Custom circlets!

I am not what you would call a sports fan.  I played soccer for a few years when I was younger.  I sometimes would stop and watch the last minutes of a basketball game my dad was watching on television.  Simply, I lack the patience and the interest to watch the full game of any sport.

One of my regular customers recently bought this circlet and she sent her family pictures of her wearing it.  The next thing I knew, I had a request for two circlets in Broncos colors.
I enjoy commissions:  they give me a chance to be creative, experiment, and collaborate with my customers.   This particular request gave me a new challenge:  I am used to working with the colors and energetic qualities of gemstones.  However, this project required a different approach.  When trying to match beads to Broncos team colors (navy and orange), could I successfully bring out the kind of team spirit a sports fan might have?  Could I succeed in making something visually appealing?

 I went to several bead stores to find what I needed:  orange, white, and navy seed beads; a strand of dyed orange bamboo coral beads; and finally, several triangular-shaped cobalt blue glass beads.

Then I took my beads to my design board and came up with this:
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which evolved into this:
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I’m pretty pleased with the result, and the chance this project gave me to practice and come up with something completely new.

The two together, complete with ribbons
The two together, complete with ribbons

My circlets are great for Halloween costumes, dressing up, and other occasions.  If you’re interested in a custom-made circlet, please contact me here.
One of my other circlets.
                    Me in one of my other circlets.

Bracelets!

I’ve been on a quest to diversify my jewelry inventory and add to my available collection.  In this case, this has meant playing with bracelet designs.

Copper ridge bracelet with with jasper, red tiger's eye, and onyx beads
Copper ridge bracelet with with jasper, red tiger’s eye, and onyx beads

It’s been fun to pick out beads and come up with different ideas.

Bracelet 2Sometimes I play with the design several times before it feels right.

Lapis and Labradorite bracelet during the design process.
Lapis and Labradorite bracelet during the design process.
Lapis and Labraodorite Copper Twist bracelet and Jasper and Wood Bead bracelet
Finished:  Lapis and Labraodorite Copper Twist bracelet and Jasper and Wood Bead bracelet

Jewelry design is such an intuitive process for me, and it’s so satisfying to see the finished products.  I’m looking forward to making more!

Illustrations of Words

Lately, I’ve been enjoying illustrating words.  For myself, I find them encouraging.  I also love the painting process, of putting my brush to paper, deepening the shades of color, finding my own balance between abstract and expressionistic.

So far, I have painted these words:  (click for full size images)
What other words would you like to see?  What inspires you?