Native Americans have a deep connection to feathers. When a feather falls to earth, they believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to a living being. Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose as they are inextricably tied to the belief that birds, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.
My friend Betcey Ventrella was my muse for this piece. I have never used a person as a creative direction, but Betcey embodies a unique connection to Planet Bead that I wanted to embrace. The meaning of her name represents “compassion, creativity, reliability, generosity, loyalty and a love. They have a love for the arts and beautiful aesthetics as well as a deep inner desire for travel and adventure. They want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.”
My Feathers necklace is made with circular peyote creating a unique bezel for the Swarovski stones in the pendant portion and tubular Chenille stitch for the rope. Class will help the students understand the inherent issues with flat peyote regarding twists and curling while making feathers.
September 6 - 9, 2018
Named for the Roman god of gateways and beginnings.
This neck-piece is bead embroidered, peyote stitched and embellished utilizing handcrafted moons, two hole Tila© beads, filigree, cupchain, Czech and natural stone cabochons, Swarovski crystals and seed beads.
The leather cord can be left plain or create ‘beads’ from provided crystals that will coordinate with your kit choice.
My favorite project to date!!
Heidi always tries to find the most unique components to make her bead embroidered jewelry. In this bracelet project “Swan Song”, Heidi found the most amazing French Vintage Nouveau Swan stamping. By using epoxy glue and Pearl Ex, Heidi discovered a way to get the metal to look like enameling.
In this class the student will learn this new technique by enameling a metal washer in a variety of colors, this washer will be the backdrop. The swan will also be enhanced and than glued on top of the washer.
This amazing focal will be surrounded by natural stones and beads using bead embroidery techniques.
The student will also learn to make a fabric-covered cabochon to compliment the piece. Beautiful Swarovski pearls will dangle from the top and bottom to pull out the colors of the enameled focal.
Each bracelet will be a one of a kind and made to fit any wrist.
Heidi likes to challenge her students by using new and sometimes ancient techniques.
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