Thursday, January 12, 2012

January's Bead Journal Project

My first piece for the 2012 Bead Journal Project is done.  I started out with the square charm as a representation of my 50th birthday which I should have celebrated last year but because of circumstances it ended up being a non-event.  I decided that I'd have a 'do over' this year to make up for it.  LOL

The first step was to capture the square charm in a bead basket.  After that I did the spirals ~ I do have a thing for spirals.  The rest just came about intuitively.  There were times in the process when I didn't like it much, but fortunately it all worked out in the end and I'm happy with the end result.  The circle is the size of a CD (I traced one onto the Fast 2 Fuse that I used as my stabilizer) so it's just over 4 1/2 inches across.


Close up shows details of mica 'donuts' below the bead 
stacks in the bottom left.  

22 comments:

  1. wow! Look at all that detail! It's beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Katie. I look forward to doing all the rest.

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  2. Beautiful job Linda. It will be fun to follow your progress through the months. Happy Beading.

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  3. Amazing detail Linda! You are such a creative person. It's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Connie. I'm really enjoying the process

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  4. You are SO FUNNY..I never heard of anyone doing a DO OVER for a birthday!! Glad you got to celebrate double this year.

    The piece is great. I love it that you actually "journaled" your piece.

    Happy Birthday.

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    1. Thanks Carol. The do over birthday is fun. The official day is Monday. :oD

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  5. What a nice piece of work! I like your square charm, the spiral, the border, the colors, the mica and everything else!

    Anne-Marie B.

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  6. Just beautiful! I couldn't wait to see the whole piece after viewing the teaser over on the BJP blog. Hope your birthday do-over is spectacular. Personally, I feel that the 50th should be celebrated for an entire year anyway ;-)

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  7. Great! I like the variety of beads you used. There's lots of nice texture. And the idea of a birthday do-over is a winner.
    Marty S
    Crackpot Beader

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    1. Thanks. The do over birthday is officially on Monday but it's off to a great start already.

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  8. Great job, Linda!!!! Nice movement in the piece and lovely colours. I particularly like your use of a square within the circle. You're making me ashamed, because I'm still thinking about my prototype. LOL! Of course, I rarely use my first idea, but then again you never know.

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

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    1. Thanks. I'm totally hooked on this type of beading and it was your inspiration that got me started Anne Marie.

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  9. What a great birthday celebration piece!!! I love everything about it, especially the mica and the spirals... It rocks!

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  10. So very lovely! And Happy Belated Birthday! tee hee

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    1. Thank you. It was a lot of fun to make.

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