Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sequinspiration! The Sea in My Studio.

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

To celebrate the upcoming Sequintastic September blog hop,  I thought I'd share my newest sequin collar. You might remember the sneak peek from a few months ago. The one with the unintentional Blogcademy colors?

(Here's a photo, in case you don't.)
  
Well, after letting it sit for weeks and weeks, (and weeks and weeks and weeks) I finally finished it. I added a nice scalloped beaded edge to it, added a chain to make it adjustable, and fixed some broken beads around the bezel. And... voila!


It was a little heartbreaking when the silver beads holding the bezel broke -- damn you, thread tension! But then I put on my Problem Solving Hat, and when I thought about it, this was a chance to make a bezel that was a better match for the rest of the beadwork.


So I did just that. And now there's nothing about this collar that I would change. I'm pretty darn happy with it, in fact.


And have I mentioned the little detail hanging from the chain? A tiny bead and sequin-embroidered heart with the same colors as the rest of the piece. I was inspired by Ruth Jensen and some other fantastic artists at the Bead and Button Show who helped me see that the back of a necklace can be fun and interesting, too.

And now I should probably explain the strange title for this blog post.

When my friend Andrea saw the necklace in its nearly-finished state, she said it looked like a mysterious morning sea. I liked this description so much that Mysterious Morning Sea because the name of the piece. I don't usually think up titles for my pieces unless I'm entering them in a contest, but if the perfect name is dropped in my lap, I'm certainly going to hold on to it!

So I was already happy with the piece and the title. And then this past week, I read devoured The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, who is one of my favorite writers (understatement). And I felt like I didn't ever want to leave the world in that book. And I realized that I didn't have to... because I had my own magical body of water sitting in my studio.

(Needless to say, there was a lot of squealing.)

So that's the sea in my studio! I'd love to know what you think of it. And if I've inspired you to give sequins a try, you can sign up for Sequintastic September right here.

Sequintastically Yours,

Sarah




20 comments:

  1. Wow! Completely enchanting, Sarah! Love the colors, the design, the dangle, and the name. I am name-challenged too, but I've got some friends who are just marvelous at it who help me out :-)

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    1. Cyndi, thank you so much!

      Oh, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with naming. How awesome that you have a whole entourage of people to help you! I'll start putting one of those together. Maybe they can help with my stories, too. :)

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  2. This is fantastic! And, it does look like the sea! Beautiful!

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    1. Maryanne, thank you! I'm so glad you like it. <3

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  3. This is truly an exquisite art piece. I've always though mistakes are the perfect vehicle for innovation and improvement, which is exactly what you did. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Arnoldo! Welcome to my blog!

      Such a good point about mistakes. They're such good problem-solving opportunities, just like most problems in life.

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  4. OMG (I don't often begin that way) This is a beautiful piece and when I think of the patience required... beading drove me nuts. Great work.

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    1. Francie, thank you! Your enthusiasm means a whole lot.

      I watched a whole lot of Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf when I was making this piece. If I hadn't, I think I might have gone slightly crazy. ;)

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  5. Wow! and wow!! THIS is striking. :)

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    1. Aww! What a great reaction! Thank you so much. <3

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    1. Thank you, Beverly! Welcome to my blog! <3

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  7. Beautiful, gorgeous...words just aren't enough! I love the colors, the swirls, the heart, the name. I love everything about this piece!!

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    1. Janet, thank you!!! This comment absolutely makes my day. <3

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  8. Hi Sarah,
    Your collar is gorgeous! I was lost in it's colors and swirling waves just as I am when I am looking out at the ocean.
    Therese

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    1. Yay!! Thank you, Therese -- I'm so glad you like it.

      (I get lost when I look at the ocean, too. I miss living near the water!)

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  9. It's a beautiful piece Sarah! The little heart is such a nice touch too!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! <3

      I'm so glad you like the heart. I'm thinking of making it detachable so it can also be worn as a pendant...

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  10. Its just wow!! I saw it and thought how did you do that.One needs lot of patience for that. Awesome creation :)

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  11. You're an author!! So stinking cool, Sarah. Way to go, you are not only an amazing bead artist, but a good writer-I always love your posts her. :) Congrats on the book!

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