Monday, January 28, 2019

Honey Do List January 2019

Can you believe that we're starting the fourth year that my husband Eric has been giving me a design challenge each month to get me out of my comfort zone and to help clear out my bead stash... it's the Honey Do List 2019!  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 with us!

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

On our trip to Prague I took a lot of architectural pictures!  Most of these look great but just didn't grab me for being a good subject for jewelry work.  Then I came a across this interior shot of an Art Nouveau building and had my inspiration!  The color palette is limited but bright, and the shapes and designs should give some good options. 

I loved this particular gallery it's glorious glass skylight was breathtaking!  That being said, Eric had given me a bit of a challenge and I was a little slow to wrap my head around a design direction.  Yellow isn't necessarily a color I create with often... and my design tendencies run more toward the organic than the geometric.

Lucky for me, I did have a pair of black and white geometric patterned lentil beads from Golem Design Studio in my stash.  While they are a more random pattern than the glass of the gallery, I think they still work here.  Plus their round shape echoes the round center of the skylight.  I paired them with some AB finished yellow glass beads and blackened findings.

Another fortuitous beady event was that I got a package from my friends at Allegory Gallery that included some lovely faceted vintage plastic beads in a nice light yellow color.  I added some brass bead caps and small Czech glass beads in a matching color and dangled them on long Vintaj brass ear wires.

Apparently once I started playing with yellow earring ideas, I had a hard time stopping!  I made one last pair of earrings, this time using some faux tin charms that I made at the Inspired by Nature Retreat two years ago when Heather Powers first taught her faux tin process.  I won a sheet of Klimt images, and here's the only part of that set that has seen the light of day so far!  I made little dangles with the same yellow teardrop beads from my first pair of earrings and some tiny Czech glass flower beads.  

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  1. Yellow has always been a touch color for me to work into my jewelry. So, I was surprised when I immediately knew what I wanted to make for this challenge. You seriously put those yellow beads to work too. I think that Golem bead is PERFECT for this challenge. It doesn't echo the glass design perfectly, but you definitely get the idea. It's my favorite of your three. I thought the challenge reveal was last week (your first post said the 21st). If I had known it was this week, I might have attempted some earrings too. Thanks so much for another fun challenge though. I always love playing along.

    1. Oh my gosh! I really thought that I double checked the date, but clearly I can't read! So sorry about that. Thanks for being patient with me. :) Next month should be a little less chaotic in my world... knock on wood!

    2. No worries. I was just beginning to get worried, but I remembered that you got the cool gig with Art Elements and figured things were probably a little wack-a-do with you at the moment. Completely understandable.

  2. This is such a great photo! When I saw the Golem earrings, I thought "how perfect!" But the second pair are really my favorites. They have the elegant feeling of the photo to me.