It seems that for every week that passes by, I tell myself I should write and work on updating this blog. Of course, I blink and whoops, it’s been almost 2 years since my last post. I do mean to make more of an effort, and being busy doesn’t feel like a proper excuse.
Here’s a little recap of my last 20 months and what my little beading hands have been up to:
I GOT MARRIED!
The biggest and more important news in my life is that I am now *Mrs. Elyse Leckey* (patent pending). On a beautiful and crazy hot day last September, I got dressed up as a fairy bride and married my best friend. We had a gorgeous medieval fairy tale celebration, and all our guests joined in for the fun.
I worked very hard on putting together such a magical day with my handsome prince charming. And, as you have probably guessed, hand-making jewelry for myself and my bridal party was high on my list of things to accomplish. My engagement ring, perfectly chosen by Mr. Husband, featured a beautiful rainbow moonstone, one of my favorite pebbles on the planet. Following this trend, I used countless moonstone cabochons in my subsequent creations.
Firstly, I designed and created necklaces for my bridesmaids and flower girl in the shape of little will-o-wisps. I made Russian leaves, using the technique employed by Simple Beading Patterns (credit where it is due!!), and left them amply open to give the bit of magic in my stones the ability to fly!
I was very happy with the final results, not to mention very proud, because I had never made so many pieces of the same design at once. I usually create one of a kind pieces that take a spirit of their own, but these little fairies were like a little family!
I learned a great deal about creating designs that can be easily replicated. I should also admit that I am still not completely happy with how the pendants ended up sitting (and sometimes twisting and flipping) once completed. For this reason, I’ll need to do a bit more experimenting with the weight of the fairies and the mobility of the wings before I start selling this design in my etsy shop.
I also made my own bridal jewelry set!
I went particularly ALL OUT in designing my headpiece, which unlike the previous fairy necklaces, was perfectly balancing the weight of the stones and sat pretty on my head without a problem.
My necklace featured the biggest semi-precious gemstone (a moonstone, duh) I have ever bezelled. I felt like a shining star…
And that was it! About 15 months of beading (along side wedding planning, crafting decor and another million), all for one fantastic day that I will never forget.
The entire project was a lot of work, but I loved how everything fit my theme and aesthetic exactly to my imagination. I know I’ll only be married once, but I’d actually enjoy doing this again. Maybe a bride-to-be somewhere is waiting for a magical beadweaver to make her wedding dreams come true? 😉
Most of the wedding photos above were taken by the talented Shea-Lyn.
I LOVE MY MODELS IN CRYSTAL
Before/during/after the wedding grew an ever growing obsession for pointed crystals. I seriously can’t get enough of these!
I created six pendant necklaces, testing out different colours and focal centres, which were sometimes cabochons and other times large beads that I felt were fitting to an overall atmosphere or feeling each necklace was conveying.
The best part about showing these necklaces off was being able to do it with lovely models! Above are featured the necklines of my friends Caro, Kim and Anik. This shoot was more than a year ago, but I am still so grateful for their help and can’t wait to do this again! Next time, I definitely want to do something with fantasy costumes and accessories to fit the theme of my work a bit better… So many ideas!
I got to work with my darling sister, and up and coming photographer just blooming with talent. Check out her work and think of her next time you’d like portraits or product photos in Ottawa!
My FAVORITE in the series above has to be my Muggle Patronus pendant. Not all of us can cast a Patronus to protect ourselves, so I have here a bit of the White Stag’s inner spirit, to ward off soul-sucking creatures.
Regarding the design of the necklaces…I was really going in the right direction as far as pendants and using atmospheres and matching focal points, but there were a few issues. Mainly, the rope-work was simply too time consuming, even if I loved how dainty and lightweight the chains turned out. The chevron idea for grasping the crystal points was cute, but it didn’t always work out with the random shapes every piece has…and I do love the natural aspect of each crystal! The final labour and materials prices ended up really cranking the price to my potential customers, which I ultimately disliked.
I couldn’t get these pesky little beauties out of my mind, however! I spent days on end matching little crystal points with focal beads and cabochons…and one more element: CHARMS! The design options, still speaking of atmospheres for each piece, are endless!
As my ideas evolved, I decided to follow my hands in the way a hobbit would follow her feet, and chose freeform peyote as my approach of choice. This means that I can incorporate little specks of magic as each pendant takes form! To save time, and costs for my clients, I chose to use suede or ribbon necklace chains instead of beading them myself.
I like this new technique, because it allows me to create something truly one of a kind, and then quickly move on to a new piece while my energy is ripe! This means more necklaces being made sooner, and more choices for my customers. ❤ I can still of course hand-weave a beautiful chain for commissioners. 🙂
Did I mention? I love love love special requests!
Here are my first three in this new wave of design, with so many more on the way! See how there’s an overall similar look for all of them, but how different each turns out depending on colours, charms, and shapes?
Speaking of freeform pendants with crystal points, I did go overboard a bit for this next one, but I just couldn’t stop! I know I keep saying that, but I have so many ideas for other pendants in a similar vein…
In any case, Dragon Magic should NOT be trifled with!
In creating my bridal tiara, I came to realize that headpieces are truly my favorite to make. I have searched far and wide across the plains and oceans of the internet, and it has become obvious that handmade beadwoven hairbands and tiaras are very rare. I choose to solemnly rise to this occasion and offer ladies and gentlemen gorgeous, lightweight and completely customizable headpieces. All girls are princesses, all boys are princes, and I shall crown them all!
My First Art Show- NCR UNCOVERED
And it’s just when things are finally quieting down and that I think I have plenty of time to work on new projects when life comes KNOCKING!
I was invited to take part of the NCR Uncovered Art Show/Gala last March 29th.
With the help of Mr. Husband and my lovely sister, I set up my booth to look so very Humdrum Auguries :p. I was very proud of the look overall, though I have learned a great deal about what I’d want for next time. (For example, bring real clippers and not just cheap scissors…)
As one of only a few artists being featured with jewelry, the experience was simply incredible! I sold 13 PIECES, which I couldn’t have predicted. I was able to meet and talk to many customers, and learn more about my target audiences.
Something that hadn’t occurred to me before, is that children and preteens seemed to adore my work! I vowed to make kid allowance-friendly pieces for next time.
My favorite customer was a young girl who came by my table with (I think) her grandmother, on 3 different occasions. I was so flattered by her return visits, this sweetheart made my night. She chose in the end the opaline crystal pendant pictured above, with the golden lotus charm and Lucite stone. I hope it brings you joy and wonderment, little one! A little piece of my heart left that art show with you <3.
I got to introduce Ziroonderel at this show, my new witch assistant. Her frame came to me secondhand, and I didn’t want to let her go despite her cracks and bumps. Never fear, witchy friend, I can see your inner magic, and thou art beautiful!
I did the decoupage myself with letters Mr. Husband printed off for me. He’s been working on transcribing the contents for his university professor, and the script is from 1789. I was immediately drawn by the skillful handwriting of the period, and I just knew Ziroon would like her new skin. The power of words, that is true spellwork!
I also got to bring my new displays to the show!
Created by request by Drifting Concepts, I call this bust the Neck of Hera. It goes so nicely with my Mysterious Island necklace.
I also used this branch display, which is perfect for bracelets and earrings.
Seriously, check out their shop for some amazing pieces made with love:
Other Stuff I Made
I made a bunch of other small things in the last 20 months. I also got great photos of my work and got to put up breathtaking etsy listings.
In retrospect, I accomplished quite a bit in the last almost two years! I can’t wait to see of what I make of the next 20 months. One thing is for sure, it involves more blogging. 🙂