Between my mother's surgery and recovery, the shower valve's constant drip, keeping my A1C levels down, and taking classes in creating with precious metal clay, I am well and truly stressed out. However, I did manage to at least finish the pendant, even though I will probably redo it sometime in the future. The bead(s) my partner Shai sent are unique and in some of my favorite color to work with--copper with bronze tones. You can tell the piece was rushed a bit. I plan to make a Kumihimo rope to finish the design.
I also quickly made a pair of earrings from the ceramic beads.
My partner this year is Katy Heider author of onthepondcreations.blogspot.com blog. Katy has made a few bead embroidery cuffs shibori ribbon that are just gorgeous. Her other beaded creations are just as beautiful as well. She sent me a wonderful selection of goodies to bead with including some shibori ribbon! She even had enough leftover to make herself something with the same beads. I am rather curious to see what we each make with the same materials.
Here is a pic of what she sent to me. Shibori silk (Aria Design Studio, Etsy), lampwork discs (Taneres, Etsy), seed beads, fire polished rounds, and a clasp by BeadSwede (Etsy). Isn't that rusty wine colored silk just divine?
The picture on the card was taken by Katy as well.
Now I am ready to get started on a design. Cuff, pendant, earrings? All will find out on April 8, 2017!