September 30, 2007

Exploration Collaboration

This month I teamed up with beadmaker Melanie Brooks Lukacs and designer Melissa Lee for a fun project. Melanie and I created a series of beads to send to each of us. Our mission was to create jewelry using beads from both artists and to see what the three of us would come up using the same basic elements.

I just took a peek at Melanie and Melissa's blog and I have to say I am so amazed by this process! They've created work that is completely their own style and each of us has something so different.

I created this necklace using my focal bead with a brass chain tassel and a Green Girl bird bead. The necklace incorporates Melanie's linky things and my beads with a few amazonite stones thrown in and finished off with a gunmetal brass chain.

The second necklace features another tassel. I made these for myself, so of course they have to have some dangling elements. The tassel uses a button from Mamacita Beadworks in her beehive design and Melanie's fairy in her summer color combination. The two strand necklace has pearls, boro glass, amazonite and African turquoise along with my art beads.

Not the best photo, I'll have to try again tomorrow. But two little fairies sit on top of my disk beads with brass flowers and crystal accents.

When we started this project Melanie suggested we use the color scheme from her summer fairies. I have to say I was a bit nervous when I created my series of beads, I just didn't know if I could make beads bright enough. I'm so please with the results. Visit the links above to view Melissa and Melanie's designs.

The beads created for this series were a limited edition and a few will make their way to my etsy shop.


Melissa J. Lee said...

Heather - these are so beautiful - they blow me away! I love the tassels on both necklaces. Thank you again so much for inviting me to participate in this challenge.

Rachel said...

The pieces turned out beautifully. The 2nd one down and the earrings are my favorite. It has been so fun seeing what you talented ladies have come up with with the same beads. I can't wait to see the next project. We live so close next time you have a show I would love to know so I can see your beautiful work in person. =) Rachel

melanie brooks said...

Nice work! Wow you were ambitious with three pieces! I love them all, especially the way you made the tassels.

Rosanne said...

Heather, you are just too good for me. You used all the beads in such a great way. Melanie's were very good too. You both have such unique and totally different styles. Fun challenge...

Gaea said...

What a fun project! I'm always get stuck at the "necklace", it is so nice to see an elegant pair of earrings! Beautiful!

vadjutka said...

I am really fascinated by your work.
I am really glad, tha I have found somebody who inspires me. (I hope you don't mind.)
All the best,

Judit W.

AnnieRoso said...

Wow. All the designs are beautiful in their own way. Thanks for sharing! Those fairy beads are so sweet (and of course you know I'm crazy about your beads)!

belvedere beads said...

the pair of fairies are perfect!