Published in 1920
Image Credit: Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries
I know that I can only post two official entries for the ABS competition, but I couldn't only make two things with this yummy inspiration! I made a trio of dragonfly inspired earrings for now... I've got some other designs up my sleeve if I have time to circle back before the end of the month.
First up, a pair of pewter wings from Green Girl paired with some raku rounds from XAZ Bead Company. The wings are already a decent size for earrings so I wanted to keep things fairly simple. I just did some messy (for me anyway!) wire wraps around the beads and attached with a jump ring. I liked the way the raku beads had some of the green tones but also the iridescence of real dragonfly wings.
Next, I just had to play with some copper plated dragonfly wings from Anna Bronze. (True confession: I bought quite a bit from them at Bead & Button but this is the first thing I've made with my haul so far!) These wings are so dainty so I wanted to keep any beads I added on a small scale to let the wings really shine. There are loops at both ends of the wings so I had to add something to the bottom. I chose some small metallic plated hematite and some crystal rondelles for the tiny dangles.
Lastly, I finally went for some serious COLOR! I got these wonderful dragonfly charms in turquoise from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio this summer and knew immediately that they would be perfect for this month's challenge. (I adore the idea of having the whole year of ABS challenges ahead of time, by the way.) I'm often guilty of being too monochromatic in my designs, so for this pair of earrings I really wanted to embrace a riot of color. After looking at lots of different options, I settled on a pair of super bright disc beads from Heather Powers of Humblebeads. I always like the combination of turquoise and red, so this was just the thing here. (For some reason, these were really difficult to photograph... and my picture doesn't do them justice!)
Ok, back to work! Lots more jewelry waiting for me on the bead table today. Have a great weekend!