This month I chose a picture from our recent trip out to Ligonier, PA for the Allegory Gallery's Creative Camp. Andrew Thornton directed us out to a nearby bog where the carnivorous plants were in full bloom. An entire field of these pitcher plants and much smaller sundews stretched around us--beauty and savagery all wrapped up in one tiny leafy package. The strange shape, as well as the striated deep red patterns against green really jumped out at me and I wanted to see what a bunch of jewelry designers could pull off with this inspiration!
When I started sorting through my beads, the first thing that jumped out for me was one of my treasures from Gardanne that I picked up at Bead & Button. Yes, I know it's a ginkgo leaf, not a pitcher plant, but the colors were spot on! I quickly decided on some light green Picasso finished seed beads I had on my bead table from a previous project as the base for a strung necklace. As I dug through my green gemstone beads, prehnite became the obvious choice. Luckily I had some faceted coins in two different sizes to pull into the design along with some bordeaux colored Swarovski pearls. Voila! A necklace inspired by the colors of the bog!
I also wanted to try my hand at painting some brass leaves from Vintaj for some earrings. The colors aren't exactly what I was hoping for (they are a little too bright), but I'm making it work! For the first pair I picked out some fun disk beads from Humblebeads that I grabbed during the Creative Camp Vendor Night that Allegory Gallery hosted. I wire-wrapped those, some Czech glass discs, leafy patterned bead caps, and iridescent green Swarovski pearls. The second pair features some more prehnite (boy do I wish I had more of these gorgeous rondelles!), Czech glass flowers, and crystal. The leaves seemed too far away from the beads above so I added jump rings decorated with some fun seed beads to give it some more pizzaz. I'm not sure pink and green is my personal style, but I'm really happy with how they turned out!
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