Friday, June 23, 2017

Art Bead Scene: June 2017

June's inspiration artwork for the Art Bead Scene challenge is a gorgeous riot of color!  This drawing done in pastels by Odelin Redon is called Profile on Red Meanders.  For some reason, it reminds me of the crayon resist artwork I got to do in elementary school... you know where you paint over your crayon drawing with black paint and the paint doesn't stick to the waxy crayon marks.  It goes without saying that my childhood drawings were not nearly this sophisticated, but the contrast of the black with the super vibrant just took my brain there.  But I digress!  You can read more about the artist and the artwork over on the ABS blog HERE.  

Profile on Red Meanders
formerly Jeanne d'Arc
Odelin Redon, 1900

I ordered the little booklet that the ABS did for this year's challenges so I'd been percolating several ideas for this one for some time.  I had several promising options, but narrowed it down to two projects in the end.  (I'm thinking some of the others will get made in the very near future before I forget what they were or lose the beads in messy workspace!)

A while back I won some adorable and super colorful polymer clay charms made by Susana Paredas of Earth Expressions by participating in a challenge in the Artisans Create Together Facebook group.  The bright colors were perfect for this challenge so it was time for them to become earrings!  I added a collection of Czech beads in greens, purples, and fuchsia to make a fun dangly design.

My second design is a far more subdued take on the inspiration artwork.  It started with a pendant that I made playing with a Mokume Gane technique with polymer clay that I learned on this year's Bead Cruise with Eva Sherman.  In all honesty, my mix of colors didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped/envisioned... I'm still getting the hang of picking colors for maximum contrast!  Nevertheless, it ended up being a happy accident that the colors I chose went well with this month's artwork.  I picked a dark purple, a light purple, green, and a light coppery color to go in some copper plated bezels and bracelets from Nunn Design.

My colors all lined up and ready to go!
Lucky me, I picked up some medium sized English cut Czech glass in a lovely mix of metallics at Bead & Button that included purples, golds, copper, and green shades... a perfect compliment to the pendant and the artwork!  I added in some plated hematite cornerless cubes, metallic O-beads, tiny copper colored Czech glass, and some seed beads to string this necklace.  It was hard for me to capture the metallic shimmer of the pendant but, trust me, it's there!  

Here's a closer look at the pendant and beads!
I made two different pendants with these colors but haven't had time to finish the necklace for the second one yet.  The pattern is much tighter and chaotic feeling on the second one.  I've been kicking around some ideas for a multi-strand design for the other one.  Here's a tiny sneak peek at what I'm hoping to do... stay tuned!

A design waiting in the wings...


  1. I generally am not a fan of small beads but I really like your necklace. It looks very chic. I am just writing my post for the ABS, please do come and visit after an hour.

  2. I adore the fact that you are getting immersed in the world of polymer clay! SO many possibilities! I love the teardrop shape and the colors you chose for your palette. It is always a learning process. I would highly recommend Julie Picarello's book if you don't already have it. It is just like her teaching style and a great reference for all things polymer clay start to finish. Enjoy the day! Erin

    1. Thanks, Erin! I did buy Julie's book after we took her class (which was super fun, by the way!). Now to figure out some time to play some more before we totally forget everything we learned. :)

  3. Love seeing your polymer clay creations! Those earrings are so perfect for the color inspiration.

  4. Such a gorgeous pair of earrings! Perfect for the challenge. The necklace is amazing as well. It will look great with a little black dress.

  5. The cheerful feel of your designs is perfect. I like them all

  6. Love the color in the first set of earrings, but the colors in your other two are so much better. They so remind of the art work from the 60's. And the beads from the Bead and Button show are just the ticket to match your colors. Excellent work!

  7. what you created for this month's challenge!

  8. Wow! Look at you go with the polymer clay! Great job!