Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rocks Off On Hump Day...Late October

When I blogged last week after almost 4 months off, I didn't know I would be bringing myself back to the blog world with my Rocks Off post or that this week would be another one.  I have other bead projects that need to get done, but I just cannot keep my hands off the Rocks.  

Cell phone early morning on the bead table photo...maybe when I get the blog rolling, I will break out the good camera again.  For now, quick and convenient is how I need to do the photos.  Something had to give in order for me to start up again.  And taking good photos (or what I perceive are good) stresses me out!  Who needs stress when it comes to beading?!?  

So here's the latest :

The top two Rocks are from Lake Michigan.  The bottom one is a sand encrusted Sand Dollar from Monmouth Beach, New Jersey.  I don't know if you can see the dark green Rock good enough to see the light green line cutting through the center.  It is really cool!  The beadwork around all three were meant for three entirely different Rocks.  It happens more often than not when I bead around Rocks.  I get to a certain point in beading the mandala or bezel and it stops working for the Rock I picked out.  Instead of cutting it all apart, I hunt through my many many vases of Rocks until I find another one that will work with the weaving and pop it in.  It is a challenge finding the proper size/color/texture to go with the already existing beadwork. 
The freshwater pearls in that first Rock are a gift from Jasvanti Patel. She sent me these pearls and some gorgeous onyx cabs. They came quite a while ago when I took a break from beading.  I have beaded up the cabs several times but cut them all apart each time.  So far, they had brief lives as bracelets and earrings.  I keep them on the bead table at all times and feel like the final inspiration is so close I can feel it tickling me.  These pearls were earrings and bracelets, only to be cut cut cut.  I think this bezel and very very long chain (to be doubled) is a keeper.  Maybe the pearls will pass on their happy vibe to the cabs!  
If you haven't seen Jasvanti's work, you should!  Her beadwork is elegant and stunningly beautiful.  Jewelry by Jasvanti is your next stop!  
See you next week! 


AntiquityTravelers said...

I am loving this series! each rock has its own character ... and those pearls with the rock is stunning!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Liz said...

You definitely have a good thing going. The bugles radiate out perfectly in pairs. Brilliance. The pearls turn what could have been a somewhat standard bezel into Kaaaa Powwwww something out of this world. I could see those pearls morphing into little feet and the rock just rolling away. Please, keep the rocks a'comin!!!

windrock studio said...

Yes! you sure are on a (rock) and roll! Each piece is marvelous, I swooned over the sand dollar. Put all worry about photos and such aside, just keep having fun!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Christine,
I'm so glad you have some what got back to blogging. I have yet to do a blog post it has been a year I think since I blogged. I know what you mean about the photo taking. Since I moved in with my friend Crystie I have no where to set up my photo tent and since I can not take blog worthy pictures any other way it just bums me out. I love love your rocks and how you are capturing them in the beaded cages. It is funny I was looking for some crystals the other day for some earrings and came across the package Jazvanti sent. So I put it out where I could see it and I was just thinking today those pearls are calling me to do something with them. I am going to make a pair of earrings with two of the cabs. Yep I am in a earring making mood.

Jasvanti said...

I am so glad you are back beading and blogging, I am loving your rocks, such a clever idea to bezel them, and be sble to wear your treasures.
I am quite sure you will find inspiration to make something beautiful out of the cabs.
I have been so busy at work, that I haven't blog in a while, I haven't looked at my blog, I have made some new pieces, but taking pictures is another story, I need to find a good place to take pictures.
I think we have the hardest time taking good pictures.

Amy S. said...

I ALWAYS love your rock work!!! These pieces are no exception. I think the photo came out great. Rocks are so special and you really give each one it's special place in the world!!