Jeanne from Blue Ridge Origami, suggested I make African themed beads. She mentioned that someone she works with, who is from Zambia, had brought some handmade African jewelry to the states with her. Well for me, the first thought in my head when I hear Africa is animals; you know, lions, elephants, zebras and giraffes. I could have gone the animal print route but that really wasn't were I wanted to go. I wanted my beads to have a more natural Earthy feel. Maybe even a little primitive looking. Something that had been made of bone or clay or had been painted with natural dyes. So, where did that lead me? To google of course!
When I was a kid I used to have to turn to the World Book Encyclopedia for the answers to my questions. I had a teacher that when asked something by a student, her answer was "Look it up!" Today, I don't even think my kids know how to look up information in an actual book! The response I give them when they ask a question is "Google it!" Boy how things have changed in the past 3 decades! Is the World Book even published anymore? Hmmmmm
But now, back to the beads. I chose to use black, brown, gray, ivory and brick red, which is a far cry from my normal color palette. Sometimes we need a change from the norm. And I have to say, I enjoyed it! In fact I got a little carried away. I ended up making 51 beads which when strung together measures 22 inches. Lots of possibilities with that many beads, I think. I am very pleased with the way they turned out. What do you think? Did I capture the African theme? Thanks Jeanne, you have opened up my mind to even more projects in the future.
Well, I have now completed 2 challenges and I am looking forward to the next one. I already have a plan for it, so be on the look out! Karalee, you're up next!
|They are temporarily strung just to give you an idea of how they could look as a necklace|