Friday, 15 November 2013

Freeform Peyote Beading: Captured Treasures Blog Hop

For years I've been saying I want to unleash my inner freeformer, and I have made a few pieces with which I am reasonably happy. I do feel, however, that I am holding back from true exploration, so a bit of a push is sometimes welcome. I decided to take part in a blog hop organised by Mandi Ainsworth via the Freeform Peyote Beading group on Facebook. The brief was to use a 'found' object and capture it in Peyote. I thought this would be a big inspiration, but in fact I ended up 'dithering' for the longest time as to which of my 'found objects I could use: a rock, a shell, an acorn and a twig were all attempted with messy and unaesthetic results. Then a few days ago I was passing the 'free to a good home' table at work, and saw some discarded glass vials, still in the original box and unused.




They are of a type of precision glassware for laboratories known as Quickfit, which has joints which can be connected to different apparatus according to the codes. These have the numbers 10/19 on them which indicates which other pieces may be joined to make up a full apparatus... I decided to turn a vial into a pendant. The stopper may well be embellished as well. Because I took so long to decide, I'm only at the beginning stage, and have decided to call my piece 'Fool's Gold' as it has Alchemical and frivolous aspects, and my colour scheme is gold. Here is my work so far:


As you can see I can keep my working soup in the vial until needed, I expect I will leave some inside to add interest. I can see a few more of these in my future, I love combining the scientific with beading!

Please take time to visit the other blogs listed below (names should be clickable). I can't wait to see what other people began with, and the results of their inspiration:

Catherine Chinoy -You are Here!

9 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Already you have performed an almost alchemical change, with your beadweaving transforming a scientific beaker into a magical elixir.

    You will definitely need to post the piece when it's finished as I'd love to see it (another blog post topic!) Like you, I'm very much in process with my piece.

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    1. Thanks Karen, I'm only sorry I din't progress as far as I'd have liked, but having seen your blog I just thought, I could have a message in this...but it could be a magic formula!

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  2. Can I just say… this is FABULOUS!!!! Oooooo PLEASE post pics when you get farther along, I am so in love!! It's a truly wonderful mix, and your chosen name is so perfect. Definitely, absolutely, magical! And, if you do more, you can guarantee I will want to purchase one - I would want this one, but I never wear gold, darn it. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I am sure this is only the prototype, I can make more and of course any colour scheme is possible, BUT I need to get the engineering and securing worked out, and then how to hang it.... but lots of possibilities!

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  3. I like the idea of the vial ..... it could hold so many different things...anxious to see it finished.

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    1. I have seen tiny bottles,, and this is rather large by comparison, but I'm sure the vial could be sealed if necessary... lots of ideas buzzing in my head for sure!

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  4. I love this! How very creative and unusual, and I think it's going to look wonderful when you're done...looking forward to it!

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  5. Wow, what an awesome find! I love where you are heading with this piece and am looking forward to seeing it finished! Also love the alchemical / whimsical reference! LOVE!

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