Starting a new bead art neckpiece

This is a follow along project. I will take as many pics as I can, sometimes I just get into the beading and forget to stop!   I spent a few days cleaning / reorganizing the bead room and found things long forgotten! The center piece is a piece of Australian Opal, in matrix. It is a beauty. I love the flashes of red when it is in the sunlight.

Here we go.

drawing a pattern to follow
drawing a pattern to follow
tacking felt to the aida fabric
tacking felt to the aida fabric
deciding what goes where   the tiny black stones are star diopside, center piece is the opal
deciding what goes where the tiny black stones are star diopside, center piece is the opal
Australian Opal, in matrix
Australian Opal, in matrix
making bead soup
making bead soup
pretty happy, I found all the blues, greens, purples and the red I need
pretty happy, I found all the blues, greens, purples and the red I need
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Patterns of Influence

My piece made it into the juried show. I was so glad to be included. This was a fun piece to do, adding the pearls and porcupine quills made it more my style! I have a few more ideas using salmon skin and beads… Here are a few pictures I took on a slow day at the gallery, still very hard to include everything.

salmon vessel

Salmon Vessel

This is a new piece. It is made of salmon skin, fox fur and porcupine quills. Trimmed with freshwater pearls and seed beads. I submitted it for entry into “Patterns of Influence” a juried art show. I found out today that it has been accepted !  I will have to wait until Friday evening to find out how or if it placed.

Salmon Vessel
Salmon Vessel
Salmon Vessel
Salmon Vessel