Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Artisan Beaders...Orion Designs

Vicki of Orion Designs is one of those talented people that truly intrigues me. She has a sense of vintage with an edge...at least that is how it makes me feel. And isn't that how art is? Each of us can see and feel something not quite like the rest?

The name of this piece always makes me smile, but the piece is one of her mixed medias that I love. Here's the listing and Vicki's description...

Bend Over -- Way Over

Isn't this a great vintage image? Is she dancing or just showing off?

The image is preserved under an acrylic panel that is riveted to a piece of patinated copper. Hanging from the bottom is a collection of aqua and copper beads that coordinate so well with the patina and the woman's dress. There are aqua beads about 2" up along the copper chain on one side and a whimsical charm on the other. You will notice 2 different styles of copper chain, both of which have been oxidized for a vintage look. They were then hand polished. The necklace ends with a simple hook clasp that I fabricated from copper wire.

She's got a fun blog. From her beautiful artisan jewelry to her handmade cards to her peeks into her Alaskan home and her kitchen, I leave her blog or her shop with whispers that inspire me.

So check out the shop and the blog...

And if you want to some wonderful tips from Vicki, she's been adding some to the Artisan Beaders blog on Technique Tuesdays.


  1. what a great combination of treasures! It's been a while since seeing her jewelry. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for such a heartfelt write-up!

  3. Great article, Deronda! Her work is fantastic!

  4. Beautiful post Deronda!! Vicki's talents always inspires me! :)

  5. Gorgeous necklace, she is very talented!
    Congratulations...there is an award waiting for you on my blog!

  6. Fun feature and great work. I appreciate her humor in her title:)

  7. Wonderful feature...love Vicki's work.