With falling temperatures and color-changing plants, we can hear wing beats from migratory birds. October 2021 is about celebrating the autumn colors.
This took longer to write than I like to admit, partly because there was some technical clutter with the blog post a little wooly mess. And partly because I was hoping to make a double-up blog with both October and November, but it did not happen. Why will be clear on (November 21). Thirdly because I did not get the pearls until November because people went completely crazy around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and Covid-19 was not so kind to the people either.
But mostly because I wanted to finish Dad's sweater first (finished it in December).
But I could find other jewelry makers on YouTube who had gotten their box so I quickly got ideas.
So this month's theme was "Taking wing" (idiom, means to start flying/to wander) with a lot of feather motifs. Fantastic colors in yellow, purple, brown, cream, and gold.
The package was rich in a semi-precious stone I have not heard of before: Mookaite, which I fell head over heels for. This is a big part of why I subscribe to this pearl package, to work with materials I am not familiar with.
As mentioned above, I like mookaite: the chips, the faceted nugget, the wing, and the round beads (both large and small).
The glass beads compliment the semi-precious stone so beautifully.
And the big gold feather: 😍
I have not been able to design very much with the content, but I have done something.
I have made a bracelet with some of the small feather charms, purple crystal beads, and one sesame jasper bead.
I took four of the large round mookaite beads and four of the mookaite nuggets and a good chunk of the metal necklace and made a necklace / wrap-around bracelet.
Most of the mookaite chips and middle beads were used in a necklace that I most likely put on a new wire or take off the wire guards because they do not cooperate.
And I have used the yellow crystal beads, some purple crystals, and red glass beads in a RAW piece of jewelry by following Orchid and Opal's video.
The last nugget of stone I attached to the mookaite wing is ready to be put on string or leather thread. I'm still not sure which one I'll choose.
When I have finished with all the designs I can come up with, a separate post will be written with more details for those who are interested.