When I began the Bead Journal Project, I had a very clear picture in my mind of what I was going to do, thinking I had everything I'd need right here on hand. Silly me. I could have SWORN I had enough leather scraps to back a dozen pages/purse flaps and to make the purse as well. Oh my, no I did not. The quality of leather I wanted was cost prohibitive considering my budget, but with a background in reutilization I trekked over to my favorite thrift store. I found this 80's Olivia-Newton-John-as-hooker jacket (the padded shoulders were ENORMOUS!). It had a tear in one sleeve and was on sale for only $4.50!
Not only did it yield enough yardage for the page/flap backs and the purse, but there's enough left over for a dozen bracelets and maybe even a hat. How cool is that.
So. Progress report time:
To answer the questions from my last progress report:
@ Brenda: I found the focal beads in a box of practice inlay slabs. Someone, somewhere, was practicing their inlay technique - layering thin slices of gemstone onto larger pieces of shale, sectioned off with thin strips of metal, then cut into shapes. You see this a lot in the New Indian Jewelry - scroll down for great examples. The pieces I used here have slices of coral, opal, obsidian, quartz and agate. The larger triangular piece is riddled with flaws and I chose it for that very reason. It was a little on the fragile side, so I gave it a coat of liquid glass to keep the slices from flaking off.
@ NancyK: The spiral necklace is just a regular spiral with different sized beads, including triangles.
@ freebird: For this project I had an overall idea and general direction, but when I get to the actual beading, things have a tendency to go their own way, hence all the scribbles as things progress.
The general theme for July is Fire, with a self portrait as a sub-theme (my birthday is this month), and it may even make sense at the end.