I have wanted to work on some small pieces and thought that the La Bella Joya Weis Church Challenge would be perfect. I started out by sending an email to Marcie saying I would make something small - maybe some earrings. OK, now I was committed. But after about ten minutes, I got an idea that was a bit more elaborate. I loved working with some white AB Delicas in a previous piece and wanted to show off how they shimmer pink and blue - perfect for this challenge although nearly impossible for me to photograph. I made some little wheels:
I made an all white and gold wheel first. Then I thought that I should use some pink &/or blue. The bottom design seemed a little art deco to me so I added some more one-cut 15's and got the top design. When I made these little wheels in white and gold they totally reminded me of my great-grandmother Mildred. In fact I could picture the white wool dress with which she would wear the piece.
That is Mildred as a cut-out photo figure. I think this photo is from her honeymoon to France.
Finally I decided to ditch the pink and blue and just go with the shimmery white. And I decided to make a bracelet. Oopps, what happened to just something small?
So all the threads hanging out might have given away my secret - I actually have not finished this piece. I have about three more rings and two toggles to make. After I started putting it together, I figured out a better way (isn't this always the case). I also have been having a problem getting the thread tension right when I string them together so that rings that were nice and flat suddenly start to pucker. At any rate, I really like my festive bracelet and even if I didn't fully explore the color palette, I would never have made this piece without the challenge.