.

She was married when they first met,
Soon to be divorced.
He helped her out of a jam, I guess,
But he used a little too much force.
They drove that car as far as they could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best.
She turned around to look at him
As he was walkin’ away
she said: “This can’t be the end
We’ll meet on another day, on the avenue,”
Tangled up in blue.

He had a job in the old north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But he never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell.
Well, he drifted down to L.A.
Where he reckoned to try his luck
Workin’ for a while on an airplane plant,
Loading cargo onto a truck
But all the while he was alone
The past was close behind,
He seen a lot of women
But she never escaped his mind, and he just grew
Tangled up in blue.

She was workin’ in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer,
I just kept looking’ at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear.
And later on, as the crowd thinned out
I’s about to do the same,
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, “What’s your name?”
I muttered somethin’ underneath my breath,
She studied the lines on my face.
I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe,
Tangled up in blue.

She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe
“I thought you’d never say hello,” she said
“You look like the silent type.”
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century.
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin’ coal
Pourin’ off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
Tangled up in blue.

He was always in a hurry,
too busy or too stoned,
And everything that she ever planned,
just a-had to be postponed.
She thought they were successful,
She thought they were blessed,
with objects and material things,
but I never was impressed.
And when it all came crashing down,
I became withdrawn,
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin’ on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue.

So now I’m goin’ back again,
I got to get to her somehow.
All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians
Some are doctors’ wives.
Don’t know how it all got started,
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives.
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same,
We just saw it from a different point of view,
Tangled up in blue.

 

 

I created my necklace by first making a core around which I built up layers of blue strands in different seed beads, Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals.  The blue is predominantly cobalt with a few strands in slightly dlifferent shades and also hints of violet.

The clasp is a beadwoven toggle clasp made from the same Toho permanent finish galvanised silver seed beads as the core with the addition of firepolised beads in the loop and a Swarovski heart on the toggle end.  

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Work in progress. Beading the Ndebele core in Toho permanet finish galvanised silver seed beads.

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Beadwoven toggle clasp with Czech firepolished beads.

Work in progress.  Starting to build up the blue strands. Weaving in and out of the Ndebele core.

Work in progress. Starting to build up the blue strands. Weaving in and out of the Ndebele core.

Beadwoven toggle clasp with Swarovski heart.

Beadwoven toggle clasp with Swarovski heart.

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Voting for this challenge is open until 15th September 2013.
Please visit http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com to view all entries and vote for your favourite!

 

Maltese Island Blue Seas Necklace is a Winner!

Beads Direct UK is currently holding a weekly contest for jewellery designs inspired by favourite places.  I sent in a photo of my Blue Seas Necklace together with a photo of Comino’s Blue Lagoon.  Comino, the smallest of the three main Islands that make up the Maltese Archipelago has the most beautiful turquoise water, which was the inspiration for my piece.

Happy news when I saw my necklace featured in their weekly newsletter as the winning piece!  I’m really looking forward to receiving my prize, which is a bead hamper worth Fifty Pounds Sterling!! :D

Newsletter from Beads Direct showing the winning necklace from Joanne Zammit of gr8jewellery.

Newsletter from Beads Direct showing the winning necklace from Joanne Zammit of gr8jewellery.

My Creative Space – 26.Jul.2012

Loads of stuff on my desk today …

First off, a leather bracelet with a Sterling Silver double heart.  I punched holes along the lengths and threaded lilac and pink Toho thread then attached a magnetic clasp.

 

I finished off four bracelets I started earlier this week.

 

and I started work on this beadwoven bail to hang a Swarovski Helios pendant for a choker.

See more of my Creative Space here.

 

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Creative Space

On my desk this week …

… another addition to my collection of hand knotted bracelets, this one featuring Swarovski crystals in white opal with metallic leather.  I’m also making a coordinating necklace with a Swarovski Square crystal with a beadworked bail.

 

Also a pair of wire wrapped earrings using some really gorgeous Czech firepolished beads I bought recently:

 

More Creative Space posts here.

My Giveaway on Handmade Europe!

I’m sponsoring the June giveaway on Handmade Europe!

Anyone can enter to win this Beaded Bead Choker:

You can win this leather choker with a handworked beaded bead made of Swarovski crystals sent free anywhere in the world!

Visit Handmade Europe for details.