Occasional beadwork project: fossil coral cab

Taken in the sunshine, which isn’t the best for showing the beads or for accurate color – but shows the cab well – is an occasional beading project sitting on my work table. It’s fossilized coral, and the large beads are carnelian. I don’t think I’m going to do much more around the cab, but finish the row I’m doing of the 15s, and trim and back, with an accent hanging off the bottom tip. I think I’d like to do the necklace part with some interesting structure, and not just stringing.

Antique African Djenne trade beads

Meet the oldest beads I own. I have strung these Djenne beads into a 27″ triple strand necklace with Italian seed beads as spacers. Lois Scherr Dubin, in The History of Beads, writes that “all the glass beads excavated from Djenne in Mali date to the later phases of the Islamic period, c. A.D. 1000-1400.” They are beautiful things, some with the iridescence that glass can get when it is buried for a very long time. I am honored to be their custodian.

Knit glass from Carol Milne

I’ve been aware for a couple of years that the Glass Art Society has a fashion show at their conferences, and have seen pictures of some really fun creations. Before their last conference, I read in a Northwest Designer Craftsmen newsletter about a project that Carol Milne was doing for the fashion show, and immediately, I wanted to be a part of her crowd-sourced piece. Carol Milne creates knitted glass.

I just love this. The costume that Milne created is many of these linked together. Simplified, this is lost wax casting. I believe she knits in wax, then creates the mold from the wax piece. For my contribution to her glass costume, I received one unit of the final piece. I am working on a different, simple cord to replace the waxed cotton. Enjoy a brief video of the finished costume below!

French pumpkin herringbone complete, again

The herringbone rope sample that I decided to not use in my trio of ropes has been lengthened to 20″, a length I can wear as a necklace or wrapped three times around my wrist. It is now, finally, time to put these beads away.

I have a new traveling project that includes beads and crochet, but not in the usual fashion, and another traveling project waiting behind it. I have a stringing project that includes some antique beads, and another stringing project following that one. I have a second and improved class sample to make for a class I’m teaching this summer (but a picture for publicity is due sooner). And, what do I want to tackle for my next home project, where I can have bunches of beads out, messing up my cleaned workspace? I think an embroidery project with a fossil coral cabochon I purchased. Or that beautiful piece of larimar?

First up needs to be the class sample. But tomorrow, I plan to weave…

French pumpkin herringbone necklace complete

This makes me very happy. This is a project I’ve been beading on and off since last May, mostly as a traveling project as herringbone ropes are great for that. The necklace is 26″ long; the inner rope is four-around herringbone with stripes, the center rope is six-around herringbone with diagonal stripes, and the outer rope is eight-around herringbone with squares of other colors. I’m generally pleased with my clasp solution. I’m not generally pleased with my photography, but that’s okay. It’s done! I did not use my original rope with the wide stripes of all these colors. It’s now my traveling project to complete as a bracelet.