December 3, 2008

Mauna Loa ~ Days 41, 42 & 43...It's DONE!

Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa

Over 200 hours of work, but it's finally done and I'm happy with the way it turned out! :-)

The base is made with bezeled Lava beads and free form/sculptural peyote stitch with matte, opaque and AB black seed beads in size 8/0, 11/0 (round and triangles) and 15/0.There are also black AB Czech Fire Polished beads 3mm and 4mm.

The embellishments (Ferns, Proteas, Ohia Lehua flowers and leaves, Ohelo berries and leaves) are all done with size 15/0 seed beads, a few Delicas and a few gold plated Charlottes.
The Ohelo berries are 3mm round coral beads and the centers of the 2 Proteas are 12mm Swarovski Rivolis.

Let's see if now I can finish that poor neglected "Donuts & Lentils" necklace! ;-)

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Grace on December 3, 2008 5:33 PM
Holy cow woman... that is GORGEOUS!!!  The close up shots are amazing.  Really nice work!  Need to go back and look some more.  Congrats on finishing it.
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Saby on December 3, 2008 8:48 PM

Thank you, Grace! :-)
The amazing thing is that it actually turned out pretty much as I'd originally pictured it in my mind! Lol
I think I need to make an instant gratification piece now. ;-)
Cheers
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Mia and James Johns on December 3, 2008 9:27 PM
iWow,

Simply amazing really. James and I are just blown away. it is so beautiful really. 200 hours and well worth it. I must say this is by far your best work yet. The skill and time that went into it just woa. 

Thankyou for sharing such a lovely pice of art, It truly does shadow the artist herself. 

With Love 
James and Mia


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Saby on December 3, 2008 10:36 PM
This artist is sure happy to be shadowed by it! LOL
Thank you guys! :-) I'm glad you like it. 

Love & hugs, 
Mom
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Lora on December 4, 2008 2:12 AM
Oh, my liiving stars!!!!  Saby, it's beyond gorgeous!!!  Wow!!  200 hours of work made something priceless.  You are amazing!  Thank you for sharing the pictures and the journey with us.  You definitely deserve to do something for instant gratification now! 
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Saby on December 4, 2008 2:51 AM

Thank you so much, Lora! :-)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the journey!

I'm wondering if there actually is an instant gratification project with this kind of beadwork....I might knit a scarf. Lol

Aloha
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Dulcey on December 4, 2008 8:47 AM
Oh wow.  Just wow.  This is just excellent, and I'm sure more amazing in person.  I love all the texture, and the ferns and flowers are just perfect with the contrasting black lava.  Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Saby on December 4, 2008 12:51 PM

Thank you, Dulcey! :-)
I loved working on this piece, it brought me back to the amazing time I had visiting the Volcanoes National Park.
I'm so glad you like it! :-)
Aloha!

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Mary LeMieux-Ruibal on December 4, 2008 11:12 AM
OHMYGAWD!!!
This is simply GORGEOUS!!!  I'm totally amazed!  You've outdone yourself here, girl!!  Seriously - this is a total masterpiece!   WOW!
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Saby on December 4, 2008 1:08 PM

Awww... Thank you, Mary! :-)
I'm so happy to see that my favorite Beady Buddies/Friends/Family like the way this necklace turned out. To me it's better than winning a contest! :-)
Aloha!
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Katie on December 4, 2008 5:09 PM
I'm in love. 
I am drooling. 
Did I tell you I love this?
your work is spectacular?
Can I come to your house?
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Saby on December 5, 2008 12:04 AM

Thank you so much, Katie! :-)

Yes, yes, come on over with a bunch of black beads, so we can start to bead a Kilauea necklace together! ;-)

Aloha
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Ellen Chasse on December 4, 2008 10:47 PM
My oh my Saby, this is a real work of art!  Everything is so realistic, I love all of the flowers..
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Saby on December 5, 2008 12:20 AM

Thank you, Ellen! It's so good to hear from you again! :-) Bead Art is sooo quite without you posting. :-(
Hugs & Meows
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frany on December 5, 2008 3:38 AM
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL !!!! I love it !
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Saby on December 5, 2008 4:07 AM


Merci beaucoup, Frany! :-) I'm so glad you like it.

Bisous

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Illaya Brown on December 14, 2008 12:00 PM
Absolutely stunning. Would love to see this up close and personal. I have followed this piece from it's conception when you first talked about it on Bead Art. It surpasses what I had imagined it to look like. You need to enter this into the Beaddreams contest. It surely is a winner.
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Saby on December 14, 2008 9:19 PM

Awww, Illaya, thank you so much for following this project and for your kind words! I'm so glad you like the way it turned out.
Thank you also for thinking it would be a winner! :-)
Entering a piece into the Beaddreams contest would be too much of an hassle for me, since I don't live in the US. The photos are not enough, they require the piece itself and between the cost of shipping with a reliable courier, the insurance, the chance of getting charged by our custom on the way back, the risk of damage/loss during the show and the fact that they would keep it for months....nah, not for me.
Being able to share my suff here on my site and on the forums is plenty enough for me. :-)
Hugs,
Saby
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Christina on December 15, 2008 12:42 PM
Absolutely stunning!!!!!
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Saby on December 15, 2008 9:11 PM

Thank you so much, Christina! :-)

Cheers,
Saby
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perloosette on December 30, 2008 11:44 AM
what a wonderfull necklace!!!!, your beadwork is really incredible. I love it.
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Saby on January 1, 2009 1:11 AM

Thank you so much for your kind words about my beadwork! :-)
Cheers,
Saby
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KATY on December 31, 2008 1:15 PM
Wonderful !
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Saby on January 1, 2009 1:12 AM

Thank you so much, Katy! :-)
Cheers,
Saby
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Kim Anderson on January 4, 2009 4:00 AM
Awsome & Taking my breath away. Thank you Saby very much for your beautiful website, you're sharing with us so beautiful things. I am so touched by your generosity.
With Kiss & all my best wishes for the New Year 2009.
Kim Anderson
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Saby on January 4, 2009 6:29 AM

Thank you so much for your kind words about my work, Kim! :-)
I hope you're going to have a Wonderful 2009!
Hugs,
Saby
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Illaya Brown on January 20, 2009 11:05 AM
I forgot about all the hasels it would involve Saby. You are not only an outstanding teacher and beader but a humble loving person. Your accolades and rewards will be far reaching.
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Saby on January 20, 2009 7:28 PM


Oh Illaya, good thing I can't blush through the monitor! ;-)
You're such a treasure! Thank you so much for your loving message...this means a lot to me...
Big hugs,
Saby

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Mieke Valk on January 22, 2009 9:01 PM
Dear lady... that is ART!!! WOOW!!!
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Saby on January 22, 2009 9:55 PM

Thank you so much, Mieke! :-)
Cheers,
Saby
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Judith Golan on May 16, 2009 3:54 PM
I have 1 word to say
and its a big, GIANT:

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!

IT'S a WONDERFULLLLLLLLLLLLL creation.

Best,

Judith
(Jubeads box)




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Saby on May 17, 2009 3:59 AM

Thank you so much, Judith! :-)

Cheers,
Saby

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