Thursday, February 7, 2013

There is NO BOX - Beastly Ball Fundraiser

Minnesota Zoo - Beastly Ball Fundraiser


I was very excited when my friend Carol the auction chair for the Beastly Ball  asked me to contribute a necklace again this year to the 
Minnesota Zoo's Beastly Ball 2013 Event.



 I love jewelry design because not only does it give me the opportunity to give back to the community using my talents but I get to think out of the box.

I started with this piece of driftwood from the shores of Lake Superior here in Minnesota.


I knew that I wanted to do something very organic and talisman like.  This also gave me an excuse to use my brand new dremel drill press on driftwood. 


Then the playing begins....I pull out all my beads and this is just a small amount than what is actually on the table and a dirty table it is.....DONT LOOK!  TeeeHeee. I put this here and this there, you walk away, look and think again.  You might be surprised, but I spent a whole day just putting together the pendant you see in the top picture.



I have been teasing my Facebook friends with this project for a day showing them little bits and pieces of what I was making.  

I LOVE TO TEASE!

Lots of goodies are in this necklace.....Driftwood from Lake Superior - Apatite - Greek Mykonos - Fossil Shell - Fair Trade Recycled Glass - Natural Bamboo - Swarovski ( yes a touch of bling ) - Lampwork by Jeff Plath from Taylors Falls Bead Store here in MN - Sari Silk Ribbon - Seeds - Basalt Stone from Lake Superior and Fire Agate.



I hope it is Beastly enough for the Minnesota Zoo!




I made a fun little wrapped clasp with sari silk and wire.  I drilled a hole in the long copper bead to use it as part of the clasp....
USING MY NEW DREMEL!
YEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I hope this makes the zoo some beastly good money for the auction!!!!!  



Want to contribute to the Minnesota Zoo....click here.

Minnesota Zoo also has a lovely blog you can follow to to keep up with activities at the zoo!

11 comments:

  1. Wow, that is one amazing necklace! There's so much beauty to look at and ponder, you are truly an artist.

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    1. Thank you Sharon....it was Great Fun!!!!

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  2. SO creative! Great colors. I love that you used driftwood! Do you finish or seal it, or just leave it au naturel?

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    1. I was thinking of applying some Ren Wax....I am going to try that on a small piece today.

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  4. That pendent is the cooly-est! I just got my first container of ren wax. I sealed a piece of metal with it.

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    1. Ok I only know one person who uses the word cooly-est and now I know 2.....you crack me up!!!!! Thanks for the laugh and WAX AWAY Crafty Gal!!!!!!!

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  5. What an amazing piece, I was visiting the Bead Soup Cafe, when Shaiha Williams, announce you as her swap partner! How fun! I just wanted to stop by and visit your blog and tell you that"Beastly" is truely an organic piece of heaven!
    Love your work!

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    1. Awe...that is so sweet. BLUSHES on computer!

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  6. Absolutely LOVE this. The pendant, the toggle , your mix of knotted waxed linen and wire wrap, and fiber and raw gem stones. AMAZING! every bit of it. You have a new fan ; )

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