Summertime is a favorite season for so many people. It is when beaching and boating are most popular, and everyone works on their summer tans.
Here is the first piece I made…..
I filled the heart pendant with sea glass and shells, then sealed it all in with resin. I also hung one of the mermaid charms in the front of this pendant.
I used 3 strands of the TOHO seed beads
and mixed the Crystal Fish Beads
with them. I then continued the necklace with the Picasso Square Beads and the Glass Nautilus Shells beads.
On the other side I did some sterling silver wire work along with some of my lamp worked beads and a glass disc and sterling silver hook for a clasp.
I absolutely loved the nautilus shell beads and the square glass beads and will be ordering more of these. The heart bezel pendant will also be in my next order. I was making these myself from sterling silver, but these are so easy to work with and can keep my costs down.
Here is a close-up of the pendant…..
And another picture of the entire necklace…..
I also think the Crystal Fish Beads
work so well with the seed beads and add just the right amount of sparkle. Who doesn’t like *sparkle*!?
Of course no necklace is complete without a matching pair of earrings, so here is what I made using the seed beads and Sterling Silver Mermaid Charms
. These mermaid charms are the perfect size for earrings.
From another angle…..
Still having beads left over from Artbeads.com
and ideas popping into my head I came up with this abstract, art quilt which I am calling “Bahama Bubbles”.
After piecing and quilting this art quilt, I hand stitched the seed beads
on to look like bubbles and then stitched on the Nautilus Shell Glass Beads
, as if they were on the ocean floor. Both the lined seed beads and the glass shell beads add just the right amount of quirky-ness to this piece which measures about 7″ x 11″. Here is another picture of the quilt before I added the blue nautilus shell beads, and when the sun was out…….
So even if you are a quilter, or mixed media artist, remember to try out other objects on your artwork. Even items that are normally considered for jewelry artists! Think outside the box!
I hope these items inspire you to make something summery and get ready for the summer season!
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