"This piece may seem pretty straightforward, but it took a whole lot of
planning. The older I get the more I appreciate how my brain works.
Oftentimes people ask me how do I come up with things I come
up with. Is there a long process of trial and error, how many times I need
to make things to perfect them, and such.
The truth is by the time I sit down to make something, I have already
thought it out. Most of the times I have assembled the potential suspects (
beads that will get used, any other material needed) way ahead of time. I
have spent hours constructing the piece in my head. The way things look at
this point in my mind's eye, is like a 3D object I can rotate back and
forth, observe, but it's still foggy in places.
So then I start sketching.
This really helps to finalize the little details, add anything that was
missing and change things up, if needed. By the time I start beading, the
piece already exists. Which is great, because doing things this way allows
me to move in a pretty speedy fashion.
What I wanted to achieve with this particular project was to create a deep,
dark greenish, tealish, glow, something you would see floating in water,
looking upward. Also, I always loved malachite combined with amazonite, but
let's face it, some things make great one of a kind pieces and impossible
Because no one is going to pay $350 for a class kit. Understandably so.
Also, there are just materials one can not source in quantity. So how to
create a feel that I loved about that precious combination of deep greens
and blues? This is my answer to my own question. It does glow, and it is
aquatic, and after watching the Titanic, it even looks a little bit like the
giant blue diamond in the movie.
Now the best part for me is that I successfully created a piece that is
entirely usefully multi-functional. It goes from pendant on a rope to slinky
wrap bracelet. It was not an easy task to make this happen. The shape had to
be just right, the weight and feel had to be just right. But it worked!"