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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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