Bead "Lanterns"

Happy Sunday, y'all! 

My latest project has been something that I had pinned a while back and have wanted to try.   I've been intrigued by this picture for a while.  According to the pin, these creations are made by Janice Berkebile.  Aren't they fabulous?!  The classes were from 2010 and held in Ohio, so I was on my own to figure out how to create my own version.  :)

I had a quiet afternoon yesterday, so I pulled out some wire, bead caps and some of my favorite beads and tried my hand at these whimsical lovelies. 

Stuff used for the lanterns:  Pliers, wire, beads, headpins, bead caps. 

Stuff used for the lanterns:  Pliers, wire, beads, headpins, bead caps. 

So, after a little deconstructing in my head, I came up with my version.  They're rough and rudimentary and nowhere near the level of Janice's originals, but loads of fun to do.  My wire working skills could do with some practice and some of the combinations are a little crazy, but I love the overall look to these.  They have a kind of fairybook meets birdcage meets The Mikado feel to them. 

Funky little lanterns

Funky little lanterns

Don't ask how many times I had to redo this to get the seed beads on.   It was a bit like putting together an IKEA cabinet.  xD

Don't ask how many times I had to redo this to get the seed beads on.   It was a bit like putting together an IKEA cabinet.  xD

So there you have it.  Another experiment that I'm not sure to do with next.  Bah!  LOL!  I think I will make a "Mikado" necklace (once I find my fan charms).  Hope you enjoyed the post and encourage you to try your hand at making these.  They were super fun! 

-r

xoxo