Saturday, April 24, 2010

Beads 2010 Project: Marsha Neal Studio

There were massive thunderstorms last night and we expect that there'll be more storms all day today.  Looks like it's going to be a work-in-your-pajamas-doing-crafty-stuff sort of day.  In typical Air Force fashion, I got about 20 emails and pop-up alerts on my computer warning about tornadoes.  So, what do I do?  At 1100 last night I put the flashlight battery in the recharger and took pictures of my bead studio in case I need it for insurance.  I briefly thought about what I would do with the cats, but then decided they'd just run around like crazy anyway.  Nice.  Nothing like having a plan.

Anyway, to focus on what this post is really all about...another artist from Beads 2010:  Marsha Neal.  I love the variety of textures and shapes and materials that Marsha uses.  I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on her blog a few months back and got some seriously awesome treats.

First, a necklace...
It's all about circles and wire.  One of Marsha's decaled porcelain donuts was the inspiration.  I added some "totally twisted" wire, a recycled glass ring, and a little wooden ring to create a focal trio.  All are strung on a pretty blue silk ribbon from Riverstone Bead Co. that's finished off with a toggle

Now, for the ears...check out the "shards"...
I have to admit I was a little stumped by Marsha's porcelain "shards" when I first looked at them.  But, with a little gunmetal grey wire-wrapping, they make a great pairing with some lightweight paper beads.  I love when a design challenge works out into something cool!

You can shop for either of these pretties in my Etsy shop!


  1. Hey Jen!

    Love what you did with the porcelain pieces! Turned out beautifully!

    I just posted about Blogmania for this week. Not sure if you're interested, but it would be awesome if you are. It's this week Friday... global huge blogging giveaway. Registration to be one of the giveaway blogs is noon today (which timezone, I'm not sure) LOL

    Pop me an e-mail if you're interested Jen! I'll get you the contact info to sign up!

    Chat with ya soon dear!

  2. Those earings are fantastic and I love your trinity of circles. You know you could get quite philosophical about the meaning of three circles. But I'm too tired for that. I think I'll just leave at looks fun to wear!

  3. All so pretty, Jen. I love that ribbon too..would look great to wear in the summer.


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