In August 2008 I was sitting at home with two months old son, browsing internet while he was asleep. That month, I have discovered the Firemountain Gems galery of designs and learned my first name in beading - Tatiana van Iten. I loved her work, but could not figure out how it was made. Googled the name and came across her tutorial for the Russian leaves at mylovelybeads.com. That is how I learned my second name in beading- Zoya Gutina.
Why do I love their work? It is beautiful, it is crazy, it is ornate, it is different from anything else, and it is so... Russian.... in a way....
I really wanted to figure out how to make those things. Guess, I did it. Not sure if I would ever try to make another one of this kind again, though - we are talking straight 60 hours of coralling! Mind I'm a Gemini!
It is heavy. It is over the top. It is something I'd wear once in a year (at most). But I did it ;)
And the close-ups of the gorgeous stones of picture jasper:
Zoya and Tatiana - thank you so much for the inspiration!