Found Objects Blog Hop Reveal

by Mandi Ainsworth on November 16, 2013

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!


Here are the other participants in the blog hop. Please visit them and leave a comment as each one is very special to us. Thanks!

Mandi Ainsworth – host (you are here)
Karen Williams – host

Nancy Dale
Regina Roper
Lisa Jones
Romana Tschunko
Catherine Chinoy
Annita Wilson

SaraBeth Cullinan
Therese Frank
Naan Pocen
Lies Koster
Halina Trolle
Sally Russick
Judy Pennington
Anna Belous

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen Williams November 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Very fun! And good to see I’m not the only one still in process. It’s interesting to see how you’re incorporating the saftey pins into your piece.

I look forward to seeing it finished!

Mandi Ainsworth November 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Karen, I love yours so far, too! It’s going to be amazing!! I’m home from my event and will go back to work on the owl :)

Bobbie Rafferty November 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Mandi, this is so cool! Love how you’ve incorporated the safety pins, and the owl is adorable. Can’t wait to see the finished version!

Naan November 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

A very lovely piece indeed! I love the colour and I particularly love Owls. Well done.

Lisa Jones November 17, 2013 at 6:27 am

Awesome, Mandi! I really enjoyed seeing the working photos. Never even thought of that. The safety pins are cool.

Catherine November 17, 2013 at 7:36 am

I love the owl, and safety pins are surprisingly at home in freeform peyote!

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