So I've clearly not been around much over the past month. I've been quite busy and haven't been able to bead as much as I'd like, mainly because I had to go into hospital to have two of my wisdom teeth out. Quite frankly the break was lovely and it was absolutely delicious to have a few hours of down time in the hospital! Luckily they did it as a day patient and under general anaesthetic so I mainly spent the morning reading a book and chilling out and then the afternoon asleep! Hurrah! Mummy was an absolute star and looked after Xander, but because I was quite pants and sleepy afterwards, he was a little unsettled - autistic kids and their rigid routines eh?! Daddy also bought me ice cream and that was fantastic!
Anyways, I recently had a commission from a lady at Mummy's work to make a long lariat in gold That's the only brief I had - that it was a lariat and that it was gold! I immediately thought of Gustav Klimt and his skilled use of gold, especially in his portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer and the Tree Of Life (which incidentally, I have a print of in my hallway!). I knew that there was no way I could replicate his panache in a lariat so I decided to go back to the basics and try and use his mosaic aspect of different hues of gold.
This is the result:
In this close-up you can see how many shades of gold I used. I think I must have used pretty much every hue and finish of gold seed bead there is!
And at the bottom of the lariat, to give it some weight, I used lots of gold and amber glass beads with some goldstone thrown in as well to give it some sparkle.
Unfortunately, I'm not a major fan of gold. I don't really
know why but it just doesn't feel as comfortable for me. I much prefer
the coolness and understatement of silvers and steels, gold just feels
too blingy to me! So there you have it, not my favourite piece by a long way but I understand the lady who wanted it was thrilled to bits with it.