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Monday, November 19, 2012

Berries and Leaves Artisan Whimsy Challenge

This is my piece for the Artisan Whimy's November challenge - Berries and Leaves.

I used copper wire to hand form holly leaves which I veined with silver lined green glass beads.  I was also very excited to use some handmade paper beads by Dee Rick of  Passion For Paper Beads. The berries are very small, about 3mm, red coral beads on fine gauge balled copper headpins.  I also used 4mm green malachite beads, and rubberized red rounds and green leaf shapes.

After looking at it for a bit, I have decided that, while I really wanted to love the paper beads in this piece, they just are not intense enough.  So, I replaced them with red rubberized round beads - the same material as the green beads that I used.  I don't like the beads as well as the handmade paper beads, but they may just be my bias toward handmade beads.

I will be giving this necklace away during the Artisan Whimsy Market 2012 Holiday Collection Cyber Sale.

Be sure to check it out HERE to enter to win and I also want to invite you to enjoy 15% off on everything in my shop during the Artisan Whimsy Market Cyber Sale.  


Sherri Stokey said...

I agree - I love the handmade paper beads, but the stronger color of the red rubberized beads works better in this design. I love your wire holly leaves.

supere67 said...

I like the paper beads. They just give the necklace a different look - just not what you were looking for.

Sharon Driscoll said...

The paper beads will return in a new conception - but the rubberized berry color was just perfect for this necklace. Great design Jean.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is so pretty Miss Jean! I thought that this was a wreath for your door. That design might translate well to a wreath with a heavier wire gauge. Very cool. Enjoy the day. Erin

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

I love this design. I'm so glad that paper beads are being taken seriously by jewelry artists. They are a unique little form of art, too long forgotten.