Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December Challenge - Emotional Rollercoaster- Scarred

This necklace was created for the December EBWC-Emotional Roller coaster
We were to create a feeling or state of being and create a beaded piece that expresses that emotion.

My emotion of choice is ANGER because while a state of serenity, zen or passion may not be as familiar to most, anger is an emotion that everyone can relate to in all aspects of life. Even animals express anger and it is so prevalent in the media and entertainment.

While so many believe pink to be a "girly" color it actually represents annoyance, anger and rage according to Robert Pulchik who was a psychologist that used a color wheel to help categorize intensities of emotions.

Scarred represents the deep emotional and physical marks left from anger, rage, and annoyance. I used a bright pink oval bead (RAGE) and bezeled it in black beads (black s normally indicative of a negative state). I also embroidered this tear shaped pendant in black beads and used various colored pink beads to "scar" the surface. Swarovski crystals and gemstones are also included to represent the emotional bumps and hurdles that one creates from remaining in a continuous state of anger.

The pendant is ~3.7" long from the beaded bail to the bottom and ~2.7" across at it's widest part. The pendant is hung from a double stranded black silk ribbon with a silver tone lobster clasp. The back is super soft dark pink ultra suede and the entire piece is embroidered with ultra strong Fireline.

If you are interested in purchasing this piece, or any of my other pieces please visit my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreationsofAgape?ref=si_shop.

You can also contact me for commissioned pieces at my website http://creationsofagape.com/contact_us


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Voting for the December EBWC challenge begins December 9, 2012, please come by and vote for your favorite piece.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Emotional Rollercoaster...in every sense

I had so much fun with the November Etsy Beadweavers Challenge, that I have decided to jump right into the December challange, which has such an aspiring theme; Emotional Rollercoaster.  I have not done much bead embroidery, and anything I have attempted, has either been an epic design failure, or I just abandoned the concept due to a lack of creation, or patience.  However, I am DETERMINED to make a wearable piece of embroidered jewelry. 

To give you a better idea of some of my embroidering challenges, please see the following:

Exhibit 1:



This is a bead embriodered butterfly and while it all started out pretty well, I decided to emroider directly on the ultrasuede (MISTAKE) and then I decided to try to glue/stuff cardboard and stiff foam to the back (MISTAKE MISTAKE) and if that wasn't enough, I thought using huge 6/0 black beads to finish it off with would be just great and of course it turned out to be a ......MISTAKE.

While I can laugh at this monstrocity now, I was almost moved to tears at the failure when I was done, but then I had to admit that I had went a little rogue when I chose to skip a stiff background and just do whatever I pleased.  I also had to admit that I really loved my color choices and I bezelled the heck out of those gems and the actual embroidery is quite nice for my first attempt.  So not all was lost, at least I got plenty of practice.

Item 2:

I actually started blogging about this piece and then just let it fall to the side because I was, and still am, lost as to what I can do with this piece.  Once again, I am embroidering directly on the ultrasude, which is pure tomfoolery after my last attempt, but hey, sometimes, I have to step in the pothole twice, sprain my ankle and waste time and materials before I actually get the point of using a stiff background.  Again, I was disappointed but not to tears, just really disgusted at my hardheadedness.  Again, color selection, not so bad (at first) and again, I bezelled the heck outta that cab....

Item 3:


So now I am convinved that I need a stiff background (FINALLY) and I designed this two sided pendant for the December challenge, (I will spare you the explination for now since I will post my final piece with the a full explination of how I arrived at this concept).  I was all in love with this thing and was just a moving along until I looked at it and thought, this is U-G-L-Y and it is, I can't even ascertain how I arrived at this point and did not catch the full grotesqueness of this piece.  My sweet and dear husband tried his hardess to convince me that I was being too hard on myself, but I just thought, WHATEVA.... So I have started a new piece and the concept is much better and I am once again in LOVE with it and hopefully, I pray, when I sew my last stitch, I will still think my design TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!

Sneak Peek:


Oh and need I mention, after FULLY reading the rules on the challenge, I saw that using facial expressions should be avoided and instead color and texture should be featured...DUHHHHHH moment for me, the ever wandering loner of logic and reason.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SALE at Etsy Shop - 15%OFF

During this time of gift giving, many are feeling the economical pinch, therefore, I am pleased to annouce my first sale at Creations of Agape http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreationsofAgape?ref=si_shop, where you will receive 15% OFF all items within my Etsy store. 

Featuring the items below and more....

Leopard Eyes Earrings Fancy Fans Earrings Fallen Leaves Bangle EBWC

Purple Parade Choker
Circus Earrings Loops and Pearls Bracelet Gilded Orbits

Snake Skin Bracelet Cobblestone Bracelet 
Selah the Seahorse Wire Pendant 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Etsy Beadweavers November Challenge


Even though many have voted for the presidential elections; it's time for you to cast another vote for your favorite design in the November Etsy Beadweavers Challenge.  Voting only takes a second and you can also be inspired and blown away with the many beautiful and unique desings.  Please just click on the link and cast your vote; after clicking on the link, look to the right for the grey box and choose your favorite design, then scroll to the bottom of the grey box and click VOTE.  If you simply can not decide, number 11(Fallen Leaves Bangle) is totally awesome...and my piece as well :-)


1. Gorgeous Geometric Beaded Bracelet - beadifuljewelry2. Geometric Modern Beaded Bracelet - MegansBeadedDesigns3. Halloween Jewelry Set for the Sophisticated Ghoul - ArtMasquerading4. Circles on the Square - ArtfulAr5. Times Square - 4uidzne6. Kandinsky Inspired Cuff Bracelet - beadn4fun7. Cherries in Chocolate - LeelaBeads8. Squared Fire - Davianna9. Colorful Geometric bracelet - MoonsafariBeads10. Buckles, Bands and Bows Bracelet - barbaraellis11. Fallen Leaves Bangle - CreationsofAgape12. Circles and Squares in Rose and Silver - ThunderBoltBeadwork13. Circles and Squares Beaded Necklace - nellienits14. Bead embroidered bracelet - crimsonfrog15. Circles & Squares necklace - KrisDesignFSP16. Circles and squares pendant - suegoodebeads17. Paua Abalone Shell necklace  - Reginao18. Circles and Squares set - AnnaCohen19. Geometrical necklace with ceramic beads - Svetush20. Winter colors - Vicus21. Geometric games - BeadsForBeauty22. Lace Rosette Necklace - SpringColors23. Cowboy Geometry Necklace - thistledew4u24. Art Deco Circles And Squares Bracelet - SallyGoRoundTheMoon25. The Picture Frame - beadprestige26. Hollywood Circles and Squares - KraftKonfessions27. Festive Circles and Squares - jess2bead28. Circles and Squares 2-in-1 necklace - BeadCatcher