The challenge: Find an object in your home or from the outdoors and combine it with freeform peyote to make something to post on reveal day.
My inspiration: At my day job, we print big graphics on banners and trade show booths etc. One of my favorite jobs is printing for NY Fashion Week, which is how I came across Jesse. His line is called Realm Jewelry, and he make the coolest pieces ever with safety pins!
Found Object: Safety Pins
I found all the objects for my project in my studio as well! I took an owl charm and broke of the bail. Then, I sewed it to a piece of green-grey fish leather.
Since its a necklace, I wanted to be sure it would fit well. I roughly sketched out what I wanted the overall shape to be, and where the chain would attach.
At this stage I decided to focus on the green palette only since it was going to be so crazy. I also decided to leave out the big stuff and use size 15, 11, 8, and 6 seed beads mostly.
I love to look back at these pictures, and how it grows. There are hundreds of tiny decisions that shape the whole thing!
I worked hard to shape the left side up, after my tension had curved it the opposite way.
I decided to do more in this area to achieve the look by folding and stitching a section down, so more could be added. I also worked to created two definite edges on the bottom, and using the darker beads helped achieved that.
I worked on it from about noon to 10pm on Thursday, and I am about an hour or two away from finishing it. After my event today, I plan to come home and finish it so I can post the final picture and wear it!
Update: It’s finished!
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