I have to say I love the idea of this seasonal challenge - it's a great opportunity to give your creativity a bit of a workout! I totally fell in love with Autumn's inspiration, the raven, a bird steeped in mystery and mythology the world over.
For my raven design I decided to tackle one of by biggest beading fears head on - knotting! I've had terrible trouble with it in the past and everything I tried turned out a bit lumpy and wrong. But I purchased a 100 meter spool of black Irish waxed linen and practiced practiced practiced!
I made the raven pendant from copper sheet, heavily patina-ed with liver of sulphur. I didn't realise when I was tracing, cutting the template and sawing that the raven I was basing this on had a missing feather! I only realised when I was looking at it in my hand wondering why it looked slightly wonky - I think it adds charm though. I also mussed up the protective spray lacquer a bit - I brought some new stuff and I am not particularly impressed with it! Anyone have any suggestions for a good sealant that can easily be found in the UK? Any way long story short the chap will be staying with me. What. A. Shame :P
He's joined by a fabulous ammonite bead I purchased recently, a lampwork bead by The Fyre Faerie, a white ceramic round from Grubbi and plenty of Czech glass is autumnal reds and yellows.
I think this knotting thing might catch on :)
I hope you have enjoyed visiting me here and that you will hop on over to see what the other participants have created for this wonderful challenge!
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