Thursday, July 13, 2017

ArtBead Scene: July

Tiger in a Tropical Storm

Henri Rousseau


I had a lot of fun with this color palette and theme. There is so much movement in the painting with the grasses and the rainy stormy sky. I wanted to try to pick up on those two features, so the first necklace represents the rain and the second the grasses.
For this first necklace I knew I wanted to use the Jade Scott (retired) pendant so I combined it with three ceramic art beads in the funky yellow-green shade that I acquired through a destash. Unfortunately I do not know the artist, so if you recognize them, please let me know! I added a polymer rose from Beady Eyed Bunny, these roses seem to be her specialty and they are perfect little works of art! It's hard to tell, but the left side has two strands, one is the drop seed beads and under that is a strand of tiny peridot chips. Together these two strands represent the rain and the huge blue/green swirl bead represents the stormy sky.

The next necklace was super fun to make! There are sooo many art beads, too. The clasp is Saki Silver. Then comes chicklet beads from SueBeads. The pendant is made with three Gaea ceramic pieces and I hung them with Wooly Wire. And I finished it off with a tin snippet component from Lorelei. While I gave myself some ( a lot ) of latitude with the raccoon pendant I used instead of a tiger... I stayed on course and used a few things to represent all the grasses. There's the tin snippet with leaves, the glass leaves, and the ceramic leaf AS WELL AS the tassel! My favorite part about this piece is that of all the shades of green, there is no two alike. Just like the shades of green in the grasses and leaves of the painting.

Here's a closer look at all of the artisan components...

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Art Bead Scene June 2017

Wow! This one sure has some bright colors!

Hot pink, electric blue, neon lime green

So, what better way to celebrate color than with a Joan Miller Porcelain owl!



Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspired by Reading: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn is set in a world full of ash and mist and darkness reigns.
In the author's own words... "A thousand years ago, the prophesied hero from lore rose up to overthrow a great and terrible evil. Only, he lost, and the Dark Lord took over and has been ruling with an iron fist for a thousand years. Ash falls from the sky in this barren land, and mists come every night, deep and mysterious. In this setting, a gang of thieves decides that the prophecies were all lies and that they can’t trust in some fabled hero to save them. They decide to take matters into their own hands, and plan a daring heist of the dark lord himself, planning to use the emperor’s own wealth to bribe his armies away from him and take over the empire."


Although there is no unicorn in the novel, I couldn't resist using one of Andrew Thornton's amazing metal clay pendants. So while the unicorn doesn't fit, the metal of the pendant falls right in line with the Mistborn's magical powers.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Art Bead Scene May 2017

One word: Picasso.

I decided to emulate the shapes this time instead of the color palette because of the intensity of this cubist painting. So I used these little leftover enameled pieces from C-Koop. I grabbed them up from her sale tray at Beadfest last year. Then I found the perfect Humblebeads to complement the color and keep with the abstract cubist feel. I used a faceted clay bead from Dianne Hawkey to finish up the tassel then I knotted waxed linen for an over the head necklace.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Inspired by Reading: April 2017

This month's book was Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
Here is the section that inspired me...

Here is my parrot necklace made with a Green Girl Studios parrot!!!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

ArtBead Scene: April 2017

Matamoe or Landscape with Peacocks
Paul Gauguin
Oil On Canvas
My interpretation is with Mary Harding two hole beads and waxed linen. I used a Golem ceramic bead as the clasp. I picked these beads out of my stash because they have a different color scheme on either side and that is what struck me about the painting.... it has a very distinct cool color palette on the one side of the painting and a warm color palette on the other.
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I also made this very tribal necklace that was inspired by this painting. I had this huge amazing heart focal by Stacie Louise Smith and I used leftover beads from my stash in the same flat shape for this over the head statement piece!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Firefly Design Challenge

This is my first time playing along in the Firefly Design Challenge. For this challenge, one picks from two or three different component kits from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Designs. She makes wonderful ceramic pendants, bracelet bars, earring components and beads. She sent along a secret component from Gardanne Beads, a little enameled butterfly charm! The challenge is to use all the pieces in a set of jewelry. What Fun I Had! 

Here is the bracelet made with three of her pieces and lots of fun additions.

Here are the simple and sweet earrings I made with her earring pair of charms.

Here is the main attraction! Her fun butterfly bead is matched on the other side by her round bead paired with her flower shape piece. The focal pendant is made with her focal and the sweet butterfly charm from Gardanne.
Most of the rest of the elements of my three pieces came from Allegory Gallery
Those yellow and brown glass beads are Manik Manik Indonesian glass! and they were a perfect match with the silk ribbon and waxed linen and leather that I used to tie everything together. 
OH, those adorable ladybugs.... Czech glass! 

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