I was so excited to discover the Bead Hoarder's blog hop! The challenge was to use beads that were too precious, or too pricey. or just too special to work with. For my projects, I chose to use components that I had put off working with because I wasn't sure where to go with them. I LOVE how both of them turned out! Please ignore the darkness of the pictures. I had to take them all indoors. It has been rather dreary here in Georgia the last few days. So without further ado, here is the first project!
This is a component that I had put together about three years ago. The crisscrossed piece was originally from a piece of jewelry my friend had given me to cannibalize in my own design. I then wrapped some gears and a pocketwatch face onto it. I've loved the piece since I made it, but I was having trouble deciding on what to do with it. After looking at it for a while, I decided the best way to go with it would be leather. I was so happy to finally get into my leather stash. This is the first bracelet I made with my leatherworking tools. Here is how it turned out:
For my second project, I decided to use some rocks that I had picked out of a rock garden because I thought they were beautiful. I decided to make them into a necklace. I glued them to leather and then sewed over top of them and added some gold paint for a little flash. The tie is fair trade sari silk from Nepal. He probably wouldn't want me to tell you this, but the model for the necklace was my little brother. I'm lucky he loves me! He has a nice collarbone for necklaces though, and a long neck so his head doesn't get in the way of the light.
I loved participating in this challenge! If anyone knows of any other blog hops going on, let me know please!