As you may recall, this month's challenge was focused on origami. Basically, I had picked up a Deluxe Origami Jewelry Kit from Barnes and Noble on clearance, and wanted to make something with it.
After all, just look at these beautiful papers!
|These are the origami papers that were included in the kit.|
So, I got to work making things! Using the directions from the book included with the kit, I made two different designs: butterflies and kusudama units, in a variety of different sizes. And then, feeling emboldened, I went online and learned how to make origami leaves as well.
Then, once I finished pieces I was pleased with, I gave them all a nice protective coat of Triple Thick Glaze. The book recommended using polyurethane, but I decided to use what I had on hand.
Here you can see my pieces about to be glazed (including a giant butterfly that I want to make into a Christmas tree ornament at some point):
|Everything I needed: glaze, origami pieces, paintbrush, and coffee.|
Coating the pieces is what makes them sturdy enough to incorporate into jewelry... And incorporate them into jewelry, I did!
Overall, I made three sets: one for each type of origami I had learned. For fun, I'm going to show these off in the reverse order that I made them.
So! To begin with, here was my original idea for the butterfly necklace...
...And, from that, I made this is the final set:
I used orange freshwater pearls, pink mother-of-pearl rounds, and pink vintage German beads--both rounds and teardrops. I was trying to choose colors that complemented the sunshiney origami paper that I had used for the butterfly.
The second set that I made was the one with the kusudama units.
I had several to chose from--from two different color schemes: orange/pink and teal blue. Ultimately, I decided to make something with the larger orange/smaller peach units (because I already had a blue set--the leaves).
Here, I was gathering materials:
|You can't quite tell, but there really is a color difference between|
the large and small kusudama units.
...And this is the final set:
The set is made with goldenrod freshwater pearls, two different shades of crystal, and copper.
And yes, the earrings are missing earwires, because apparently I am out of copper ones. Oops. That will be remedied soon; I just wasn't able to get some in time for this reveal.
And now for my favorite set--the leaf set, which was actually the first one that I made.
Here are the materials I gathered together...
|I am in love with those purple-teal-shiny Czech glass rondelles. Just saying.|
...And this is what I came up with!
This set is made with Czech glass, teal freshwater pearls, wood heishi beads, and copper. And I really love it.
Now, you may have noticed that all three necklaces are a variation of the same design: a long necklace where chain gives way to a series of beads, which then gives way to a pendant. It wasn't actually a conscious decision that I made; they each just developed that way, partially because of the weight of the origami pieces.
In fact, weight was my only problem in making these necklaces--even coated, the origami pieces are so light that weighting the necklaces to lay right proved rather difficult. Anything too short was constantly moving around or flipping over. So, I decided to go with longer designs, where natural movement was expected. That decision was further reinforced when I realized that too many beads drowned out the elegance of the origami, so more chain/less beads ended up being a good thing!
And while weight was a bit of a problem for the necklaces, it was certainly not a problem for the earrings. Each pair of earrings I made are extremely light and have wonderful movement. I find them a joy to wear! (Especially the butterflies!)
So! There you have it. Those are the pieces that I made for this month's challenge. It is always fun taking something like paper--something not usually associated with beads--and turn it into jewelry. Pearls and paper--what a lovely combination!
Thank you so much for joining me for this reveal! It's been a busy week here on my blog, and it's been a pleasure to share my creations with you. Now, to finalize preparations for March's challenge! :)
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!