Bead Hoarder’s Blog Hop
Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things blog is hosting this hop. Our challenge is to use a bead or beads we have been hoarding and make something. We all have stashes of beads we buy, thinking we are going to make something but have no idea what it is yet. The beads end up laying around in our storage area and we add more beads. I am guilty of this for sure.
I chose this octopus bracelet component from Bead Freaky. I love octopi. I love this little guy, and he has laid in the drawer long enough. Because I chose black, I’ve just had a hard time being inspired by what to make. At first, I had only a title for the piece: Black Water. Those of you who know me, know I go for music to match my blog and post but Black Water by the Doobie Brothers is about the Mississippi River and I think there are no octopi there. There was a movie trailer for a film called Black Water but it was about giant crocodiles, so no octopi there. I decided to go for fantasy art.
I found this wallpaper which was free and no artist I can credit. I love this. It’s weird and wonderful.
I also found this Kraken. Now who does not like Kraken? That’s the photo I decided to go with so it’s off to PicMonkey to make a photo collage I can work with.
I could not find an artist to credit with this one either so I’ll refer you back to the blog where I found it, a WordPress blog by M.L. Aitken, a “fantasy devotee” from their Mythical
Creatures post. Check it out. There is also a cool picture of the Lock Ness monster.
Anyhow, it’s settled. When I think of Black Water, I think of mystery and danger and mythical creatures. I think of moon and starlight, silvery-gold, reflecting off dark waters. I think of shivers, that aren’t just chills from the fog as I gaze down into those dark waters wondering what lies below.
I started with a ceramic bracelet focal I had been hoarding, from Bead Freaky. I wasn’t sure which chain I was going to use until I started going through the box of chain. I found this weird gunmetal chain with a sort of ropey, nautical look that I had found at the thrift shop (me….humming the Thrift Shop tune….) Original intent was to add some copper chain, but I didn’t like the way that looked. Now, I know this is plain but I want the eye to go to my little octopus/kraken, not his accessories. I settled for copper bead caps with silver headpins and I’ve got some really mixed metals. I used hematite beads. Real black would be too dark for black water and hematite has that silvery patina of shimmery water.;
Love this hop. I managed to use my focal I had been hoarding AND that weird chain I picked up on a whim. Thanks, Lori, for putting this together. Let’s go see what the rest of the ladies made.