Despite last weeks friendly banter when Tracy taunted me with the Bad Liz going over to the dark side of metal....I do really love those wired arts girls and their metal work. And I admire the girls and guys who can seamlessly play in both worlds. For whatever reason I am more comfortable in my seed bead medium. I often think there will be a day when deadlines don't compete for my time, that I would like to explore metal more. And perhaps then Tracy and Janice will forgive all my metal bashing banter and teach me. Of course I am anxiously awaiting their book on the subject.
Until then, I've been having some fun putting little bits of metal here and there in the seed bead work. Here is a brilliant little bead from Tierra Cast. I am loving their new metal beads which I managed to sneak into the bail of Aelia, and I have more to play with. Tierra Cast has findings, and toggles and charms and....well all sorts of things in all sorts of finishes as well, and beautifully made. I love how a touch of metal brings a different level of depth to a design. I think you'll see more of it in my work.
This is the piece I am currently in love with, but then while I was moving around odd bits on the work table last night I put together another combination that I think deserves some design attention. I've been in the design zone lately, which is good considering there is a book to write.