Still Life with Shells, 1640
By Balthasar van der Ast
The earthiness of this color palette led me to go straight to my gemstones... the rich mix of colors in Red Creek Jasper seemed like a no brainer. I have several different sizes and shapes of this stone, but I just received a graduated strand of Red Creek Jasper that was perfect for the challenge in an order from Lima Beads... great timing! To stretch the length out a bit as well as add some additional color and texture, I pulled in some Swarovski pearls and various brass beads. I also finally braved playing with some of the WoolyWire that I had acquired a while back. The "Flame" strand had just the right colors to bring out the reds in the painting and the jasper! I'll admit that there was some trial and error with the Wooly Wire and I don't think I quite have the technique for keeping the cut ends nice and smooth figured out. After a couple of attempts I'm pretty happy with the bail I made.
I knew that I had to complete the set and make earrings with those adorable shell charms. I wire wrapped a bunch of tiny Red Creek Jasper Rounds to a jump ring and simply strung that and the charms loop right to the ear wire. Voila!