Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crystal Regalia, earrings and necklace


Crystal Regalia, earrings and necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

I have now learned the bitter and hard way, that no good things come when you rush and just want to make quick progress...Soutache is an excellent lesson in patience, planning ahead, precision and then, more patience! ;)
At first I found it hard to control the pesky little cords and make the line up perfectly, it does take a long time to get the right rhythm, but I now find it much easier to manipulate between crystals and pearls and beads...as I continue my journey with soutache I am finding new ways to use this material and it's just so much FUN!! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Flight of Fancy Necklace


Flight of Fancy Necklace
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

Here is my second attempt of making a full necklace with soutache, apart from the strap part which I made from seed beads into a thin spiral. I didn't have any other colors left so I just wanted to make it work...more is on its way and then I can have more fun!! But I really love how this necklace turned out! I feel encouraged! :)

Jewel of Osiris


Jewel of Osiris
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

Recently I've taken up working with soutache. It is something I've always wanted to try, along with much less successful pursuits including wire wrapping for instance, which totally didn't work out on any level...lol...Soutache is a tricky discipline, one that requires a lot of patience and, *gasp*, planning ahead, which is completely against my normal way of approaching jewelry making which is more intuitive....I'm captivated by the possibilities of soutache and looking forward to exploring it future. This is my first attempt of making a necklace where I have combined the soutache with regular bead work! :)

La Primavera


La Primavera
Originally uploaded by Cielo Design

It's been quite a while since I updated my blog. I have a lot of catching up to do!!! :)
The first thing I want to blog about is this creation which I submitted to the Bead Dreams competition of 2011. It was not accepted and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't quite disappointed...Each component was an original design especially for this competition and more than 100 hours went into creating it. But alas, with all the many gorgeous entries this years I don't envy the judges who had to decide on the finalists!
I hope I'll have the courage to try again next year but who knows? :) The important thing is not loosing the fun and amazement that comes with the actual creation of a new piece, technique or composition,- it's not about winning, it's all about having fun doing something you love!