Monday, March 7, 2011

The Turquoise Bead Mirror


I just finished another 'new' mirror. There are a few glitches to work out but I'm very excited about this prototype. The Turquoise Seed Bead Mirror is 34" in diameter and made with vitreous glass tiles, chained rhinestone and a variety of coloured seed beads (lots of them). Seed beads come in a huge array of stunning colours opening up a whole new, crazy, exciting world of design possibilities. Maybe 'excited' is an understatement?

24 comments:

M said...

Lovely. Your 'excitement' is contagious and suggests Spring is really coming.

Designwali said...

A gorgeous piece of art!

ChrisToronto said...

Karen, your creativity takes my breath away!

Sue said...

Very nice! can't wait to see what you use next to creat a mirror.

paris parfait said...

Absolutely stunning! Well done, you!

Kelle Dame said...

This is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! It's also my favorite color!
Your work just amazes me :) Keep it coming!
Kelle
xx

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

I just came over via designsponge on twitter. I must say you have a very unique approach to current trends. I am really in awe of your creations. I am your newest follower.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Jacqueline said...

That mirror is GORGEOUS!

Where did you find those amazing beads? I've been looking everywhere for turquoise beads like those!

Karen J said...

Thanks Jacqueline.
I get my 'Seed Beads' (that's what they're called) from John Bead in Toronto. They're a wholesale supplier but do have a small retail outlet (if you're in The GTA).
Seed Beads are imported from The Czech Republic and come in many stunning colours. I'm a kid in a candy store everytime I go there!

Karen J said...

Welcome Mr. Goodwill!
You're in good company as a new follower with my Mom and one of my sisters!(lol).

Laura said...

Wow! and Wow! again!!!

Karen J said...

Thank you Laura! And thank you again (lol)!!!

Janet said...

Hey Karen ... this one is an absolute stunner!
Love it.

Karen J said...

Thanks Janet!
Seed beads are stunning. Hopefully (just need more time in my day) there will be many more stunners to come.

Shelley Davis said...

I am over the moon about your work! I was on Stumble and came to your work. You have more creative talent in one cell of your body than most people have in their whole body. It's a gift!

Blessings,
Shelley

Karen J said...

Wow! Thanks Shelley.
I'll have to google Stumble?

Anonymous said...

wow i came across you on stubleupon like shelly (above) and i am glad i did! im so inspired!

Karen J said...

Hi Anonymous,
Always happy to inspire!
Thanks.

Renahda Z said...

how did you get the seed bead so uniform are they stung on wire? this is gorgeous work.

Peppermint_Patt said...

Karen,
I do love this mirror. You should create a class and put it on http://www.craftsy.com/classes

I am sure you would develop a
huge following!

I am a new follower on your Pinterest. My challenge is
wanting to do more than time and health allows.

Peace!

Pat

LazarusStr* said...

Happy New Year! I simply love this mirror (and many others) that you have constructed! Turquoise is my favorite color, and this is a great piece that shows it off nicely. I found this on Pinterest, and thought it was a DIY project due to the title of the pin. After checking your web site, I found that there aren't any instructions on how to create this. Would you be able to email me the instructions on how to make this? It looks like a lot of work, but the outcome of this would be well worth it! My e-mail address is, Lazarusstr@gmail.com, thank you so much! Keep up to great great work!

KristyB said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I love the pencil mirrors too. I'm curious to know what you used for the rods on this one. Please share. :)

LadyLove3 said...

Hello Karen!,
Your work is absolutely stunning! I like many other posters above, Love the color turquoise, so this piece already instantly jumps out at me and then once it has my attention I see your amazing talent and I am just in awe! I started to teach myself to make jewelry when I was in a severe head injury accident years ago and I do all types of art for therapy, although I unfortunately lack the talent for it, I still enjoy the therapeutic element. Anyways, sorry for the rant, I was also curious about the seed beads on the rods. I do a lot of work with wire, metal, and as I mentioned before, jewelry, but all self-taught. Did you hook the end of the rod into the chain link with the rhinestones, or possibly glue the first seed bead at the start of each rod? Or am I completely off? Thank you for your time, and it was such a pleasure and such an inspiration looking at your work. Hope to hear a reply. My email is Briarbates3@Gmail.com. Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Sincerely,
Briar��

Babydoll95 said...

I'm from Arizona, & have always had a live for turquoise. Beautifully done.