With intricate patterns and impressive silhouettes, seed bead jewelry designs are more than stylish accessories, they are works of art! Today I’m delighted to share some stunning seed bead creations with you from Artbeads customer, Betty! Betty created these necklaces using TOHO™ 8/0 Seed Beads and Miyuki 11/0 Delicas. For the centerpieces she used a cloisonné butterfly, a fox brooch from the 1960’s and an old metal casting of a tiger with her cubs. Betty writes, “I never draw out the design. I ‘paint’ with beads which, as you know, are very forgiving. If a design doesn’t look right, I cut the threads, take out the beads and re-bead until it makes me happy.”
The fox necklace was inspired by Betty’s surroundings, “I live in the Colorado Rockies and have lots of foxes so that led to the blue Colorado sky, mountains, snow and the Crsytal River below our house.”
“The tiger reminded me of Rudyard Kipling’s, Jungle Book with the phrase, ‘The great grey-green greasy Limpopo River all set about with Fever Trees’ but I just couldn’t make the river grey-green and greasy.”
“The butterfly inspired me to use several shades of green to make a leaf for the butterfly.”
Thanks to Betty for sharing these beautiful designs!
Happy Valentine’s Day!