I was full steam ahead in poly clay making in June. Then, a family visit hit in July and the guests were here for a month. Thoroughly enjoyable. No bead work done. I know that sounds counter intuitive but I really was ok with the time off and the month long visit.
After my guest leave, I decide I am going to finish the studio cleanup I started before they got here. If you get what I'm saying, that would mean going thru the stuff I just crammed in drawers when I ran out of clean up time before they arrived. So, I pull out this piece of lacy's stiff stuff with 3 beads glued on it and a tiny bit of bead embroidery completed. It was a piece I had grand ideas for over a year ago, but just couldn't get it together.
Oh, I almost forgot. What stimulated my renewed effort to complete the studio cleanup was a surprise haul I picked up off the streets of Key West (pic at bottom). I could really digress here but let me just say the things people throw out here would blow your mind. People have furnished whole houses with the stuff!!!
Anyway, it was sorting and organizing all those beads that started giving me ideas of how to complete the piece. I realized half of the problem was not really knowing what I have anymore or where exactly it is. And so began the process of finishing this piece. 15 days later at an average of 8 hours a day, here is what I came up with including the final project and progress steps.
The "bead" that looks like a mirror on the right front is actually a piece of cut dichroic glass I found from a previous class I attended years ago. I actually glued a piece of fiber around it because I was afraid it would cut my thread. Below are the progress pictures.
|This was after a few days. Some of the most intensive work is peyote stitching around the glued cabs.|
|This is the final product cause I can never let well enough alone!|