When time allows, I am hanging in Russian beading forum at biser.info. Many of those ladies seem to have beading in their blood, and it is an extremely inspiring environment. Now and then, new trends are popping out and resulting in outbreaks of creativity among the forum users. Work with soutache was one of them. I was lucky not to catch the "triangular" virus (the entire population was making triangles in peyote). Another, more recent and way more dangerous bug is called leatherwork.
It all started with this brooch description. And then girls have shown some of their creations (just look at this one, or that one!). I am easily infected by those "creativity bugs", so I caught this infection in no time.
In the very beginning of my beading life, I bought one kilo pack of leather scraps. The only leather that is thin and soft enough for this sort of work is black, giving sort of a gothic feel about the jewelry. Also, this technique is perfect to hide uneven edges of hand-cut stones, as well as any other "problems" in the cabs that otherwise are difficult to mask.
Proserpina is listed in my Etsy-store.
More pictures of Pluto's Garden are here.
I also made this bracelet, using suede scraps. The surface looks extremely rough on the pictures, my camera just does not want to show the way it is in real life. :( Here are some more photos.
Next step is to continue experimenting and mixing beadweaving and leatherwork.
When on Earth will I have time to finish my Ocean entry? ;)