Monday, December 13, 2010

And the last one - December's done!


Here is the December BJP - a little "steampunk", I think. I had the intention of using 12 small black buttons to represent the 12 months of the project, but nothing seemed right. I ran across the grey/silver button, added it to the mix, and all of a sudden, things started jelling. A few more silver things, some matte black beads and just a few of those buttons, and voila, December is done. I've pretty much given up trying to impart deep meaning into each month's piece, and have learned to let the beads take over. This month this is what they wanted to be.

I'm trying to decide what to do for the next BJP. I have a few ideas floating around in my head, and lots of backing fabric, but nothing concrete yet. I liked the buttons, but I'm not sure I'd use them again - they were small enough that I could complete 2 or 3 of them in a month if needed, and were "self finishing", but because you had to press the beads together, everything needed to be somewhat flat and non-breakable.

12 comments:

Robbie said...

This is really cool!! I clicked on the picture to enlarge it and it's great! Your beading is wonderful. Are you using Toho beads or are those delica's? It's a really innovative piece for sure!!

Sara said...

I *really* like the December bead! All of your work is gorgeous but this one has such a strong personality/voice!

Karin said...

- Robbie - the smaller beads are delicas, and the larger size 8's are a "bead show special", which I think are Czech.

Sharon said...

It looks great!

Barbara said...

It did, indeed, come together well!

geeky Heather said...

Love the steampunk vibe!

Margaret Sutherland said...

What a beautiful piece. Beads do have minds of their own, don't they!

Cyndi L said...

Yay Karin!! Aren't you happy to be done? This is a really funky way to end your project :-)

Magpie Sue said...

December turned out well! I like it :- )

I'm in agreement with you about not looking for the deeper meaning each month. That's my major goal for next year's BJP: to let the beads do what they want!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow I love it! What a cool project!

Susan said...

It's beautiful, Karin!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Marty S said...

This piece is a lot of fun. It's glamor steampunk! It's so nice to see all of your beautiful buttons together along the side of your blog.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader