I had a lot of fun with July's Theme of the Month from the Art Elements blog! Marsha Neal challenged us to be inspired by flowers... an easy task especially this time of year when things are actually blooming in Minnesota. It didn't hurt that I had just visited some lovely gardens during our tour of Great Britain last month either!
Not totally a new idea for me, but this month I did get the chance to play with some new colors as well as a slightly different spin on some branch components wire wrapped with Czech glass flower beads. This first one was a special order for a friend. I had made a similar one with copper plated components but she wasn't a fan of copper. Once I got my hand on some silver colored branch components, I was able to whip this up for her!
For this next necklace, I clipped off one of the branch connectors and turned the piece on it's end as a fun floral dangle from one of Heather Power's larger scale polymer clay birds. A fun way to give flight to this little Humblebeads creation!!
Next up, I finally made a necklace with the floral pendant that I made in last year's instructor make & take round robin at the Adornments Mixed Media Jewelry Retreat. This was Erin Prias-Hintz's project and was made with two part epoxy clay and some fun Pearl Ex powders. The pendant was fun to create and I'm glad that I've finally made something with it. It's a pretty simple design... just strung with tons of great metallic Czech glass beads. Maybe I'll add some of those powders to my Amazon shopping cart... hmmm.
Since earrings are my favorite thing to make, I had to include at least one pair for this reveal. I picked out a gorgeous pair of copper and resin charms by Twinkiedinky with a blue and golden yellow floral pattern. To keep them from getting too heavy, I used some chunky amber colored lucite beads framed by copper plated bead caps.
For some time I've been looking at a tube of some fun green-yellow tube beads with white stripes that I got in a goody bag from Candie Cooper at a Twin Cities Bead Bazaar event this spring. I had cut them off the strand and got them into a box... but that box has been hanging out off to the side on my bead table ever since. I was toying with the idea of doing a multi-strand bracelet with them (and I still may) but this amazing daisy pendant from Golem Design Studio jumped out at me. This is one of the thicker pendants I have from Golem (it's domed rather than flat) so I thought that using some heavier weight waxed linen
There are still a bunch of flower pieces on my bead board... we'll see how many more become something now and what gets put away for another day.
P.S. I did manage to make something else for this challenge! I had a couple of floral pendants from the super talented Ashley Bonney of Summer Wind Art on my bead table but in the end it was this sweet and subtly colored piece that had to be made into a necklace. I had a lot of fun picking out a variety of Czech glass beads in pale hues to match the pendant. There are also a couple of rose quartz rounds in there.