I’m so excited about today’s reveal. Karen Williams and I hatched this crazy scheme when I interviewed her for the podcast. I love the way she tells stories as she beads and has her own adventure, and I wanted more people to have as much fun as we were having!
I figured there’d be about 10 of us, but 36 fabulous beaders have accepted the challenge to play with freeform and post what they come up with. An active Freeform Peyote Facebook Group has also sprouted, and we would love for you to join us!
My ideas kept melding and shifting together throughout this process. First of all, I wanted to do freeform with spikes. I got the color inspiration from the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash challenge– use blue and brown, and there was a photo of Alaska’s Denali. I got out all my beads to start my simple bracelet, when BAM- inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks!
It morphed into a crazy, ambitious necklace! It took on the shape of the United States like if you cut it out of butter and let it melt a bit, hehe. All the textured freeform become the terrain, and I could move my mountains (baby spikes) wherever I wanted. There are about 8 of them embedded in the piece. I lined up my work with the sketch to help guide me in creating the shape.
I still have the neck straps and chains to finish, and I’m going back in to work on it after I finish this post. I just added up my time in Google calendar, and I’ve clocked 33 hours on this piece so far!
Below are my chain samples to help me choose the right combination. I’m hoping to choose the final chains and finish it up today. Then I can post the done picture!
Update: I’ve finished the necklace, but now that I’ve photographed it, I think I might add one more strap up top. I will say I’m very proud of the result!
I would like to invite you to admire the other pieces created for this challenge! Here is the list of participants: