With grace (I hope), Sarcasm makes a “cameo” appearance in your lives once again. No, seriously, things have not been good for me healthwise as of late, to the point of spending way more time in hospitals than out, and that is just not fair to my readers.
One of the issues I had to face was whether or not I had breast cancer – during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As of now, the answer to that one is a tentative no, but in three months – who knows? But needless to say, there are some other very serious issues I have and will be facing, so my postings may be rather sporadic.
As those of you who know anything about me know, every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month I pick one Designer’s piece, and do it in all pinks and then sell the design sample as a 100% charitable donation to the Breast Cancer Charity of the buyer’s choice. All I ask is that you specify a legitimate and recognized Breast Cancer Research Fund or Charity.
This year I took a left turn and decided NOT to use anyone else’s design, and try my hand at doing my own. Not only that, but in place of the bracelet or bangle that I normally do, instead choosing to do pendant which is more representative of breast cancer by mere virtue of wearing it usually over the breast area, I chose the cameo because not only does it historically represent women (although men CAN and DO get breast cancer!) going back as far as 3rd Century B.C., and considered great status symbols – most notably with Napoleon’s support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos! The 19th-century Russian poet Lev Mei, who composed a cycle of six poems entitled Камеи (Cameos, 1861), as reflections on each of the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Nero. In 1852 Théophile Gautier titled a collection of his highly polished, lapidary poems Emaux et Camées (Enamels and Cameos).
This particular objets d’art that I chose to use – as do any of the cameos of carvings of women, shows the woman cut off just above her breasts, eerily similar to a mastectomy. Freeform bezeled in flat, even peyote with Duracoat Galvanized Champagne Delicas and 15/0 Semi-Matte Silver-Lined Dark Rose (from stash), I then accented it with 11/0 Duracoat Champagne and 15/0 Galvanized Rose Charlottes (also from stash), Rose Polychrome Nib-Bit beads, and 4mm Swarovski Light Rose Crystal Bicones. I alternated the 11/0 and charlottes for a quick bail. It was a quick and as far as technique, relatively easy project, but one close to my heart, so to speak.
No longer will you be left out of my sarcastic world, no matter how ill I am or will be. Yes, I ask for donations to keep this blog going, especially since my sponsor was yet another sad victim of the lost brick and mortar bead stores. However, you will never be expected or asked to purchase anything from my blog – only from my advertisers! If you would like to purchase from me, please go HERE and I thank you in advance.
Remember, I have zero overhead (mainly because I am not in the business of being a flea market), and I am a TRUE Starman Dealer and will NEVER charge you for a Trendsetter’s pattern copied from a customer. Heck, I would never charge you for a “free” pattern anyway! (I can actually afford to print a few pages if you need a written copy ) You will ALWAYS pay less than what you would in a brick and mortar store. I teach FREE, basic techniques by appointment (due to my health treatment schedule) and would adore sharing something I have learned along the way with YOU. I show you by example and would never dream of handing you an instruction sheet and move on without showing you MYSELF. I may rip something apart six different ways to Sunday, but that is the PERFECTIONIST in me, not settling until it is beautifully done RIGHT. I may step away and work on something else during the process, but THAT keeps my mind sharp! If you focus on one project or misstep in a project for too long, you are much more likely to stuff it in that UFO box. How many of you have done that? Having multiple projects going on is a sign of the Creative Process – something only a TRUE Designer understands.
Until next time, stay smart – or stay smart sassy!
Becca, The Sarcastic Beader