Saturday, January 9, 2010

WARNING for a virus - Leatherwork!

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? ;)

19 comments:

IrynaHamilton said...

Gorgeous work, Olya!!!!

Enchanted Beads said...

Beautiful work, Olga!I love them all three!
ileana

http://ileanasmagicaltime.blogspot.com/
http://enchantedbeads.blogspot.com/

Cindy Caraway said...

These are fantastic!! Not that I need another hobby :P but are there tutorials out there somewhere (if not, you should sell some!)?? I'm very curious as to how this is done. Your pieces are fabulous!

Foxan said...

Thank you so much, ladies!

Cindy, the only descriptions I've got are in Russian, none of them are pictorial. :(

Good idea about making a tutorial, though... Would you mind being my "guinea-pig" to see if it works? I'll send you a convo in a couple of weeks!

gr8jewellery said...

Utterly fabulous!!! I especially love Pluto's Garden ... it got my heart :)

Christine's Beadworks said...

OMG those are gorgeous. Love them, I'm a big fan of texture.

Ellen said...

Olga, these pieces are outstandingly gorgeous! I love following what you are doing creatively.

Ruthie said...

That's very exciting - sounds like a good "virus" to catch!

jodi said...

Incredible. I'd love to see a tutorial too. I was given a huge garbage bag of leather last year and I've been dying to do something with it.

Dawn N said...

It's so much fun finding another craft technique. I love the look of beads with the leather.

Mary T Designs said...

Wow! You are multi-talented indeed. Those pieces are lovely.

Naan Pocen said...

That's one virus I'd LOVE to catch! Awesome!

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Fantastic Olga! Just gorgeous.

Marlaine said...

Gorgeous pieces Olga! Love the leather work. I can see why it's so catching!

Asia said...

Great work! Absolutely wonderful pieces. I'm in love with the second necklace!

Renée T. Bouchard said...

I have never seen this technique before- it's really stunning.

http://reneetbouchard.blogspot.com
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Marlaine said...

How's that tutorial coming?

Foxan said...

;) After the challenge, Marlaine!
Participating in a fair this weekend, have lots of preparations to be done....
Pfew, where to buy time? ;)