I’m delighted to be participating in Lori’s come-back BSBP ‘Bead Hoarders’ blog hop.
I was partnered with the lovely Jackie Ryan from KYDO Jewellery in the UK. Jackie says she can’t recall where she purchased this focal bead from, but it was a US based flamework bead artist, and the gold foil is 24 ct. If anyone recognises the artist, leave me a comment below – I’d love to know.
Would you believe it, but in my haste to start designing I completely forgot to take a before photo of this focal bead… oops. Anyway, it has a pendant hole towards the top (now covered by a black beaded triangle) and it appeared a more vibrant orange shade before I added the bead embroidery border.
I tend to wear a lot of black and lately brooches are my go-to jewellery accessory so I decided to turn this stunning orange pendant into a brooch, and no doubt I’ll wear it to-death (in a nice way of course). If you look closely at the gold foil design you’ll see that it depicts three men on horseback with a few dogs running alongside them… it really is a work of art!
The finished pendant is approximately 8 cms (3 inches) long, so it’s a large statement piece. I’ve used a mix of Miyuki seeds beads, in sizes 11 and 15 to bead around the pendant in colours including black, charcoal, gold, burnt orange, and pumpkin. The back is finished with black ultra suede and a brooch pin.
To see the other participants in this month’s BSBP ‘Bead Hoarders’ blog hop go to Lori’s blog, Pretty Things.
Thanks for visiting!