Saturday, 21 April 2012

Anyone for Rococo?

Well here is my finished Plume Agate cuff, as time went by it became more and more ornate, having started fairly Baroque it became Rococo!

I decided to edge the main area of the design with Matsuno Amber SL AB finish seedbeads, although they are less regular than the Miyukis, I think the shimmer makes up for it. It would have been easy to just continue all the way to the edge, but I wanted to keep the focus on the stone and it was already quite busy. I chose to just fill the background with rows of gilt lined ivory alabaster beads for an opalescent shimmer. I considered other beads but these seemed to fit without overwhelming. I wanted to use only the beads I had to hand (too impatient to wait for orders) and I had a 50g tube of these.

The final effect reminded me of the palace of Versailles, where every surface has decoration, and light and shimmer bounce off mirrors, crystal and gilding. I therefore decided to name the cuff  'Trianon'.

Trianon Cuff

Attaching to the cuff blank, and edging to complete took another evening. I chose Matsuno Champagne SL AB size 11s and  Miyuki duracoat Champagne 11s for a 'gilded' frame effect. The cuff is lined with cream Ultrasuede.

This whole piece was completely outside my comfort zone in colour and style, but while making it I was transported to another place and time, and I hope the 'romance' in my head was captured in the final product.

For other pictures including more progress shots, and a picture of the unmounted complete embroidery, see my Flickr Album Bead Embroidery


  1. Hello:-)
    It's fantastic!Looks like the first class porcelaine:-)Ideal Rococo epoque:-)) The colors remind me my Granny's Rosenthal tea complete set.It's really beautiful composition.
    Warm Hugs-Halinka-

  2. This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! A true masterpiece. I absolutely love it!

  3. I love this ... its truly beautiful. It really stands out and is really inspiring.

  4. Thank you all so much for the kind comments, It grew from the beautiful cabochon, I stared at it for a long time!

  5. This turned out very beautiful!
    Thanks for joining in on my birthday giveaway.

  6. You're so right about it echoing the opulance of Versailles - and you've certainly used colours and a style generally associated with Marie Antoinette. It's a beauty.

    Out of interest, can you remember where the gorgeous little leaves came from? They're a bit swoonsome :)

  7. Thank you! I'm fairly sure they came from Yashmacreations on Etsy, although Valentina didn't have any when I looked to replace these.