View Full Version : Showing off! Pic of Beads in Necklace

07-06-2002, 08:16 PM
Hello, This is a photo of a necklace my mother, (Sylvia Skea, Birch Hill Studio) recently finished. I haven't seen the original yet, though she just sent me this scan.

The main focal bead is from WhiteHotGlass (Norm & Bobbie). The other elements are freshwater pearls, antique mother-of-pearl buttons, and smaller lampwork beads.

She tends to work asymetrically and in neutral colors. (I like to play with lots of color at the torch, and she's always asking me to make clear on cream colored beads!)

Hey mom, when you're finished with it, you can sent it to me in PA! What do you think? Any other photos of your lampwork in finished, wearable form to show?



(Laura, if my image doesn't show up, can you help me get it posted?)

Rose Queen
07-06-2002, 08:21 PM
Your mother does fantastic work and she really has an eye for selecting the various components. Welcome to WetCanvas, yourself, by the way!

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Shirley C.
07-06-2002, 09:50 PM
Valorie, thanks for showing that picture. It's a really wonderful piece - your mom does terrific work!

I haven't done an asymmetrical necklace in a long time. I really like them, but it takes an awful lot of discipline for me to make one that way. I keep slipping back into my symmetrical comfort zone. I think you've just given me a challenge. :)

07-06-2002, 10:05 PM
Shirley, Thanks for the comments! I hope it does indeed inspire you to play with the asymetrical designs. They are a challenge, but fun! I also tend to lean toward the symetrical, very structured, formal patterns, and she encourages me in my beadmaking, and designs to keep things a little off-balanced visually.

I forgot to mention the piece also incorporates a bit of carved bone beads, antique and new, as they have the colors she is so fond of.


07-06-2002, 10:18 PM
Ooh. I LOVE it!

07-06-2002, 10:20 PM
beautiful valorie! (and beautiful bead, bobby!)

lynne, who has to work at doing/being asymetrical :D

07-06-2002, 10:21 PM
Love the combination of beads and pearls. It's a very special piece. Nice!

07-06-2002, 10:53 PM
Love that necklace, Valorie! Mom done good. Asymmetry is my personal preference. Too much symmetry sort of grates on me...doesn't mean I don't automatically DO it, though. I took Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) when I lived in Japan, and I really thing that helped focus me in that direction...

I'll post jewelry tomorrow... Now, off to make more BEADS! B2

07-07-2002, 12:00 AM
Valorie what an incredible necklace ! ! ! It is such a great feeling to see a final piece with one of my beads. Designing is way over my head. I love to make beads but haven't a clue as what to do with one of them. Thanks for showing it off.


07-07-2002, 12:07 AM
Bobby, I'm so glad you were on-line to see your bead in a necklace, your beads are fantastic!

I'm with you, I love making beads, but am stumped when it comes to stringing them. My mother is a natural at it! She also is very good at keeping good records of bead artists, and giving them credit, and photos of the finished pieces. I trust other beaders do the same for us lampworkers.


Laura Brito
07-07-2002, 12:53 AM

What a lovely necklace! I don't seem to have any time anymore to do them! :( But I am going to Big Bear this next week for 4 days, yippe, I need a break! and I am going to bring all my art supplies...poor hubby :angel: , and I will take a batch of beads for a necklace I have had bouncing around in my head now for about 2 months! :clap: , so when I get back maybe I will share hehe :rolleyes: but I am sure it won't be anything like the one above! hehe, it is very nice! :D

Well I must be feeling better now that I started using those cute little faces hehe


07-07-2002, 12:38 PM
I love the asymetrical designs. And I love minimalist designs. It is so hard to do well, for me. For me, it takes hour upon hour. Nice necklace! Your mom is lucky to have a daughter like you.

07-07-2002, 03:57 PM
oh, that's gorgeous!

Anne Londez
07-07-2002, 04:30 PM
Beautiful necklace and beads :clap:

And I have a question for Carolyn... how do you make the effect on the bead you show under your name ?

Carol Saker
07-07-2002, 06:18 PM

You have a really talented mom! I love the style and overall composition of the necklace - makes me want to go to the ocean.

Thanks for your very kind words on my necklace too! I am a self-conscious beginner that gets nervous posting things and your comments made my day. :D


07-07-2002, 08:15 PM
Hmmmmm. talented Mom also, I see it runs in the family, beautiful necklace.

07-08-2002, 01:18 AM
Originally posted by Anne Londez
Beautiful necklace and beads :clap:

And I have a question for Carolyn... how do you make the effect on the bead you show under your name ?

Long story short....this came from a Loren Stump class in 97, sort of a "how do I?"--"why don't you try?" thing.

Large clear base, good way to use up ends. :D
Stripe on your choice of colors--I used two stripes each of lime and ivory. Case the whole thing, heat and twist. Wrap carefully around the base bead, melt in gently, and case. It works better to hold the cane at a 45 degree angle to the bead, and pull straight off where the ends meet.

You can add goldstone, silvered ivory, filigrana, etc. for an extra spark.

:) :)

Shirley C.
07-08-2002, 02:10 AM
You got me thinking about another asymmetrical necklace that I made ages ago - 6 years ago, in fact. So I dug it out of my box and scanned it.

This was done long before I started making beads - in fact, I wasn't even aware of the existence of lampwork beads at the time. The "branches" in the center are river coral from Alaska. The rest is made up of seed pods, wood, copper, brass, and a few small glass beads. Sorry about the fuzzy image - it was rather big, and WC resized it.


07-08-2002, 02:19 AM
Shirley.....cooooooooooooool necklace.
Is there hope for an "a-retential" to do asymmetrical.
The more I see designs the more I know that I will have to learn how to make something someday.

Shirley C.
07-08-2002, 02:27 AM
Thanks, Bobby!

Hey, if I can put something together that flies in the face of "order and symmetry", YOU can do it! With my computer programming background, it was really hard for me to break out of my typically structured approach to design. I was inspired by a picture in an old Ornament magazine.

I'd love to see your jewelry designs - your beads are wonderful, and I think your jewelry would be as well!

Anne Londez
07-08-2002, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by bluhealer

Large clear base, good way to use up ends. :D
Stripe on your choice of colors--I used two stripes each of lime and ivory. Carolyn
:) :)

Thanks for the answer. I'll try that and let you know how it went. I love the look.