Bead Journal Project

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Flaws and All

I have worked all day on my February project and have ended up pretty much right back where I started from. My original idea was to treat the jade Quan Yin pendant like a cabochon but I didn't want to mount it on anything. Attempts to free-form the backing with beads were unsuccessful so I went on to other approaches. I didn't like any of them. In the process I discovered a hairline crack in the jade. I don't know how fragile the crack makes the pendant. At that point I had to decide if I still wanted to use it. I decided that the flaw was pretty realistic of where I am at these days - not what I used to be but still going. It is the support of others which makes the difference. So I will provide the jade with support by mounting her on a piece of suede and using that to anchor the beading. Symbolically and technique wise it works.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 2012 Bead Journal Project

My January project is finally complete.  Last January I had a mastectomy and became part of the "pink" community.  I am definitely not a pink person, especially what I identify as "breast cancer pink".  Red, quite definitely, or fuchsia or magenta.  Anything that is rich and lively.  This necklace is my protest.  If I am going to be part of a pink community I want it to be on my own terms.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Beader's Block

When I put the clasp on the necklace and actually put it on it didn't hang right. Now I am having a hard time deciding how to put it together. I am in my familiar state of having this gloriously complicated image in my head and simplifying the actual project to the point that it looks nothing like my vision. I don't consider myself to be a rigid person but my art says differently. One of my goals for the Bead Journal Project is to loosen up.