|"Still Life with Pussy Willows"|
By Taisia K. Afonina
1964, Oil on canvas
|Art bead overload!!|
Eventually I narrowed it down and got to work on three different projects... a necklace, a bracelet, and earrings. I wanted to keep going, but then I never would have gotten a blog post written! I may find time to go back and play some more with the goodies I had pulled out. For now, here are my finished jewelry designs!
The first thing I finished was the simplest... the earrings. Not shocking that I whipped those up before completing anything else. Truth be told, I started with the bracelet but then started second guessing one of the elements. But I digress! My starting place was a pair of polymer clay beads by Heather Powers of Humblebeads. I love working with polymer clay beads for earrings because they are so light weight. That allowed me to pair them with some heavier teapot shaped charms without making things too heavy. To pull out the lighter tones from the painting, I topped things off with some small aquamarine rounds.
|Tea Time earrings!|
Next up was the bracelet. Since I made a different version of a bracelet that Lorelei Eurto shared in Bead Style magazine for the February ABS challenge (you can see that one HERE if you missed it), I knew that this couldn't be the only thing I made. That just felt a little like cheating. The highlight of this design is a lovely lampwork lentil by Sheila Davis of Stone Designs that Eric gave to me for Christmas. I also used an etched lampwork bead by Tanya McGuire, a large hole gemstone, Czech glass and some various seed and peanut beads.
My final design is probably my favorite... a necklace featuring a gorgeous ceramic maple seed wing pendant from Mary Harding. I started with some kyanite coins and blue aventurine rounds then added in some coordinating Czech glass. I was lucky enough to have a tube of seed beads that thought were gold when I bought them but (surprise!) ended up being Montana blue with gold luster finish. (Perhaps I should be more careful when shopping, but it all worked out in the end!) I finished the back with a length of pale blue silk ribbon... just the perfect way to add a touch of softness to my design.
|Mary's pendant deserves a close up!|