Sunday, January 22, 2012

from my sketchbook.

by Barbara Bechtel

Over the last few weeks, I've been working taking simple forms from my sketchbook and translating them into stamps for my beads and pendants. This marks a change in how I've been working. While cleaning out my studio, I went back through my older sketchbooks and saw the way I used to work out ideas in my head, specifically for a painting. I realized this is not the same way that I work with polymer clay.

I decided to try and work the same way and I would if I were working on a painting.


 I took this simple shape and drew a design to be reproduced in a hand carved stamp.
 Here are some of the stampings in progress. While I'm carving, I periodically test out the stamp, to check where I need to remove more material.

Here is one pendant that has been baked but not finished (left) and one on the right that has been finished. (right)


This marks a poignant change in the way that I've been thinking about my process as it relates to bead-making. I'm really excited to see where this takes me.

Have a great Sunday!

Barbara Bechtel is a bead and jewelry designer and mixed media artist residing in Merritt Island, FL. You can read more about her at her blog, Second Surf.



6 comments:

mairedodd said...

barbara, these are wonderful! and it seems like such a natural way to work... you make it look simple... though i know it is far from that... those lotus shapes are beautiful as well...

Jean A. Wells said...

Thank you Barbara for sharing your creative process. It is fascinating to me. I have not been trained in the arts, rather have been trained in the law, and one of the things I would like to learn to do is break down what I do into more basic steps. I don't know if that is even possible for me to do.

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I love that! I love the rustic yet colorful fee that the pendant has. So fun!!
MaryAnn

stacilouise said...

I think you are really onto something. they are wonderful and have a good feeling to them. I really like how you use color. You have a gift for it.

Genea said...

Wow! I love hearing about the process on how you are creating your new pendants! They are so beautiful! Keep 'em coming!! xo Genea

Kelli said...

LOVE all the color!! I tend to work in neutrals, naturals, earthy, rustics.... my sister is ALWAYS telling me "color will NOT hurt you" :)
Beautiful pendants!

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