Thursday, August 05, 2010

Fairy Skirts and Butterflies

****Beepbeepdtdtdbeepbeep...we interrupt this blog post for some very important late-breaking hermit crab news. Summers has switched shells. Repeat. Summers has found a new shell home. Photos at a later date.

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(I knew you guys were all holding your breath over Summers' shell status so you can relax now).

A while back, I bought these GORGEOUS "fairy skirt" beads from Mermaid Glass:

They are just so pretty, I knew I had to come up with something special to put with them, so I ransacked my li'l stash pile (it's tiny, you know...I really have hardly any beads at all...cough...cough) and came up with these:

Delicious ceramic butterflies from Round Rabbit. Throw in some Czech glass, moonglow lucite and brass chain and wire and...

Welcome to the "Butterfly Garden." Aqua, purple and turquoise - pretty much my favorite color combo EVER.

Here's a closeup on the main butterfly focal. I TRIED to get a good shot of the amazing colors in the glaze on this. It's a pale seafoam green at the edges shading to a deep, rich purple in the middle with these explosions of blue and lavender popping up through it. I don't know how Nancy did this, but it's truly outstanding.

Closeup of one side - I knew I loved those mottled purple and aqua Czech glass rondelles when I bought them. This is why stuff has to go into the stash and just wait around for the RIGHT project to be part of.

On this side, I used the a fairy skirt as a dangle, added a large Czech glass flowe as a dangle and then I was going to do a rondelle, but I'd had this little lavender lampwork flower from Beeboo sitting on my workspace (it was a freebie that came with a set I bought from her) all by its lonesome and it just jumped up and demanded to be part of the design. I was skeptical at first, but it won me over and now I think it looks great.

I can't figure out why I spent so many years being afraid of brass (and copper and gunmetal) chain. There's no way this design would work with silver or gold. NO WAY!

Yeah, this shot is just to revel in the colors. Because I love them.

And what do you do with leftover fairy skirts? Make earrings of course! There's this scene in the animated Disney movie, "Fantasia", where flower blossoms sort of twirl up into the wind and ALMOST look like fairies and that was the inspiration behind these.

Plus, I will always and forever love long, dangly earrings.

And this photo I took just for fun - I dunno why, but I wanted to see one earring flipped up and the other down. I guess to look like they might look when being worn and flipping around with the movement of the wearer.

Oh, and just to show that most of the time I have no idea where I'm going with a particular design - I call it "beading by the seat of my pants" - here's a pic of the original version of the necklace:

I like the placement of the second butterfly better in this version, but the two sides of the necklace didn't seem balanced to me so I had to switch things around. That brass leaf component ended up not making it into the final version, but I'm sure it will show up somewhere else eventually.

Y'know, I haven't had a poll for a while...I think I'll set one up now. Check out the top right of the screen and vote to let me know which version you prefer.

That's it for today. Tomorrow - bead show porn! See you then!



Kristen said...

I am in love with this necklace! Seriously!!! If it ever needs to be paired with a loving, sometimes spoiled girl I am it!!!!!!!!


Kristen said...

PS I left you something on my blog!!!!

Kristen said...

Kelly, beautiful pieces!! I love those disks, the color combination is so pretty and you have accented them very nicely! :)

Nicki said...

I like this very much. I actually have fairy skirts and those butterflies too, but mine are in a pale green color. Sage I guess. Love those.

Megilon said...

Stunning use of the butterfly and the fairy skirts! I love that necklace.

Marie Cramp said...

OMGosh!! That is gorgeous!! I absolutely adore it! The colours are stunning and those fairy skirts are amazing! I got a few sets of those coming my way...}

I was really tempted to click on the last option for your poll but the necklace won out. I just thought the other one was too funny!

TesoriTrovati said...

Those fairy skirts do remind me of the Fantasia movie. Or the Tinker Bell movies (but Ryan is not likely to sit through one of those. Way.Too.Girly.)
Enjoy the day!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Oye Kiddo,

This combination of 2 of my least fave colors I do believe I can really say I love the way you have combine these colors to create a beautiful summer time necklace!! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

SummersStudio said...

I love those fairy skirts and you've done a fab job with pairing them with Nancy's butterflys. Beautiful. Just how long do you think Summers will stay in his new shell?

Janet said...

Ohhh fairy skirts!! Heavenly yea they are!! Those earrings are utterly DEVINE!! Ohh how beautymuss! Lovely Necklace how unique!

Mermaid Glass said...

Oh, I love,love,love what you did with those! Thanks so much for making something so beautiful. I love it when 'my' beads end up in the perfect place. :)

Shelby said...

I love the colors on these necklaces! I have the perfect top that would look great with these necklaces.

Tara P. said...

Oh my gosh! I literally gasped when I saw that necklace! That's exactly the type of thing I love and they're my favorite colors ever! I just got my fairy skirts in the mail today and this is really inspiring! I had an idea in mind for mine too, and can't wait to work with them! said...

This is so very lovely!

anne lee said...

Gosh i just love the necklaces. They are all very beautiful.