Last week in the ceramic studio a friend and colleague uttered the fateful words:"Jenny, I have something for you..." I was at once intrigued and cautiously optimistic. She described a necklace, large, a multi-strand that had fallen out of favor in her jewelry hierarchy. It never gets worn, she confessed. And she would hate to donate it to a charity... Perhaps you could use it, repurpose it somehow. My interest grows. She tells me its filled with little carved animals... Oh! Can it be? Carved fetish* beads? YES! I, no exaggeration, had a little prickle up my spine.
|Before. In all its beauty..|
|A close up of the critters, the multi-strand component and the sterling cones/clasp.|
I offered to remake it for her, or to make her something in keeping with her current more casual style. ( Because then I could adopt the left overs...) No, she said. Its all yours. I knew from her first mention that I was going to cut it apart. And yet.
It was a lovely piece. 5 strands of fetish animal beads strung with horn heishi, I believe. Turquoise animals served as connectors, and a turquoise hawk focal. And there was NOTHING wrong with it. No loose threads, no broken clasp... I did have a moments pause. As if I was doing the unthinkable. Someone was going to catch me... But the anxiety was quickly over...
|Oh heavens! The carnage...|
|Stampede! No seriously - there are many foxes. Average length is 1".|
|The materials sorted. One purple animal! Random...|
I look forward to using these pieces in mixed media necklaces, in bead embroidery... their small size inspires me to use them in combination with other diverse materials. To take them far from their original context. And I think I am compelled to make a piece for my friend. She may not even wear it, but its good karma, you know?
I asked my team mates for a few "After" pix - things they had repurposed as I am still pondering and planning.
|Lesley shares this necklace from a former Bead Soup Blog Party. The pendant is from a brooch that was her mother's. The clasp is a vintage piece, repurposed as well.|
|Melissa loved this pearl, but not its original setting. So when the bezel broke... she was thrilled to design this piece. She wears it often!|
|Linda pulled this chain of a handbag! The bag - still in use as a clutch. It has a great patina.|
Kristen did bead weaving ( bead wove?) these pearls from her mother into a bracelet.
|Keirsten took apart an imported metal necklace and showcased the pendant with pearls. Adds the luscious pearl luster, and makes the pendant really a focal.|