Beaded Horn of Plenty and necklace

Horn of Plenty basket containing necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, fire polish crystals, delicas, Swarovski rivolis, and wirework. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
The initial design of this 3-D piece began at a Masterclass with Nancy Cain at the Milwaukee Bead and Button Show.

I got stuck on filling it with the conventional fruits and veggies. However, common sense prevailed and I made a delicate necklace for the bounty spilling out of a basket.

Horn of Plenty basket - peyote beadweaving. Made with seed beads and Swarovski glass pearls. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.The basket is shaped peyote using seed beads, pearls and coloured wirework.

Horn of Plenty necklace - beadweaving. Made with seed beads, drops, fire polish crystals, and Swarovski rivolis. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.The necklace is made with bezelled Swarovski crystals and a daisy chain fastened with a silver and Swarovski clasp.

Masterclass 2015: Nancy Cain, Engineering Vessels

So I’m back from the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Each year I find the whole experience utterly intense. It’s hard for me to go to sleep at night I’m so wired each day.

Nancy Cain is a great teacher. Willing to answer questions, full of useful tips and techniques. Oh boy, I learned many new things and can’t wait to start implementing these ideas. The title doesn’t really describe what we learned – we learned to engineer anything we want! But of course, you have to focus to start with so vessels it is.

Here’s the official description – Engineering Vessels.

Two friends from my old Tampa beading group were there and we sat together at one of the round tables, along with another woman who was confident enough to feel comfortable with three people who already knew each other. Everyone began work on a project – some I could already see the finished item. Mine will come together eventually, just not during the class. Too many calculations required. Plus, I wanted my own stash near at hand.

Peyote was the first stitch I learned, and is probably the first stitch most people learn. If you want to, you can get seriously in depth. Which is what happens when you spent your time focusing on a particular technique.

Meet the Teachers was fun. The 3 of us worked the table, drank a little wine, talked to acquaintances we hadn’t seen for a while, and wandered around looking at other people’s tables.

And of course, the Marketplace was a huge draw. I bought several tubes of beads, some Swarovski rivolis, and picked up the Toho challenge kit for 2015.

I have plenty to keep me busy until next year’s show……..

Masterclass with Marcia DeCoster – craw bracelet

Craw bracelet designed in Marcia DeCoster's Masterclass
Craw bracelet designed in Marcia DeCoster’s Masterclass

Here’s the finished craw bracelet from the Playing with Possibilities Masterclass with Marcia DeCoster. So pretty. And easy to wear. It’s made with size 15, 11 and 8 seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a snap for the clasp. Marcia wrote about it on her blog.

The bracelet is based on two of the components from her bag of possibilities. The craw and romantica pieces. I mirrored, enlarged and striped the craw component, and used the romantica piece to embellish the top. The romantica is used to cover the snap closure – see the picture below.

Snap clasp of Craw bracelet
Snap clasp of Craw bracelet

As an added note to this post: we spent the weekend with friends who live by the inter-coastal waterway. While we sat on the dock, swinging our legs and chatting I felt a sliding on my arm and out of the corner of my eye saw something slip into the water. I looked at my wrist – it was bare. My lovely bracelet had disappeared.

I’m so glad I had these great pictures, it hasn’t gone completely. Lesson learned – make sure the snap is a stronger one than Michael’s offer, and add a proper safety chain to precious jewelry.

I intend making this piece again, slightly different and of course, with the above safeguards.