My friend, Chris, is an incredible friend. My friend, Chris, is an incredible artist (she also paints, and has a new cookie baking venture). My friend, Chris, has discovered a love for beads and shiny baubles, and is turning it all into incredible jewelry. My friend, Chris, is now sharing the love.
When she finished and posted this set recently, it lasted just until I spied it on her facebook post about 20 seconds later, and it now resides on my arm and neck. It was just my "cup of tea".
The rhinestone pieces are vintage earrings, encased in glass and soldered impeccably (everything she does is impeccable...as well as incredible...Chris is also a painter). Sari silk ribbons are tied onto both pieces, and those blue glass beads just sparkle and shine, like all get-out.
She has a new facebook page HERE (just click, like Dorothy in Oz) where most of her work shows up, as it's finished. You can also find her on her blog at The Antique Pallet; and The Antique Pallet.Etsy has a few of her pieces that actually made it into the shop before being swooped up.
And now, the evolution of something that I am sure is going to become a favorite piece. I started this a few months back and, not having time or the creative inclination to finish it at that point, it was put aside until a few evenings this past week. Definitely a work in progress, with more photos to follow...
An old brass piece (with a bit of a "ginger brass" patina) of a beautiful Egyptian woman, 2-1/4" tall. I am assuming she is probably Cleopatra, but will be researching her further, based on the headdress. Malachite (a favorite among the Ancient Egyptians) stones set on either side of her, surrounded by seed beads, glass Czech Fire Polish beads, and glass Eye of Providence/Eye of Horus beads (and they laughed at me when I purchased them at a bead show a few years back, not knowing what I would do with them, but knowing I needed them).
This will be transformed into a 2" cuff bracelet, when all is said and done...a few more evenings of beading to stay awake while watching movies, and I just might have a new favorite.