Tonight in preparation for Friday nights book signing I put together the majority of pieces that are featured in the book. In hindsight I can say that designing with a theme both informs the pieces and provides some challenges. Each piece had to show a degree of movement, some as simple as swinging fringe, some sliding and some spinning. The pieces in the gallery all have a degree of movement as well.
It's a body of work that I'm proud of. The colors are subdued, even neutral to some degree but that doesn't mean you won't be bringing your own color sense to the designs.
I'll leave you with a few images that I hope you'll find inspiring. Please do ask me if you have a question about materials. I will be posting a list of sources as I get time but if you have a question I'll do my best to provide an answer.
Swing Dance a favorite pair of earrings to wear!
Spin City Necklace - I've always been a big fan of Lilly Pilly Designs and I've used two beautiful ones in the book.
Here is the Peanut slider with fun beaded beads sliding along a length of right angle weave peanuts.
Riveted was the result of trying to stack a number of components and hold them together. Wondering how the metal girls would do that I came up with the idea of a rivet, and not being a metal girl I made a seed bead rivet. The clasp echoes that same metal design and is a book favorite for me.
Here is Victorian Slide bracelet which was one of my first forays into multiple row cubic right angle weave. It's closed with an elegant Ezel finding and the sliders are capped with a Tierra Cast Metal bead which is my nod to combining seeds and metals.
There is more of course and the majority of them will be available to see this weekend July 12th at Creative Castle in Newbury Park California and again at the Beading Bar in San Diego on August 10th at 2:00. I suspect I'll bring them along to Fusion beads on August 16th as well. So perhaps I'll see you at one of those venues!