Monday, May 22, 2017

Honey Do List: May 2017

Last year, my husband Eric has decided to issue me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... and we're continuing the Honey Do List for 2017!  I know that I'm not the only one who loves a good design challenge, so I'm hoping folks will continue to play along!  

Here's this month's inspiration and what Eric had to say about it:

For this month's piece I wanted to use a shot from our recent trip to Virginia and D.C.  With the recent big storm, most of the cherry blossoms were long gone, but we found this single tree with some pink flowers!  I liked the movement of the dried grasses, the metal scrollwork of the sculpture, and the pop of color from the flowers.  

The first thing I made focused on the lovely purple flowering tree.  I had some wonderful charms from Humblebeads that were just perfect.  The color worked really nicely for the flowers and I love the grass-like patterns on the charms.  I paired the charms with some purple Czech glass.

Next up, another pair of earrings called out to be made.  This time I played with the yellows and greens... especially the colors in the sculpture.  These may be a bit more of a stretch, but I ran with it anyway!  I used some small lentil beads from Golem Design Studio with dyed yellow agate and Czech glass dangles on brass.

And finally, I broke my recent earring making streak to design a necklace.  I have been hoarding a three holed pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor for several years.  It was in my goody bag on one of the first two Bead Cruises I attended.  I chose a variety of beads in shades of green and yellow as well as copper accents.  I had a button clasp with a similar Celtic design to the pendant that seemed a natural fit.  To that end, I decided to string one side of the necklace and make wire wrapped links on the other.  The nuggets on the right side are yellow quartz and the bigger stones on the left are yellow opal.    

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  1. Beautiful pieces! I particularly love the asymmetry of the necklace--different, yet balanced. Lovely work!
    (I'm also totally in love with the purple earrings, but really I'm a sucker for all things purple. Especially artisan-made purple jewelry. Heh.)

  2. I like the purple earrings. It looks like the pears at the top are blossoming out of the flower. Jewelry can totally be art sometimes. Good job you are talented, keep up the good work.

  3. Wonderful! I like how you addressed the warm and the cool sides of the photograph.

  4. please make more necklaces. I LOVE wearing the one I forced you into selling to me!

  5. These are all lovely Sarajo. You captured all the unique aspects of the photo in your designs

  6. I mostly prefer to play with the strongest colors in an inspirational picture/painting but I sometimes choose the subdued ones and it is so rewarding! I love the necklace for the asymmetry and warm colors!