Monday, March 21, 2011

A Beaded Gift

I made this brooch as a present for my grandmother's 75th birthday. It's a bit belated but I hope she will appreciate it anyways. I really like the neutral, faded palette of creams and ivories and hope to work with it more. It features vintage (possibly antique) bone buttons acting as cabochons, a resin flower, a brass filigree bead along with several freshwater pearls, glass pearls, crystals, and seed beads.

I have lots of other goodies including milagros, vintage watch parts, Turkoman buttons and other tribal accoutrements that I want to incorporate into similar pieces in the future. My grandmother is a bit on the more traditional side though so I didn't think she would appreciate a more steampunk edge to her particular brooch. I couldn't resist adding a slight grungy touch to this pin though with two primitive-looking, irregular circular beads that look like they may have once been part of a well-loved necklace. I actually have another brooch/hair clip in progress that I hope to have completed soon which has more of an eclectic influence.

Beading is very therapeutic, and taking into consideration my stress levels as of late there may be a lot of beaded items making their way into the shop.
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