I was lucky to be selected last month to work on a Beadwork magazine challenge. I absolutely fell in love with the kit they mailed me, courtesy of Goody Beads!
I’m more of a seed-bead addict, so the creative challenge, to work with leather and metal was fun – and actually a really good learning experience!
I sketched out several options and thought, hey, maybe it’s time to play with the pieces on a board, like a puzzle? I definitely wanted to incorporate the Swarovski 13mm crystal skull I had purchased a few months ago. After making a seed bead cabochon enclosure for the gorgeous turquoise stone focal , I had the inspiration! It reminded me of a vacation in Tulum, Mexico. The sea was an ever-changing mix of turqoise, green and dark blue – just like the colors in this focal. My honey and I also traipsed through the ancient ruin of Tulum, and in spite of the heat and crowds, were so happy we did. What a site! I would love to go back and explore sometime.
Once I found (and purchased) a fun and funky vintage silver ‘totem’ bracelet (said to be made in Mexico in the 1930s), the design took shape. I wanted to incorporate the chain included in the kit, as well as the lovely turquoise colored round beads to echo the color of the focal. I attached the chain to the leather strap with small pieces of black waxed linen, adding beads to the ends.
Here’s a better shot of the crystal skull…