Inspired By Nature Bee Challenge Necklace

IBN Bee Challenge Full Necklace by The Beading YoginiIBN Bee Challenge Close Up by The Beading YoginiThe Inspired By Nature Challenge this week: BEES…………………………………………………………………………………………………. Honey Dipped!

Of course who could resist adding an image of a bee. The design process for this was lots of fun. I’ve included a bee image and focal bead created from one of Catherine Moore’s Character Constructions rubber stamps. The focal bead is made out of FIXIT Clay and patina was applied using Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks. Add in a few of my orphan lampwork glass beads and this piece oozes of honey. All the while I was listening to Honey Songs by Jim Lauderdale and the Dream Players, with a bit of Led Zepplin for good measure. Absolute pleasure when I can use many jewelry making techniques in a single piece. Enjoy the sweetness.

Bead Table Wednesday July 27, 2011

The Beading Yogini's Bead Table Wednesday 7.27.11 AThe Beading Yogini's Bead Table Wednesday 7.27.11My Bead Table Wednesday photo shoot for July 27, 2011. Unfortunately, the table has been in this state for several days. It’s been a busy week so far. In one area of my non beading life, I assist a friend with mock trials. We had four jury sessions yesterday and that pretty much consumed twelve hours yesterday. But, the good news is, all went well and I believe the legal firm found the information helpful. Sad, but fascinating case too.

My scorpion torch has been cool as of late. My propane regulator froze up the other day. No worries, a replacement is in the works. It’s also hot and that’s why working with clay is the attraction this week. I love the tactile hands on feel of sculpting clay. Then, of course the color fun with glazes and patinas. Different skill set than when making lampwork beads, but some overlap too.

Fiddleheads Necklace

Forest Floor Challenge Focal by The Beading YoginiForest Floor Challenge Necklace V4 by The Beading YoginiAnother challenge piece here for the Inspired By Nature jewelry series by Heather Powers. This weeks theme is the Forest Floor. It’s been some time since I’ve been for a stroll in the forest, perhaps five years or more. So, it took me a while to remember, then I recalled that when I lived in New England, I was fascinated the first time that I saw fiddlehead ferns. This piece finally gave me an opportunity to take a stab at needle felting. The focal for this necklace is needle felted, embroidered and sewn on to a hammered copper frame. A small wire coiled bail, some copper links and micro macrame cord with seed beads, a few of my tiny lampwork glass beads, finished off with some silk sari yarn by Design Talented One, and  a polymer clay toggle bead clasp that I made years ago. The necklace is lightweight and is adjustable in length.


Tree Challenge Necklace

Here’s my entry for the Inspired By Nature weekly challenge: Trees… the idea of trees is pretty inspiring, especially so here in the Mojave Desert. My favorite tree isn’t really botanically a tree, although it is referred to as a tree. Have you figured it out yet? Of course, it’s the Joshua Tree. Otherwise known as Yucca brevifolia (read more about it here.) Perhaps one of the slowest growing trees around. I’ve grown a few from seed and they are now about eight years old and only knee high in height. They are related to the lily and garlic family. For this design, I decided to pull out my alphabet metal stamps and incorporate a favorite saying of mine: DIRT WORSHIPING TREE HUGGER! Another thrill was using my Joshua Tree rubber stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps (if you like rubber stamps, this place is a must see , but I digress…) and creating a focal bead incorporating a piece from Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Industrial Chic line. Add a few interesting beads, some C-Lon cord and some micro macrame knots and that’s the end of this story. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

4 IBN Tree Challange Dirt by The Beading Yogini5 IBN Tree Challange Worshiping by The Beading Yogini6 IBN Tree Challenge Tree by The Beading Yogini7 IBN Tree Challange Hugger by The Beading Yogini3 IBN Tree Challenge by The Beading Yogini2 IBN Tree Challenge by The Beading Yogini1 IBN Tree Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Seeing Red In The Garden Necklace

6 ABS July 2011 by The Beading Yogini

Surprise, it’s not a micro macrame jewelry piece. This necklace was created for the Art Bead Scene July Challenge. Each month a work of art is featured and used as inspiration for the design process. This month, the art is Morning in the Garden at Vaucresson by Edouard Vuillard.  Lovely color pallet to play with and I decided the emphasis for this piece would be the reds and pinks. I made a clay button for the focal piece of the necklace, added some of my orphan lampwork  glass beads and raku clay bead from XAZ. Then, some beautiful sari ribbon from  Design Talented One, in the best shade of red I’ve ever laid my hands on. Time permitting, I think I’ll try my hand at another jewelry piece using the greens and lavender tones too. More photos in the gallery below.

Morning in the garden at Vaucresson by Edouard Vuillard

ABS July Monthly Challenge Palette


Feather Challenge Micro Macrame Necklace

5 Feather Challenge by The Beading YoginiIt’s week two of the Inspired By Nature Challenge and this week, the spotlight is on feathers and or birds. Who wouldn’t be inspired by the rich hues of peacock feathers. I decided to run with the colors and create a micro macrame focal center piece for my necklace. The rest of this necklace just seemed to fall into place. If I was to name this particular piece of jewelry, I’d choose Shaktipat… defined by Wikipedia as :

Shaktipat or Śaktipāta (Sanskrit, from sakti (“(psychic) energy”) and pāta (“to fall”))[1] refers in Hinduism to the conferring of spiritual “energy” upon one person by another. Shaktipat can be transmitted with a sacred word or mantra, or by a look, thought or touch – the last usually to the ajna chakra or third eye of the recipient.

Saktipat is considered an act of grace (anugraha) on the part of the guru or the divine. Its reception cannot be forced though the recipient must be open to such an influx since it also cannot be imposed by force.[2] The very consciousness of the god or guru is held to enter into the Self of the disciple, constituting an initiation into the cult or the spiritual family (kula) of the guru.[3] It is held that Shaktipat can be transmitted in person or at a distance, through an object such as a flower or fruit or else by telephone or letter.[4]

And, another route of transmission is by a soft tap on the head with a peacock feather.

Sketchbook Project 2011

DirtyHippie by The Beading Yogini

Last year I decided to participate in the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project 2011. It was lots of fun to throw together my sketchbook using journaling, collage, drawing and painting techniques. The sketchbooks of the participants travel around the USA and many have now been scanned and loaded into a digital library. I really enjoy browsing artists books and seeing what everyone is up to. Some very amazing artists out there!

ChickenScratch by The Beading Yogini






























On The Table

Bead Table Wednesday July 6, 2011 by TBYIt’s Bead Table Wednesday (group created by Heather Powers) and this is what’s cookin’ on my table today. Lots of fun at the hot torch the other day. Now, for the really fun part… pulling the beads off the mandrels and cleaning the bead release out of those tiny little holes. Really, it’s a meditation practice all by itself.

By the way, my Willow Challenge necklace was a winner. Stay tuned for more Inspired by Nature Challenge pieces in the upcoming weeks.