So back to talking about the items I posted a little while ago but didn’t talk much about:
You might wonder why I called this piece “winter” when there isn’t much wintery looking about it. And why “Russian”?
Well, the look of the necklace is Byzantine, but the monochrome gold/brown colours make it seem a little more warm than what I think of as “Byzantine”. The colours, together with the elaborate decorative look, made me think of being inside a cozy church on a cold night in Russia, with flickering candles barely illuminating a tarnished and very old icon. The wind might be howling blue crystals outside, but inside is warm golden mystery.
If you click on the close up image you can see that around the jewel on the main circle, I sewed “rays” of golden brown bugle beads (with a seed bead at the end) so that it looks as if it were radiating. The jewel was already in a setting and was quite raised up so I needed something to transition it into the rest of the less 3-D beadwork. It worked great and I’ll use this idea again!
The “Red Shoe” is more self explanatory. Red shoes are AWESOME! If you don’t know why, I can’t explain it to you. You are either born with the understanding or not. 😀
All the edges are beaded and there are stones and crystals on the sides of the lovely shoe. It fits two lipsticks (or whatever you want to put in it). It does up with a zipper that works really well – it doesn’t get stuck at all. There are more crystals by the satin bow at the toe of the shoe. So cute!