Thursday, July 12, 2012

Before there were parasols, after there were earcuffs, there were bottles

I am a Bead Whore going WAY back. Every since I first saw tiny little beads as a child. But what was I doing before my recent, adult ventures with parasols, an Etsy earcuff store and my full-on obsession with Doctor Who? My beaded bottles. What are they for? What do you put in them? This s a question I get a lot when I wear them. You can use them for perfume, for holy water if you are a vampire chaser *grin*, or for holding essential oils. I've done the first and the latter, but haven't chased vampires since my story writing days, so I leave the holy water to someone else, though I have been known to carry Moon Water in it. My favorite thing is to tell people to put an eyedropper in it so the contents can be taken out easily without spillage. Their eyes usually light up at that.

Though I haven't put needle to bottle in a couple of months, I know I will take up their cause at some point when I run out of new ideas for parasols, an Etsy earcuff store and my full-on obsession with Doctor Who. I want something that will take less time, but still look elaborate and beautiful. Something in a lower price point for those who long to possess these little goodies, but can't spare the cash for the big items yet.

[caption id="attachment_55" align="alignnone" width="164" caption="Autumn Leaves Beaded Bottle"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_56" align="alignnone" width="162" caption="Autumn Leaves Beaded Bottle - closeup"][/caption]

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This one is my favorite. My artistically talented friends think so too, and that is a great compliment. They love the colors and they are REALLY FUSSY with that in their own work. I got them just right...how AWESOME is that?!?

[caption id="attachment_57" align="alignnone" width="169" caption="Pink and Blue Iris Beaded Bottle"]Pink and Blue Iris Beaded Bottle, Kristine Cherry, EarthDaughter Arts.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_58" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Pink and Blue Iris Beaded Bottle - closeup"]Pink and Blue Iris Beaded Bottle closeup, Kristine Cherry, EarthDaughter Arts[/caption]

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My first experiment with doing this type of beadwork came about with this bottle. The colors symbolize Rosemary and all it's attributes. Rosemary is a "warm, fiery" herb (symbolized by the red beads). It's appearance is like an evergreen in the year-round, slim, dark green leaves (hence the green - I even found beads that mimic their appearance perfectly!). The flowers are the same color as rosemary flowers, recreated here with small bunches of stone chips. I've received a lot of compliments on the perfectly stitched pattern of white and red beadwork on the body. That was a joy to do and I'm really proud of how it came out. The challenge was in creating the strap. That required several redos and nearly made me tear my hair out, but perserverence paid off.

[caption id="attachment_59" align="alignnone" width="156" caption="Rosemary Oil Magical Bottle"]Rosemary Oil Magical Bottle, Kristine Cherry, EarthDaughter Arts[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_60" align="alignnone" width="161" caption="Rosemary Oil Magical Bottle closeup"]Rosemary Oil Magical Bottle closeup, Kristine Cherry, EarthDaughter Arts[/caption]

If you are interested in getting a custom bottle and want to know what I can create for you, please send me an email via my business's main page at KC Dragonfly. Thanks!

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