As much as I'm enjoying the new Art Elements monthly theme challenges, I wasn't sure that I'd have time to pull it off this month with an 18 day trip overseas. Luckily, I started thinking about some possibilities before my trip and was able to really focus on getting something done as soon as we got home. This month it was Marsha Neal's turn to choose the theme and she picked "swirl." I'm glad that I didn't have to sit such a fun one out... even if I didn't end up making as much as I would have liked.
I thought it was only fitting to use some of Marsha's ceramic charms for this challenge (Marsha Neal Studio). I had a bunch to choose from that all would have worked, but I loved these little teardrop shaped charms and their mix of aqua and pale green. They went perfectly with some sage/olive green sari silk cocoons from Anna Pierson of Saga Hus (the charms don't really look so blue in person). These were a quick and easy way for me to kick off the challenge!
One of the pendants that I had set aside for the challenge, was a fun two holed ceramic pendant by Keith O'Connor. As luck would have it, a bead mix that I bought in the Czech Republic (more about that in a future blog post I hope) was a perfect complement for the glaze on the spiral pendant. I decided to limit myself to using just that bead mix and added findings for the most part. The only extra beads that I added were some brass corrugated rounds to balance things out. I kept to the swirl theme with the Vintaj brass clasp and the lines that spiral around the barrel shaped beads.
Last but not least, I made one more pair of earrings with some little charms from my friend Diana Ptaszynski that I've had in my stash for quite some time. I paired the root beer glazed ceramics with some wooden rounds and Czech glass with black findings.
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