"Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku Hanabi)"
No. 98 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 8th month of 1858.
Once I had my starting point, it became a fairly quick process to find other beads and to pull everything into a cohesive design. I realized that I had some Golem Design Studio beads that reminded me a bit of the burst pattern of large fireworks. I had them in both dark red and white on chocolate clay. With the colors in the lampwork (and the inspiration artwork) I decided the white version looked best. Normally, I would have wire wrapped the lampwork bead and used it as a pendant, but once I found the Golem ceramics, I went off in a totally different direction! I added some large hole coppery colored pearls and rose quartz beads that looked more white to string with the art beads along blue waxed Irish linen. To continue with the orange and copper look of the necklace, I finished the back with copper plated chain and a sunburst pattern copper plated clasp.
Since I bought a possibly ridiculous amount of this size Golem ceramic beads, I'm thrilled to have a new design idea for using them. I think you'll see some variations on this from me in the near future!