There is a fun group show coming up in May, featuring Upcycled Art (art made from re-purposed and recycled items). I am gearing up for this show, using found objects and old stuff (when I'm not using an artbead, I'm usually using an antique bit of some kind). I normally do not like the look of chandelier crystals in jewelry, because they always look like what they are - chandelier crystals! But, in the context of the show, I've been inspired to pull some out and use them. I have to say that they are growing on me! I paired some with some old buckles. I think some of these would look good worn in multiples.
|This crystal is about 3 inches long!|
|This crystal was actually off an old candlestick bobeche.|
|I wrapped wire around and over the top to stabilize. The old wires in the crystals look pretty fragile.|
|This buckle is celluloid.|
|Dyed pink Mother of Pearl buckle! My pink MOP beads just happened to match!!|
I'm headed to Beadfest Spring tomorrow. I don't NEED any beads, but I'll probably come home with plenty to add to my stash. ;-)