Friday, March 26, 2010

Solaris necklace...and another starfish

My latest custom orders have been shipped off to their new owners, and I'm still waiting with baited breath to find out whether they are happy with them.  The suspense is killing me!  I need to know that they love what I have created for them.  I need to know that I have read their minds correctly and have brought their vision to beaded fruition.

So whilst I'm waiting impatiently, I will show them here and ask what you think.

The client wanted a necklace to wear to the office.  She liked my 'Angelus' necklace but didn't want the large angel-like pendant hanging from the centre, and she wanted it in beige tones, not silver.  The result is a VERY simple simple, in fact, that I had to ask my husband to tie my hands behind my back so I wouldn't embellish it anymore.  

Less is more, less is more, less is more...  

The Czech fire-polished beads in copper lustre add a little sparkle without being too over-the-top.  The finished necklace reminded me of rays of sunlight (ok, so you might need to squint your eyes...and use your imagination a little...), and so I have named her 'Solaris':

A sweet little seven year old is the recipient of the following necklace.  She loves the ocean and all its creatures, and turquoise is her favourite colour (well it is this week, but she reserves the right to change her mind...she is seven, after all).  So a starfish was in order.  But this starfish is different to my other starfish...because it has a backside!  It hangs from a looooong tubular herringbone rope so that the little darling can slip the necklace straight over her pretty head.  What seven year old wants to be fiddling with a clasp!  

I am still planning on offering a free tutorial for my starfish, particularly now that I have my swanky new 21.5 inch iMac complete with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and the works.  So I will try to squeeze it in somewhere between designing my website, fulfilling custom orders, creating new designs, entering competitions, looking after my two babies, loving my husband, cleaning the house, brushing my teeth... 

Did I mention that I've given up sleep?

Be well!


  1. Belinda--I think you did a beautiful job on both necklaces. "Solaris" is what I'd call "understated elegance"--she can go from the office to a night out very easily. The "starfish" is something anyone, young or old, would love. Especially if they're a lover of the ocean. Been following your blog for a long time--I think you were just pregnant with your first little one. It's an enjoyable journey. CJ

  2. ....your comments are hilarious...;o)
    but your Beadwork is beautiful as always,the name "Solaris" is perfekt for this amazing necklace...... Kisses Andrea

  3. Thanks CJ! 'Understated elegance' is something that I struggle with...I have to try REALLY hard not to over-embellish! LOL I'm so glad that you enjoy following my blog, and my journey. Thanks again! B.

    Thanks Andrea! What is life without laughter! ;-) B. -xo-

  4. What a great blog you have here Belinda. Such great work. Lucky the ones who received. Nicole sent me to visit. Both of you do great work. Very nice blog. Have a great week.

  5. Thank you so much for dropping by, Gloria (Nicole is such a sweetheart for sending you!) You're welcome here anytime ;-) I wish you a great week also! :-)

  6. In my opinion both necklaces are amazing! I especially adore the idea of your Solaris and I think I could wear it anywhere not only in the office :)
    And please tell me your secret - how can you live on without sleep??? I should learn that, as well, and might be able to spend more time beading :)
    Lots of love, Niki

  7. Thanks Niki! Well, my eight month old son is sleeping TERRIBLY at the moment...poor little guy is teething :-( So I'm not getting much sleep anyway. May as well just stay up and bead ;-) LOL B. -xo-


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