Posts Tagged ‘wood’

A Ringed, Sun or Celtic Cross Made from Wood Beads & Wire

April 14, 2017

Celtic (Sun) Cross in Wood Beads and wire, Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

This simple ringed cross is made from wooden beads that have been dyed and waxed. They are held together with copper wire coated with black enamel. The beads are 15 mm, flat, and round, with rounded edges.

Beadwork Study in Wood for a Transcendental Cross with Quote in Runes from Julian of Norwich

April 6, 2017

Runic text on frame: “All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well” — Julian of Norwich

On May 8, 1373, a thirty -year-old woman, whose name is unknown, lay on her apparent death bed in the town of Norwich, England. As the curate gave her last rites, she began to see a series of visions of Jesus. In a few days she recovered and wrote down her visions in what became the first known book by a woman in English. She became an anchoress at the Church of St. Julian in Norwich and many years later wrote an extended interpretation of her visions.

In her Revelations of Divine Love Julian explains that the words of the phrase above were said to her in a vision by Jesus to comfort her in her distress at the existence of sin and the pain it causes. The original text would have been written in the English dialect of her time and region using the Latin alphabet. I like having the text in Anglo-Saxon runes because the three-time repetition has the power of an incantation or magical spell.

This hanging was created from more-or-less square wooden beads that I carved and filled with glitter glue. The beads are held in place with Nymo thread using a combination of ladder stitch and stringing. Glue is used between the beads for rigidity.

Necklace with Native-American Style Acrylic Beads, Wood Squares and Gold-Plated Seed Beads

February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This 27-inch necklace was a Valentine’s Day present for Vera. Strung on a single length of braided satin-gold color wire attached to a gold-plated spring-ring clasp, it features “exotic” wood squares and acrylic beads in one of the styles of Native-American painted pottery. Between the larger beads are gold-plated glass seed beads. Not everyone likes acrylic beads, but I think these look sharp without the weight of ceramic beads. I tried a bit of asymmetry in the bead and wood square colors here.

Vera thinks the piece has a masculine aspect. Hmmmm. I did have a bit of trouble keeping my bottom ornament pointing straight down when I was setting up the photo.

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares and Native American style beads strung on satin gold color wire

Necklace with Native-American style acrylic beads, wood squares and gold-plated seed beads

 

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares and Native American style beads strung on satin gold color wire - full length, flat

This is a full length view with the lower wood squares turned to opposite sides. The wood squares around the neck can also be turned in but not when the necklace is worn.

Necklace with Wood Squares, Chalcedony Stone Beads, Bronze Color Seed Beads and Glass Pendant

February 10, 2015

This 27-inch necklace features “exotic” wood squares, 8 mm chalcedony beads, and a glass finding as the pendant. It is strung with bronze color glass seed beads on braided satin-gold color wire and closed with a gold-plated lobster clasp.

The surface of the amber finding has an irregularly looping line that has little contrast and is hard to see in the larger photo. It is clearer in the detail below. It appears to be a thin layer of gold-color specks on or in the surface of the glass.

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares, chalcedony stone beads and glass pendant strung with bronze color seed beads

Necklace with “exotic” wood squares, chalcedony stone beads and glass pendant, strung with bronze color seed beads on satin gold color wire

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - Glass Pendant Detail

Glass Pendant Detail

Necklace with Wood Squares, White and Gray Glass Pearls, and Enameled Shell Pendant

February 5, 2015

 

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares, white and gray glass pearls, enameled shell pendant strung on gold color wire

This 30-inch necklace is made with “exotic” wood squares and 6 mm white and gray glass pearls strung on braided gold color wire with a gold-plated lobster clasp. An enameled shell finding is suspended by a pinch bail as a pendant.

The contrast of gray and white beads is more subtle than the pink and burgundy in the last piece, but I like it with this finding, which includes gray tones along with the white of the front and the brown showing through from the back. This 30-inch necklace is made with “exotic” wood squares and 6 mm white and gray glass pearls strung on braided gold color wire with a gold-plated lobster clasp. An enameled shell finding is suspended by a pinch bail as a pendant. I tried using bottom squares with the holes drilled through opposite points to give the round pendant more space.

This third necklace of wood squares and glass pearls was intended to be the last in the series as my string of wood squares was down to one square, but Vera produced a second string of squares she had stashed away in one of her supply drawers. I have put away the glass pearls for now and intend to use something else with the rest of the squares.

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares, white and gray glass pearls, enameled shell pendant strung on gold color wire - full length, flat

This is a full length view with the wood squares turned to opposite sides. This introduces a wiggle to the beads as they lie flat.

Necklace with Wood Squares, Pink and Burgundy Glass Pearls, and White Feather Shell Pendant

January 30, 2015

I guess I must be feeling the need for warmth. This 27-inch necklace is made with “exotic” wood squares and 6 mm pink and burgundy glass pearls strung on braided gold color wire with a gold-plated lobster clasp. A white feather finding carved from shell is suspended by a pinch bail as a pendant. The warm elements dominate, but also accentuate, the winter white of the feather.

Beadwork by Mike Smetzer - necklace with "exotic" wood squares, pink and burgundy glass pearls, white feather shell pendant strung on gold color wire

27- inch necklace with “exotic” wood squares, pink and burgundy glass pearls, and a white feather shell finding as a pendant

Necklace with Wood Squares, White Glass Pearls and Shell Pendant

January 27, 2015

We are well into a cold, snowy winter here in southern Maine. I have been feeling the need to make something simple, but hopefully eloquent. This 27-inch necklace is strung on a single length of braided gold color wire attached to a gold-plated springring clasp. It features “exotic” wood squares and 6 mm white glass pearls along the sides. A large oval shell finding is suspended by a pinch bail as a pendant. The cold white of the pearls balances the warmth of the various woods and the rich magenta in the decoration on the shell.

 

Strung necklace by Mike Smetzer with exotic wood squares, white glass pearls and large oval shell finding as pendant

27-inch necklace with wood squares, 6 mm white glass pearls and large oval shell finding as pendant