Saturday, April 17, 2010

BFAC - Beading For A Cure 2011

Royal Trilogy - that is the name I have given my entries for next year.

This is the main piece - the cuff. It meets the requirement that we use at least one of each bead provided in the kit. I only planned to make a cuff, but because of the generous amount of beads in the kit, with the amount left over after the cuff was completed I was compelled to make more. First - I LOVE the colors this year, they look positively regal to me. Second - with that many beads left in the kit, how could I not add some additional pieces?

Generally, I make pieces that I want or would wear and I do not wear necklaces. That is how I decided on a cuff, a brooch and earrings and not a necklace. There has to be more folks out there like me, right? After finishing the cuff, I found I had a matching faceted cab I could use for the brooch. They are the only two I had in that color and size, it just seemed right they go together.

Next up - earrings. I happened to have a couple extra of the wonderful vintage glass cabs used on the side of the cuff, the colors in those cabs don't show up in great detail on my screen, so you have to trust me when I say they are beautiful.

Here they are all together

Other details - I used a light purple stiffened felt by Nicole Campanella as my base for beading. For the bracelet there is a brass cuff between the bead work and the Ultrasuede backing. The brooch is approximately 2 inches and has a finding that can be used as a pin or a pendant. The earrings are about 1 inch not including the dangle and are finished with 14k gold plated ear wires.

Each piece is backed with soft Ultrasuede in a light purple color.

My added items are pictured below. Brown vintage faceted glass cabs, purple and brown vintage glass cabs, vintage purple sequins and my added bead - a small purple/copper bugle.


abeadlady said...

Just Stunning, Grace. Looks like you and I were on the same track, but I opted for the necklace. Gives them lots of choices. lol

aljamie said...

They're beautiful!!

Carol said...

Gosh Grace, I love these beads. Purple is always my eye catcher. I was looking closely at the techniques you used. The sequins are so pretty and extend the use of the beads you were supplied.

Lovely pieces. Be sure to post when they are up.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Grace

I love the work you do it is stunning

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp

Healing Woman said...

Those colors together are unreal! Fabulous.

Beadwright said...

Hello. First off this set is so beautiful. Second thank you very much for the plug on Nicole's BeadBacking. I appreciate it. Glad you like using it.

freebird said...

Wonderful pieces Grace. What a collection for the person who gets this.

Lynn said...

What a glorious fantabulous stunning etc etc etc set you've created! I've got to go put a bib on now - the drooling is out of control lol!

a2susan said...

I love your set. It seems everything you do has a sense of peace about it, colors flowing, stones balanced, nice to look at!!!

beadbabe49 said...

so, so lovely!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Popping over from Beadwright's blog to say hi! Your work is stunning. I love purple & it is complimented so well by the cabs you chose!


super cute & words for appreciation...very well

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