With the fabulous weather we've been having, I decided that my May bead journal should be painted with the colour of the sun. May is for bountiful blooms, the promise of lazy summer days, sipping cool drinks and basking in golden rays!! It also helps that I still had the yellow beads out from my earlier brooch making projects. Why waste a perfectly good, messy work area?
My five was snatched from an old computer keyboard and then distressed with Baroque Art, Guilders Paste in German Silver (which really looks like an antique gold). I'm sure that there are many suppliers, but I found mine at Bead Fx in Toronto. Like a true technique addict, I spotted the product on their website and decided that I needed some for my stash! Now I have five or six colours and will probably, eventually, end up with the entire line. It's waxy, like shoe polish, easy to apply and a little goes a long way! It's meant for antiquing all sorts of things (including wood), so I'll be playing with it more in the future! I wound sock yarn around the base of the key, to fill in the empty space, as it really wasn't suitable for bezelling with peyote (the wide key was on top of a fairly narrow base). I love the look of the soft yarn against the black key and the hard beaded textures!
Did you spot the dragonfly?
Components in this section include buttons and a bronze buckle from the family button box, an old clasp and metal beads from a deconstructed necklace. The star was a fairly recent purchase, but I thought it added to the effect!
I used a smaller vintage button this time and to my surprise, it seems to be a horseshoe! I'm not exactly sure about the significance, but it has some sparkly bits, other carved sections at the top, down the centre and on both sides. My eyes are not good enough to figure out what they are, but it's an interesting piece. Perhaps it's telling me to buy a lottery ticket before the month is over!!!
The small shell button at the top is a fairly new purchase, but I think that it fits the theme quite well. It reminds me of a wee window, sitting prettily at the top of the house. I wonder who peeks out from behind that window? Any thoughts?
The finished piece in all it's sunny glory!!! The belt buckle reminds me of a garden gate and the dragonfly is flitting here and there, looking for the perfect place to land. Do dragonflies land, or do they just flit about endlessly? Perhaps I should have included some running water, to add to the ambiance!! No, you say? It would be too hard to control, you say? I say, never say never!!! Water coming up in some future piece..... I think.........or should I say I promise?
Odds and sods of beads, attached with back, stacked, wildflower and boucle/bocce stitches. The cool little wildflower stitch can be found in Robin Atkins "Hearts to Hands Bead Embroidery" book.
Now on to June.................