Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Nets, Birds, Keys
Before I left on vacation I was thinking about old-fashioned images in beads and the worn, aged look of them that I like. I made these in a marathon session of creativity just before the trip, and I'm sad to say I haven't been down in the studio yet since I returned.
I made these two focal beads with hammered loops on top, I wanted them to have a lot of detail but with an old-timey flair about their design.
The two lovebirds and the key are not terribly large beads, they'd be fun used for a decoration on a necklace, a keychain or as an ornament, but maybe oversized for a bracelet charm or earrings.
The key is a tiny miniature replica skeleton key, it looks almost hand carved. The background behind both emblems looks like a riveted metal design, radiating out from the center of the bead and wrapping around to the back side.
They complement each other, with the same web open weave design on the back, and they're about the same size and shape. The back looks like it has tiny rivets or metal brads on it. Sort of a mahogany color, reddish, rich and dark.
Maybe this weekend I'll get back to work in the studio, and get inspired.