Free Form Vase

By Janet Edkins

Bead weaving jewelry artist channelling the healing power of Gaia's crystal & stone gifts.
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June 19, 2020

This vase was a follow up to the bead challenge of the Hibiscus. That is peyote stitch, very exact, rigid pattern, in that specific instance, in order to make a picture. I like that, I’m both right & left brained so I’m a creative who likes order!

Anyway, back to the vase. The basis of the piece is a free form cuff with a more formed stopper, made up of two separate pieces. I kinda sorta enjoyed the process though the main lesson gained from the task was an understanding free form is not really my thing. I like more structure. Even though I regularly add tassels and free form bits & pieces to my beaded stone and shell captures there is usually form to what I do.

The cuff has any number of different beads and that allowed me to get familiar with many more bead shapes, types & sizes in sharp order. I’m sure I would have come across all of them eventually but just a few of ‘new’ shapes to me were, drops, pillows, hexagons, magatamas & long bugles, together with size 6s! Definitely not on my radar. I like tiny beads and fiddly beaded beads. More and that later…

Till next time. Enjoy the process.

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