Thursday, March 15, 2018

Classic Bohemian Girl

I've been on "Standby Service" for the Sacramento Superior Court all this week and have been checking the court's website every evening after 5 p.m. to see if they want me to report to Court the following day.  So far, I haven't been called in, so I've been catching up with projects I haven't finished and have been digging into the serious mess that is my studio.  It's like a treasure hunt when you clean up, and I struck gold when I found a little bag containing these meltingly pretty polymer clay teardrop charms by Helena Benkoczka of Areto Beads and Jewellery.  

So, with an eye to an imminent spring (and then a hot summer), I decided to use Helena's pretty charms to make one of my favorite fiber-wrapped designs, one I've made many times.  I love this design and enjoyed gathering the ingredients:  pretty purple Czech glass Saturn beads, turquoise Czech glass discs, little purple faceted rondelles (also Czech glass), and 8/0 purple-lined seed beads.

I hadn't made a wrapped design in a while, so I especially enjoyed the wrapping part of making these earrings: the tension needed to keep the beads at the top straight and strong, then the precise wrapping at the tops of the charms, adding the tiny 15/0 beads that nestle inside the teal rings, tying the thread off at the back, and covering the thread with matching colored paper and glaze.

Interestingly enough, as I'm finishing my blog post, I find out that I have to report to Court tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.  I guess duty calls!

Thank you so much for reading!  I love you guys, and I'll see you all again in two weeks.  💗



  1. I love these earrings. This design of yours is so pretty and fresh. And I always love your use of colour. Really hope your court duty passes in a flash!

    1. Thanks so much, Sue! My court duty only lasted one day, yesterday! My group, who'd arrived early in the morning, was dismissed mid-afternoon after two of the trials they thought would need jurors ended up not needing any. We were told that we wouldn't be needed further and were thanked for our service, which had really only consisted of listening to some instructions, filling out a questionnaire, and waiting and waiting and waiting. Maybe next time (they said they'd call me again in about 18 months) I'll actually see the inside of a courtroom! :)

  2. Oh my, these are so so beautiful. I love your signature waxed linen wrap. And the colors!

  3. Beautiful Meridy, I love this design of yours ❤️