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Before jumping into share what I made this month, I just have to share a necklace that I made back in 2014 for myself with my coveted luna moth set by Kerri Fuhr. I probably should pull this one out and take better photos... but you get the idea! I should also go through my jewelry box and get things more organized so that I can find and wear my favorites more often, but that's an endeavor for another day.
I've participated in several moth themed challenges over the last couple of years, so I was actually worried that I wouldn't have any luna moth appropriate beads left. Happily, I was wrong! See?
First up, I finally got around to using a lovely luna moth ceramic pendant by Tracey Seder Donoughe that Eric bought for me at Bead and Button two years ago. I happened to have a little container of Czech glass beads that I got from a friend who is going through her late aunt's bead stash sitting sitting next to my little corral of art beads. I did a double take and realized that those beads looked gorgeous with the pendant... such luck!! I added in a couple of other styles of glass beads from my stash as well as some brass findings to round out this long necklace design.
I already had a bunch of beads for a necklace design with Andrew Thornton's sweet little pendant but I got distracted when I rediscovered all the little moths that Eric and I made in Heather Powers' metal sketches class at Allegory Gallery a few years ago. We hammered steel wire on top of the copper to get the patterns and then added Swelligant patinas for the fun (but unpredictable!) color. I found two that were really close in size and coloring and knew I had to whip up some earrings! I made some fun cultured sea glass teardrops dangles, added ear wires, and voila! I might have to keep these for me... we shall see.
So, after a brief earring diversion, I returned to the pile of beads surrounding Andrew's pendant. I have to admit that I really had a tough time getting started on this one for some reason but I pushed through for a sweet strung necklace design. I used a mix of Czech glass, freshwater pearls, and agate in various shades of green plus a little bit of cream.
As luck would have it, I got a package from my friend Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati with a treasure trove of beady goodness for my Simple Truths subscription including a fabulous moth pendant! While the moth was actually created for the Art Bead Scene Art Journey One, the one that I received was perfect for this challenge! I couldn't bear to set it aside... I just had to make something with it immediately.
I love the saturated colors in this fun, stylized moth... it just feels like Spring to me. I picked through my hoard of Czech glass and crystal... finding lots of beads that worked with the pendant. This is a bold piece that's sure to make a statement!
This is a blog hop! I hope you'll check out what everyone else made for this fun challenge!