When it arrived in the mail in a package with some other bead treasures, I saw one thing only...a wheel. I could not seem to allow my mind to make it into anything else but a wheel. So, a wheel it stayed.
Ghost of the Gold Rush
wagon wheel, to be precise.
I went to work on it and used Darn Good Yarn Silk Cloud thread for the center spokes. For the weathered wooded outer rim of the wheel, I used a grey suede ribbon Cynthia gave me a while back. I put gold tone hex cut beads on the rusty spokes. After some back and forth with a buffalo head pin, I opted to use an antique, worn, gold tone pin I found at an antique store near my house. It didn't detract from the wheel and it lent itself to the theme of my wheel.
I just realized now how much slack is in the loop with the pin in these photos, but when it hangs, there is no slack...as seen in this photo I took with my phone and sent to Cynthia when I was still pondering a few wheely things :
Thank you Janet! This was a lot of fun and a true challenge as to how to present the wheel.
Please go on over to see what our hostess and the other participants made.