The picture is a scan of an amulet bag I made a few years ago. The subject is Rufferto, the hound who has attached himself to Groo, Sergio Aragones' mendicant warrior. The bag is made in peyote st using 15/0 seed beads, bead appliquet and simple fringe. The strap (not pictured) attaches with a button and loop closure, and may be worn as a necklace without the bag. To learn more about Rufferto, or Groo-- go to www.groo.com (a fan club) or to www.povonline.com (run by Mark Evanier, Sergio's partner and writer for the Groo adventures) and click on the link to "Groo the Wanderer".
I live in San Diego, CA-- married with two kids, two dogs, a beta and three goldfish. Also have a lot of "plant puppies" and probably enough crafts "stuff" to stock a small store....
I've been doing "crafts" most of my life. Of course, just because I learn a new craft, doesn't mean I dropped any of the others... at least, not permanently.
My work tends to be “eclectic”—a polite way of saying “weird” in some cases. Sometimes, I will do a “series” of related projects, but, in general, no two will be exactly the same… sometimes not even both earrings in a pair…. I am drawn to large, complex structures and bright and/or contrasting colors, and will mix a variety of materials— gold and silver, glass and stone, plastic and pearls….
However, I CAN work “small” and simple, and often experiment with color and materials combinations in these simpler pieces. The ones that “turn out nice” are added to my inventory— memory wire based jewelry, hair accessories, purse charms, etc. (The others are broken down for their parts).