New Studio Happenings

February 15, 2014 , In: General, Studio

My studio is ever crowded by beads in various stages of
completion—there’s very rarely a day that goes by that I’m not taking hot
beads out of the oven, painting said beads, and scrubbing the remnants
of polymer clay and paint off my hands. (Actually the paint
usually stays for a few days until it wears off. My hands and nails
often look a bit like a gardener’s… if soil was multi-colored!) I love
this job!

But every so often I need to create something new, something that isn’t polymer clay, or at least isn’t all polymer clay.

Lately that something new has been jewelry…

I’m so happy to be making jewelry again! It’s been a few
years since I’ve made it regularly and I’m so excited to start designing
again. Jewelry making is what started me on the path of bead
making, but in all the flurry of making a gazillion sleepy critters, I
was beginning to forget the part of me that loves to string beads and
wrap wire. Almost. So I’ve decided to start allowing myself a little
studio time devoted to jewelry making only. Ahhh! It’s so good to be
back at it again.

And here are other new things I’m playing with these days:

Soft tan suede, a wood burning tool, and a crazy idea I’ve been wanting to pursue for eons!

as much as I love painting, I love doodling and doodling with something
that can fry your fingers really, really good, just adds to the fun, don’t you think?

Of course, I had to paint some too.

And making new leather feather components leads to more new jewelry…

“A Spot of Flight”

“Fly with Painted Wings”

new things have you been inspired to create this year? Any old
favorites you’ve just picked up again? It’s a new year — even if we are
already halfway through the second month — there’s no better time to
start making time to create a few things that really make you happy! What are those
happy things for you? Do share!


Rebekah Payne

Rebekah Payne is the designer and creator behind Tree Wings Studio. What started out as just a few beads for her own jewelry creations quickly grew into more than a hobby and she now spends every spare moment busy in her studio crafting beads for jewelry designers around the world… and the occasional piece of jewelry for herself. She loves fine details, rustic charm, earthy hues, and all things textural. These days her medium of choice is polymer clay, but she also dabbles in wire-working and uses various fibers and leather.
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    love your leather feathers. they are gorgeous.
    I have a wood burning tool that hasn't seen the light of day in years (don't know why i have one )
    this has inspired me to use some of my leather scraps that i had no idea what to use them for, thanks for the inspiration. and so glad you have made time to do something you love just for the pleasure of it.

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      I'm so happy you're inspired Deb! I've never once burned wood with my wood burning tool… I actually did buy it originally for burning leather, but after using it twice or so, I hadn't used it in ages. That was back before I was really into jewelry making, so I'm really happy that it's in use again. I hope you'll bring yours out to play with too!

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    I am SO in love with your feathers!!!! I hope you will make some available with your beads, because they are perfect!!! I was also really smitten with your cuff, and the methods you used to put it all together (I read that whole post while drooling). What gorgeous things you're making – I'm so happy you're designing jewelry again!! 😀

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      Thank you so much!! Yes, more feathers are in the making now and will hopefully be in my shop in the next week or so. Right now I'm dreaming up color combos and a few new patterns. I really am so thrilled to be creating jewelry again—it's like finding a part of myself that I've been missing for a very long time—it just feels so right. 🙂

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    You have so many interesting things going on in your studio. Really love the first piece. I've been playing with clay too and having lots of fun.

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      Thanks Dolores! Polymer clay is so much fun, isn't it—I can't be a day without it!

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    Your suede pieces are beautiful works of art!! Love the mixed media aspect and the colors.
    I could also see an awesome statement piece with the suede feathers and your beads in a necklace.
    Thanks for sharing!!

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      Thank you Sandi! I'm pretty sure I'll have to keep a few from the new batch to make jewelry for myself (I have been just awful about hoarding my latest jewelry creations!)… and maybe to write a few jewelry tutorials too. 🙂

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    Love your work rebekah – it's so original and full of multi dimensional interest and depth…keep it up.

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      Thank you Lesley! There's really nothing so fun as pursing a little imaging and seeing where it ends up. I'm so lucky to be a part of this awesome group—you ladies inspire me to push myself further everyday.

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    How fun to return to an old love! And SO glad you did! I am still knocked out by the cuff you made with Jenny's component, you really need to be making jewelry as you clearly have a gift for using beads as well as making them! Your feather components are just gorgeous, I love your subtle painting. They really look fabulous with the beaded beads too.

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      Oh, it surely is! It's strange how something that I so enjoyed was really fairly easily forgotten, but now that I'm back in it again, I'm seeing ideas that I had only briefly envisioned come into the light finally… and so much better than I had hoped they ever would be. Thank you Keirsten—coming from someone whose talent I so admire, your comments mean so very much to me.

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    So glad you are following your muse and feeling that surge of joy from creating what you love. You are so multi-talented. I'm loving your leather feathers!

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      Thanks Linda! Me too. Now I just need to find a balance—some days I'm wanting to bypass bead making altogether and dive into jewelry making instead. 😉

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    I adore these! I am so glad you are making jewelry again because I love seeing your creative spin on these.

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      Thanks Jen! I have been so busy in bead-mode, that I sometimes found myself wondering how exactly a new bead idea would be used… or would it be used at all… So, you could say making jewelry has some business points too (I'm working on my excuses, incase I need them.) I'm really hoping to do more than a few jewelry how-to posts in the future too. 🙂

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    Those feathers are awesome!!

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    Lovin' all your pieces , but that cuff is just WOW!!!!!!!

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      Thank you!! I'm pretty sure I'm hooked on cuff making now—I will definitely have to make a few more in the very near future. 🙂

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    OMG. Leather feathers? Swoon! I just bought a whole mess of leather scraps. Not sure what I am going to do with them, but your inventiveness and playful spirit have inspired me! I am itching to get to metal. Hopefully my shipment will arrive soon! Enjoy the day. Erin

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      Oooh what fun! Definitely share a few photos if you end up burning some of that new leather "mess"—I would love to see what you dream up! Metal?! Now, that is really something I want to try so badly. I have a sneaking feeling though, that if I got my hands on metal, polymer would be down for more than a good while. 😉 I can't wait to see what you make!

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