Thursday, 4 February 2010

Fish, Flowers and Trees - 1 Week and 23 Beads Later...

My journey into the realms of Focal Beads has taken me by surprise. Having made the first couple of Flower Focals I knew I was hooked, but I have been surprised by how much these little beads took over my creativity for over a week.



I was like a thing possessed! Most of you who know me, know that I am a butterfly, always flitting around from one technique to another, from one style to another and usually when I have made one or two of something, then I am off looking for the next exciting thing I can make in polymer.
Not this time. First a series of 8 Flower Focals. Then I had images of fish in my head and knew that I would have no rest until I had captured them swimming all over my beads and in and out of reeds and weeds.



So several days later I had another series and another 8 Fish Focals.

Then I had images of Birds Flying....unfortunately, these proved more tricky. I did not want a "cute" looking bird and that's what I kept ending up with. Frustrated and surrounded by various canes of all shapes sizes and colours (you should have seen my work table - talk about no room to work!) I decided that the birds were obviously waiting for warmer weather before allowing me to capture them.
By now I would ususally be thinking of the next new project - some Mica Shift maybe? Or perhaps some valentines hearts? I really should be making stock for Saturday's Craft Fair at Cirencester, but no - my muse demanded yet more Focal Beads and suddenly I knew what I wanted to put on them. Trees. Trees in winter against glowering skies, trees just coming into blossom in the spring before the leaves have had a chance to show themselves, trees in all their summer glory - autumn leaves drifting...I think you get the picture.



So 9 hours later I have another 7 Focals with Trees. Phew!

I am so happy with these beads - a completely different style of work for me and it has been great doing them.
Now I can finally start on something completely different - unless of course I do a series of butterfly ones......Hmmmm.!

6 comments:

PeculiarForest said...

awesome, are you going to turn them into anything or just leave them as beads?

x

Pips said...

Hi Lou!

They are going to be for sale just as beads. I keep being asked at the craft fair if I sell my beads on their own, so I thought I would do some in a completely different style from my jewellery and see how they go - keeping fingers crossed :)

treasurefield said...

Oh MY! Is it possible my favorites are... the fish??? I'm usually such a leaf and tree person ;) but those fish are awesome!!
I think ALL of you r work is beautiful, by the way. I hope I can "catch" one of those fish beads when they're available, not to mention one with branches sprouting new baby leaves!
^_^

Gemma said...

Love 'em all! Fish are my faves too

Melobeau said...

Pips, It is rare that I find myself so TOTALLY enamored of a "new to me" artist's work. I am stunned (and inspired) by your LOVELY floral, fish, and tree sets. As soon as I get time I want to look back over more of your work.

Pips said...

Treasurefield, thank you so much - what a lovely comment!

Thank you so much Gemma!

Melobeau - why thank you - that is such a lovely thing to say. I am so happy you like them and I hope you enjoy browsing through my other work too.