|Photo cred: Niky Sayers|
Confession: I know NOTHING about runes except that I immediately think of Lord of the Rings - because LOTR is like my favorite thing. As soon as I knew I was picked, ideas of hobbit holes, secret doors and trees began to swim in front of me. I briefly looked up what some of them meant and then waited for 'Brown Santa' (USPS) to arrive.
I began to think about what kind of warrior I would want to be known for and 2 things came to mind - advocate & defensive. More in my past than recently, I have lobbied for more strict and defined laws against human trafficking, educated the public on the issue, written senators and even lobbied at the White House. I want to be a warrior who advocates for the freedom of others. I also have a tendency to "mother". I may not BE a mother but, whether my friends and family like it or not, I often find myself mothering them or giving counsel. I want to be a warrior who takes up arms in defense of others - not one that seeks battle.
These thoughts led me to a relatively obvious inspiration - armor. Armor is fascinating both in structure, history and workmanship. (Random aside: check out my AWESOME finger armor ring!)
You know how sometimes things come together super easily? Well this was one of those moments. A beader friend of mine, Madleen Demaras, had given me a number of vintage nailheads just the day before - in that mix were some metal embellishments with a coppery tone that were PERFECT for rivet heads.
I traced out my sketched shape on a piece of Lacy's and got to work arranging and securing these little beauties.
The next step was to bead the border. I decided to bead the inner and outer border with black and fill in with my favorite silver 15s. Once again, I chose 15s. Sometimes I don't know why I do things - I just do. Though there is a part of me that does get satisfaction beading on such a small scale because you do have more control with fluid lines.
After securing the rune I looked at the beads I had chosen to use to fill in the center and realized I didn't like them for this after all. I searched for something more appropriate and landed on a coppery bronze 11 and began the process of filling in.
Because the Lacy's was heavy with beadwork, it was very curly and bendy so I needed to reinforce the piece with something - I chose a piece of plastic with an exceptionally chill cow on it. Before gluing down this vacationing bovine, I took a picture of the back of the piece. For some reason I keep doing this - I have mentioned it before but the back of beadwork is fascinating - a historical account of every artistic decision. I think its beautiful and something worth documenting.
|The thingies - a technical term.|
****COMPLETE SHIFT OF THE THING****
Boy do I ever keep you on your toes lol!!! About 1/2 way through completing the edging I was showing my graphic designer mother the piece and she had a BRILLIANT idea that completely shifted my thinking. She suggested that instead of turning the piece into a necklace, it was much more suited as a kind of "patch" on a book or purse. She held up the beadwork next to a army green canvas purse and I was IMMEDIATELY sold. I knew it would be a strange necklace - which I don't really mind...but the piece is far more suited to a bag embellishment! I have never done this sort of thing before so I knew it would be an adventure. I began to disassemble part of the work I did on the backing so that I could attach the shield/breastplate to a bag. (BTW, this is the day prior to the blog post that I began this process...I also keep myself on my toes apparently.)
|Starting disassembling process|
I removed the edging, the Ultrasuede and the plastic I used to support the piece. Thankfully this was a very easy process just carefully peeling off the layers.
|The 3 stooges of disassembly. (One of which is a fading vacationing bovine.)|
With the beadwork detached from the backing pieces, I took a Sharpie and blackened all the edges of the Lacy's. The edge doesn't really show, however, since there would be no bead edging on the canvas bag, I didn't want to take a chance that the white would show through. Then I used a ruler and the seams of the purse to find the middle and tacked down the beadwork.
|Tour de Force|
It took some doing to properly attach the patch but now I have a snazzy new custom Warrior bag! I might get around to doing some more detail work on it someday, but until then I will carry this with pride!
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