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Art Bead Scene – October Challenge

At last I’m writing about something that’s up-to-date and not just filling in the background to what I’ve been up to.  I’ve just completed my entries for the October Art Bead Scene challenge and will be posting them soon.

The artwork for this month was something different and really appealed to me.


Revolving by Kirt Schwitters 1919
Assemblage-Wood, metal, cord, cardboard, wool, wire, leather, and oil on canvas  –  Museum of Modern Art, New York

In Revolving, the cord, hoops, wire mesh, and small objects tacked to the painterly canvas replace depicted lines and forms. Schwitters’s use of fragments reflects a society shattered by World War I. “Out of parsimony I took whatever I found . . . because we were now an impoverished country,” he wrote in 1919. “New things had to be made out of the fragments.”
Whilst not impoverished the idea of using what I had in my bead stash and a mix of beads appealed to me and I used some metal items that have been lurking for a year or two in the bracelet I made.  These were mixed with  toho beads and  pearls as well as some fairly new ceramic beads.

The ceramic beads were from Bo Hulley (www.etsy.com/shop/Bohulleybeads) in a range of colours to reflect the picture. Various metal beads and rings have been used as Schwitter used scrap metal pieces in his painting. The rings move as the bracelet is being worn creating gentle movement and fall into different positions constantly. I thought the picture had a sort of ‘pearlised’ finish so pearls were used to complete the bracelet.

This picture shows the bracelet being worn with the rings positioning themselves amongst the ceramic beads


This picture was a good choice for jewellery makers as we work with shapes and colour rather than drawn lines to create our art;  as Schwitter did.


Necklace – Fragments make a whole. This reflects Karl Schwitter’s approach to his painting ‘Revolving’

It features some lovely ceramic beads again from Bo HulleyBeads  (www.etsy.com/shop/Bohulleybeads) in shades of the artwork and these are separated by copper wavy discs  ( www.etsy.com/shop/daisychainextra) to represent the round metal shapes (wheels) in the painting. Silver connectors and beads with a central lampwork bead complete the ‘fragmented approach’ as without the picture I would not have thought of combining these elements. The ceramic clasp with metal toggle also come from Bo Hulley Beads and the necklace is strung on waxed cotton.

An enjoyable challenge

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August Monthly Challenge Update – Art Bead Scene

This was the first Challenge I entered and I really enjoyed it.  It made me experiment more with colours and design and gave me a chance to use some of my bead stash, always a good thing.
Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903 by Winslow Homer
Few of Homer’s watercolors rival this one for its effects of shimmering sunlight and steamy atmosphere.
I made two pieces, a necklace and bracelet.  The plan was to just make the necklace but I found that I couldn’t use all my ideas in one piece and so I made the bracelet to incorporate these.  The unplanned bracelet is the item of jewllery I’m wearing the most at the moment.

Fish for Tea – Necklace  
                                     Fish for Tea  -  ABS AUG

A mixture of art beads, semi-precious, glass and silk.

Large Lampwork beads by Claire-Louise Patrick, Ciel Creations.
Small lampwork beads by Judith Johnston
Heart and clasp by Jo Tinley, Daisychain Jewellery

Best Fishes – Bracelet


With dangles that represent the movement and light effects of the sea in Winslow Homer’s water colour – Fishing Boats, Key West

Lampwork Beads by Judith Johnston
Ceramic clasp bead by Bohulleybeads
Copper connector by Jo Tinley, Daisychain Jewellery

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ABS Challenge Update – September

September Monthly Challenge 2012

Flora by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1588
Oil on wood, 73 x 56 cm
Private collection, Paris, France

About the Art
Flora is one of Arcimboldo’s most famous paintings.  Although his work was forgotten after his death, over the last 100 years it has grown in popularity to be included in many contemporary forms. This particular painting was used as the 2009 cover for the album “Bonfires on the Heath” by the English pop band The Clientele.

This was Art Bead Scene’s September Challenge – to create a piece of jewllery reflecting the painting and using an art bead(s).  I wasn’t overly keen on the painting but grew to like it more as I worked out what jewellery to make.   I used metallic mesh to create the texture in the paintings in a necklace and bracelet, my efforts can be seen below with a bit of background on the artbeads and design.

Crossed Wires - SEP ABS

Crossed Wires Necklace – An exploration with metallic mesh to represent the ethereal quality in Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Flora. Large lampwork beads by Judith Johnston (www.judith-johnson.com), smaller clear lampwork beads by Pure Glass Beads (www.pureglassbeads.co.uk)

Autumn Flowers bracelet

The small glass flower beads are encased in metallic mesh to represent the flowery and lacy texture in much of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Flora. The lampwork beads are by Judith Johnston (www.judith-johnston.com) These beads were bought from her Etsy site and not made (as far as I know) with the picture in mind. To me they seemed to really echo all elements of the picture and were the starting point in designing the bracelet. Other beads are a mixture of glass and lucite. To complete the flower theme a poppy clasp made by Jo Tinley at Daisychain Jewellery (www.daisychainjewellery.co.uk) was used.

Happy Autumn, wrap up warm.

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Just Beadey – Just because I love beads and what you can create with them


I’m not sure why I’m doing this but having become hooked on jewellery making and joined in some recent challenges on Art Bead Scene I feel my experience will be improved if I become a blogger.  I’m relatively new to jewellery making and completely new to blogging so over the next few months I hope to become more proficient at both and will track my progress and inspirations here.

I love the jewellery challenges as they encourage me to try something new and due to the deadlines things get completed.  I’m not sure where my interest will take me but it should be fun finding out.

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