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wreathpendantwhiteI reworked the Christmas wreath pendant in a range of colours, these are very quick to do and make good items for selling for charity or giving as gifts. I have hung some on 2mm tubing, but I’ll just put the others on ribbons.

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rivoli flower

These flowers both started with a zigged MRAW band – see this post for link to book and videos. The olivine rivoli flower started as a rickrack bangle, but it was too small for me, so I put a bezelled rivoli in the centre and made it into a flower. I’ve now put a brooch pin on the back.

parrottulip1parrottulip2This one is based on Kate’s parrot tulip – I made one more or less as described in the book, then made a second with a slight variation. They looked so good stacked together that I stitched them like that. I think it looks more like a water lily now!

porcelaingreyA friend who is a ceramicist made some porcelain cabochons for me, and I made this necklace for her in exchange. I made a netted bezel for one of the cabochons and put it on a twisted herringbone rope, with a double toggle fastening.

I’m still experimenting with ideas from the wonderful Contemporary Geometric Beadwork book by Kate McKinnon et al. This pendant is made by using the amazing MRAW bellyband (you can see Kate’s brilliant video of how this is done at this youtube channel), then working inwards from the bellyband to secure the rivoli and outwards from it to create the geometric surround. In the first photo you can just see the vertical white delicas of the MRAW band between the two geometric layers worked off it.

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In the second photo you can see the horns created in the top geometric layer. The bail is a distorted square (Jean Power). This pendant is in the same family as the ones shown in the previous posts Another piece inspired by “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork”, Another geometric focal, and Geometric Beadwork. I have lots of ideas for further variations on this theme.

I’ve also been working on some flowers using Kate’s “zigged bellyband” – there’s a video of that too on the youtube channel. I just need to finish off the threads and take photos of those and I’ll put them on here to show you.