Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I finished up a few more brooches. The first one is a button by ... well, I can't remember how it came into my possession. I don't know if I bought it or if it was gifted to me - horrible I know.

It is embellished with many Swarovski crystals, from the little Margarita beads anchored through the front holes to the points all around the outside edge. Making it quite sparkly.

If you recognize it - by all means, let me know, I'd like to give credit to it's creator. The dimensions on the finished piece is about 2 inches by 2 inches.

Next up is a wonderful brownish raku spiral heart shank button by Lisa Peters

I did my best to get a photo of the backside before I started beading. You'll have to click to enlarge it and even then, I'm not sure if you can see the shank with the thread stitched through it to help anchor it to the base. The shank is also bent sideways for a smoother finish on the back.

The peyote stitched bezel is comprised of size 11/0 triangle beads. The last/innermost row is made of the same brown beads that are used in the scallop around the outside edge. The pearls are sewn on individually, then it is finished with a scalloped edge found in 'Beading with Cabochons' by Jamie Cloud Eakin. Once I got going on this one I had a hard time stopping, making this one a bit bigger (3 inches by 3 inches) than the others.

Last one for this post is a little turquoise beauty, it's a cab by Lisa Peters - I've been on a roll with her stuff lately. With this being a cabochon, I glued it down to the foundation, then used a stacked stitch of one size 8/0 bead, 2 size 11/0 beads and topped with a size 15/0 bead. Once all the stacked stitches are in place I added more of the size 15/0 beads in the top row and pulled it tight.

It is finished with a pointed edge stitch and 3 little dangles with various seed beads and 4mm Swarovski crystals.

All of these are contenders for the One World One Heart giveaway. I'm not sure yet how many or which will end up in the giveaway next week, so check back then if you're interested.


pam T said...

oh Grace, your brooches are beautiful! I see you are posting very early this morning... did you work on these all night?
Oh, and don't remember if I commented, but the lips brooch is a hoot! I'm still saving the raku heart you sent me... probably for February...

Carol said...

Good Morning Grace, you busy bee you! Your brooches are beautiful and beautifully beaded. Very creative touches. I think I should do cabs more. Practice makes perfect, as we can see with yours!

Happy New Year.

lisa peters ART said...

oh, grace FUN!
I really love the dark raku heart! Thats beautiful! I blogged u. :) just a little today..thanks for brightening up my morning!

Making note to self: Make more cabs, make more cabs, make more cabs......

Henrysmomsmusings said...

You have been very busy. I think all the brooches are beautiful and while I usually go for bright colors these days, the dark raku one is the one that caught my eye.

Maryanne said...

oohh Grace .. these are all beautiful brooches. You have been a busy bee haven't you!!! That dark raku one is my fav!!

Lynn said...

Jaw Dropping My Dear !!! I can't even pick a favorite -- one is better than the next!

*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

hi grace
beautiful beautiful!!
i love the raku one
all the colors are delish :)
enjoy your day grace
mighty cold here in the east!

Hélène H said...

These are all wonderful, but I especially like the black raku one, what a beauty !

flyingbeader said...

Wow, you sure are so productive with all these beautiful brooches. Thank you for such lovely eye candy.

perlenmuster said...

Your brooches are all very beautiful, especially the black one. thanks for te eye candy

Pursuing Art... said...

Grace...now I know...you don't sleep!!! ~wink~

These are FANTASTIC!!! I just love each one, although the brown heart pin is my favorite...just beautiful! The pins are a great idea for the OWOH giveaway.

Lisa's raku pieces are just beautiful!!! You did pick up the heart button. When I mentioned the heart buttons before, I was talking about the red ones that were on sale! This brown one is a stunner though...I love the colors!

Man...you doll and pin pusher you! I can hardly stand it...REALLY!!!

XO~Lisa ;-)

Laume said...

That brown bead is gorgeous. How in the world do you have such patience!? Not to mention, such eyesight. I don't think my old eyes could work with such small detail.

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman