Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kaz Baildon Bead Giveaway Blog Hop--Imagine what you Will!

Fun, floral yellow and orange lampwork bead I received!

My sincere apologies. I have photos to share for my entry into the "Kaz Baildon Bead Giveaway Blog Hop" hosted by Lesley Watt of "Thea Jewelry" and "TheaToo."   The blog hop home is Lesley's "The Gossiping Goddess."   Earlier this Fall I was one of several randomly selected to receive a free bead from a huge stash very kindly gifted to Lesley by the talented glass artist Kaz Baildon. I have felt so lucky receiving this bead, trying various designs, and achieving a final product.

Unfortunately both my camera and my laptop went out days apart last week, and I've been struggling to load photos from the new camera. I'm going to keep trying, but in the meantime, I'll take you on an imaginary tour. Later when I can insert the photos, you can see how closely they match the creation you imagined!

I was given a very large lampwork bead with rather "mod-like" flowers in bright orange and yellow!   (I found my  "before" photos I took and have added those at least.  The photo of the bead I received now appears 2nd from the top.  Like other things I can't get to cooperate,  that photo won't go where I try to place it!)

1) My first thought was to turn it into a 60's look by adding beads of purple to go with more beads in orange. I tried, but just couldn't pull the look off.

2) My next thought was just just go with more beads to match the colors in the lampwork bead flowers--yellow and orange. Somehow, I just couldn't make that look very enticing either.

Brass beadcaps I made to go with the lampwork bead.
(Now if only I could show you the finished piece!   I'll keep trying!)

3) The third and final attempt I made was to subdue the bright orange and yellow a bit, and complement them with brass.   I handmade beadcaps from brass rings I punched, embossed, darkened the ridges, then cleaned the rest of the brass to a bright finish again. 

Behold!   Necklace photos!

  I had some rectangular antique brass beads with an embossed pattern and I used those as dangles with brass chain.  Beneath each bead in the dangle is either a small orange or small yellow bead, just to tie the colors back in again.   Otherwise, the chain, beads, and beadcaps are all brass.      I think it takes a cheerful pattern and gives it a slightly more sophisticated look.   Hopefully you can see for yourself soon!   
And one more!   Thanks for your patience!

In the meantime, please take a look at these great entries!   Thanks for coming by!  (With special thanks to Lesley and Kaz for making this special event possible!)  --Sharyl

Cory Tompkins - 
Rebecca Anderson -
Marie Cramp -   Marie is unwell and has had to withdraw
Claire Braunbarth -
Heidi Post - http://
Tiffany Smith -
Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson -
Ailsa Cordner -
Linda Landig -
Caroline Dewison -
Renetha -
Kari Asbury -
Niky Sayers -
Purple Cobwebs -
Cilla Watkins -
Therese Frank - 
 Claire Ennis -
 Emma -
Kathy Lindemer - 
Alicia -
Sandy Huntress -
Lori Bowring Michaud -
Amy -
Katherine Gale -



Purple Cobwebs said...

Can't wait to see your photos. The descriptions are fab!

Alice said...

Ah technology--gotta love it or hate it, and sometimes its both. I'm sorry your camera and laptop pooped out on you just when you need them.

I've got a visual of what your piece looks like and I'll bet I'm not even close to the real thing. But I do know it will be fabulous!!