Thursday, December 03, 2009

Published in Bead Trends Magazine Dec. 2009
There is something so magical and uplifting about seeing all your hardwork in print. To be able to share ideas and techniques with everyone, to give back to your friends and fellow artists is amazing.I love experimenting within a variety of mediums, it challenges my creative muse and opens the doors to endless inspiration and can embark one on a journey into themselves.

When you try new things, you branch out of your comfort zone and will either enjoy the new things or not, then you can try something else. I used to primarily draw, sew, bead and sculpt, so to re-visit these favorites when I can re-ignites me with a new found energy. So for Bead Trends Magazine I chose to create a simple, yet trendy piece, one with a technique which could be made by anyone and turned into a variety of pieces such as a necklace and a bracelet.

I try to create projects which are easy to complete, not intimidating, all though some might look that way, once you read the instructions, you understand the process of the piece and if you truly know me, you know I love to recycle and up-cycle things giving them new life.
In the project: Gothic Owl Bracelet and Necklace, the focus was on the OWL, a pendant from the Lost and Found Collection of pieces from Blue Moon Beads. I might add, Blue Moon has some impressive jewelry lines out now for all tastes and styles.

Now a quick story on why I chose an Owl as my focus, for years I have always wanted to own a pet owl, my Aunt Winnie had owned one, seeing pictures of her pet owl always fascinated me. In the Harry Potter movies, the students of Hogwarts owned owls, some gothic victorian homes have owl sculptures or other winged creatures on their homes, Tootsie Roll Pops, remember the wise owl?The owl represents in some cultures protection, protection from negativity or harm, it represents education, intelligence, wisdom, mystery and secrets to name a few. In relation to Harry Potter, J.K.Rowling placed owls with the students of Hogwarts, they carried messages to them and were their companions. The meaning of owls in West African and Aboriginal Australian cultures viewed these winged beauties as a messenger of secrets, kin to sorcerers, as well as companions to seers, mystics and medicine people.I paired this symbolism with gothic rosary style black beads and silver components on both the pieces in these projects. If the blue moon assortment of beads is not available to you, try making an owl pendant from silver polymer clay, Sterling silver fired clay, recycle from an old necklace or pin, try broken rosary beads already connected, by the beads by the yard or use an old necklace. Try my "cupcake chic" color palette and use pink beads and a sugary sweet plastic owl charm.

The possibilities are endless, the protection and magic part, everyone could use some protection and magic here and there, Don't you agree?

Magic and Joy,

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Crafty Gal Linda said...

Congratulations Lisa! What a cool necklace.

Wanda said...

Lisa..even more reasons to love you and your art. :) I love what you said about trying new things. Your owl necklace is really neat.

Elaine A said...

Lisa -

Congratulations! What a beautiful piece of art you've created. But then, everything you create, you put so much of yourself into it that it can't help but be beautiful.

Elaine Allen

DragonflyzDreams said...

I love owls also and always have. Along with dragonflys of course!

I just made some puzzle earrings and it involved some beading as I added them to the front.

Have you seen the Movie " HOOT" ?
It is adorable movie for a fun children like afternoon or evening.
Of course, Jimmy Buffett had his hands in it too.

Smiles, Cyndi

francescotollett said...

first catch your hare, then cook him........................................

zandra said...

Love the owl story! Thanks for sharing it! Hugz, Z

Marie Antionette said...

I always said you are an amazing young woman.Your talents know no bounds.
I also love owls.I love snow owls.They are so beautiful.Your necklace is so gorgeous.
I want to wish you the merriest of Christmases and all the joy this season has to bring,
XXOO Marie Antionette



mendytexas said...

Love the necklace Lisa!! The owl is so much fun. You are so talented my friend...LOVED meeting you at Silver Bella! I finally used your cutie cake toppers. Go to my blog and you see what I did with them! hehe! HUGS!

faerie enchantment said...

OOOh thank you so much everyone, so glad you liked it. Owls are my good luck charms, lol, so magical.

Sending magic, hugs and joy to all of you!