September 09, 2008

Yin & Yang - Complementary Contradictions


The theme for this month – Complementary Contradictions, was picked by me, after winning the July challenge with my Roses in the Night Sky bracelet (Thanks again to everyone who voted for me!).

Yin and Yang are the Chinese symbols of harmony, as they are opposites that complement each other. If you would like to read more about this symbol and the Chinese theory, please visit this page of Wikipedia.

At first I wanted to create a pendant of the traditional, rounded symbol, using rocailles. But later I decided to use the black and silver Aiko's that a very dear friend from the U.S. has sent me. They are very uniformed and perfect for peyote work, so I then decided to design the symbol in straight lines and create a bracelet instead of a pendant. I also used 24k gold-plated Delica beads. The closing is also representing Yin & Yang - two straps in opposite directions and colors.
I have spent about 3 hours working on the 'body' of cuff and additional 2 hours of work on the closure... ;) I really like how it came out.

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I now realize that it has been more than a month since my last post.
I have been so busy and troubled lately. Unfortunately, I have some family 'issues' and health problems. I hardly find time to bead (I still haven't finished the embroidered cuff), but when I do find some free time to do my beadwork, I really enjoy it! It allows me to take a break from life, so to speak... I hope this period of time will pass quickly, as well as the health problems, so I can get back to my beading routine... I really miss the days (and nights) when I was able to finish a work almost every other day!... :)

14 comments:

  1. You are another speed-beader, Smadar. I could never finish a cuff that size in five hours! Wow. It's beautiful and on my very short list of pieces to chose from in this month's challenge.

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  2. Smadar - I am sad to hear you are going thru some difficult times. I love your entry for the monthly challange - I better get over there and vote!

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  3. Wow ! Your bracelet are so beautiful !

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  4. I've nominated you for an award!!! :-) please feel free to participate or ignore :-)
    http://triz-beadingmania.blogspot.com/2008/09/award.html

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  5. The bracelet is beautiful, very unusual. Good luck with the competition. I am sorry to read you are not well. I hope you make a speedy recovery.

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  6. You know, that's really unique.

    I like this bracelet. So many things you can wear it with, since the colors are basic and clean. The gold accent really adds the right touch.
    Nice design!

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  7. This is so beautiful...I like the variation on the rounded yin yang!! Thanks you for stopping in to the Wire Artisans Guild Etsy Trunk Show this evening as well:-)

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  8. This bracelet is so beautiful, I am very partial to black and white. I hope you feel better soon.

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  9. Thank you all so very much! also for the encouragements!, it means a lot to me! :)

    Pencio, thanks, its nice to have you visit :)

    thyme2dream, thanks, and the Trunk show was fun!

    thefitness diva, thanks, and yes, I also think that black&white can fit almost everything!

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  10. This is a great variation on the ying&yang theme. Striking ideas!

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  11. Thanks so much, geometric jewels! :)

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  12. Hello Smadar, your bracelet is very nice......I love your works.....
    liebe Grüße Andrea

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  13. Thanks so much, Andrea! Nice to have you visit :)

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