Beadwork and Polymer Clay Jewelry
A true beader seems to have an innate attraction to beads. Maybe it is the colors, or the light, or the feel of a hank of beads in my hand. Beading goes back to my childhood, when my mother saw my fascination with the tiny specks of color, and bought me a few bags of cheap seed beads, those long skinny needles, and thread from Tandy’s.
I came back to beading as an adult and starting relearning the technics for seed beading a few years ago. I started bead embroidery six months ago, and quickly found its appeal, as it is like painting with beads.
Technics in my beadwork include bead embroidery, peyote, and right-angle weave. The focal pieces in the brooches are mainly polymer clay, both castings from original sculpted pieces, and castings from other objects. I also use the polymer clay work and carved bone from other crafts people. The beads I use, are mostly from Japan and Czechoslovakia.
Pam Sanders has been my polymer clay guru and mentor. Her work is reflected in some of the faces in the bead embroidery.
Diana Grygo, aka “The Lone Beader” has been my inspiration for the bead embroidered “Pet Portraits”. The bead portraits, taken from a picture of the pet, are always a unique experience to create, as I have the opportunity to share the joy of a relationship with an animal, and the unique bond between owner and pet.