Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!
Today I'm participating in the Choose Your Own Adventure Freeform Peyote Challenge, hosted by Mandi Ainsworth and Karen Williams. I'm really excited -- not only are Karen and Mandi two of my favorite beady people, but freeform peyote happens to be one of my favorite jewelry making techniques... ever.
The challenge was to create your own freeform piece. Because I'm me, I decided to try a little experiment. What would happen if I combined bead embroidery with freeform in another way? Specifically, if I incorporated it into the embroidery instead of adding it after the fact?
Oh, and also? I made two pieces.
For the first pendant, I started by stitching around a found object, a broken post earring from the 80's. I embellished it with seed beads of different sizes and threw in some electrical wire snippets for added interest -- because I like them so much better than bugle beads.
I love how it turned out! Like a psychedelic fried egg. So of course, I had to make another.
This piece was also made from a broken earring, using the same technique. Once again, there are bits of electrical wire thrown in, and I also included some tiny Czech glass beads -- although they're hiding.
The biggest difference between the pendants is the way I finished them. The psychedelic fried egg was strung simply on beading wire with some beads a friend had given me and a clasp and crimp beads that another friend, my puppy nephew's mom, had passed on to me from her beading days.
(Why is the photo on its side? I don't know. Maybe it got tired?)
The second was going to go on a ribbon, but when I was looking through some of my old projects, I found a multi-strand electrical wire necklace that matched it perfectly. So the two came together with a button for a clasp, and voila!
This piece is my favorite, and it shows that freeform can be combined with any other beading technique. So versatile, and so utterly amazeballs.
Mandi and Karen. You can find the full list of adventurers on either of their blogs! My guess is that their work will knock your socks off... so you might want to wear an extra pair or two.
Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a sequintastic day!