Purple is the colour of wealth and royalty! It's also my older sister's favourite colour...so it does have a natural place in my work. I've twinned the number six this time, with the copper 'ruler' bit from a set of charms gifted by said sister and a black one from an old work calculator that was well past it's prime!! Silver, copper, light purples and violets were added for contrast. The lovely art deco silver button is from my vintage collection. The copper wire 'spring' was hand wrapped by me on a metal mandrel, that had been gifted to me in a beading class. No, I've never held glass to a flame to make beads, but I'm destined to do that one of these days.
I saw an article in the Cloth Paper Scissiors magazine a while back, that showed how to cover old buttons with paper to use in mixed media work. Well, of course, I had to try it, but instead of using a solid piece of paper, I collaged several bits of Japanese paper I had in my stash. I used matte acrylic medium for the collage, but modge podge would do as well. BTW, if you're going to try this at home, remember that the buttons are not washable, so it's really not a good idea to use them on clothes!
The small white piece with the tangle of beads was sent to me all the way from Kaite in Australia! She found it along the roadside, on one of her many, healthy walks around the neighbourhood!
The copper leaf has been in my stash for a while and the piece underneath it is another of the charms sent by my sister. I decided to couch the piece on with floss, to add another level of texture.
Not the best photo, but I like the angle and feel that it gives the viewer a completely different perspective on the piece. Call it my artsy photography attempt!!!
The finished piece!!! Vintage & family button jar buttons (including the collaged one), hand wrapped copper spring, pearls, bugles, miscellaneous beads, vintage sequin, de-constructed jewelry parts, road 'kill' from Australia & gifted charms. Stitches include stacked, back, flower, bocce/boucle, couching & a crazy kind of freeform netting.
Do you believe that I'm right on track with the project this year AND that I've completed six months of bead journals? As usual, I have no idea what I'm going to do for next month, but I want you to know that I do have a couple of numbers up for consideration. Ahh, you've guessed it!!! It's the number seven......but I have three or four good ones, so I'll need to hold auditions in the next couple of weeks. Lights, camera, action!!!!! Oh the suspense...........