When I first saw that the April Theme of the Month from the Art Elements blog was bees, I was equal parts excited and nervous. I actually had a moment where I was worried that I wouldn't have much to choose from in my stash since I made a whole bunch of bee jewelry last year for a different challenge. It was clearly a needless concern... (and full disclosure, I found a few more things after I took this picture!)
The first thing I whipped up for this month's challenge was a cute little pair of earrings with beehive charms from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Design Studio. Since yellow isn't always the best seller for me (sad face) I decided to pair the ceramics with some lightweight polymer clay discs with honey yellow, bronze, and turquoise from Heather Powers of Humblebeads. I topped things off with an extra pop of blue from a little Czech glass bead.
Next, I decided to put together a little bracelet rich in art beady goodness. I took a set of coin beads from Humblebeads and just added a few extra beads to the mix. As much as I love the colors and textures in this set, I've been at a loss as how to best use them. I ended up getting inspired by an old bracelet design that Heather shared ages ago... it was the perfect way to get these cuties out of my stash and into the world!
I knew that I wanted to make at least one buzzy bee necklace. The obvious place to start was with one of the lovely hand painted wood pendants from Summer Wind Art. I had picked out some Czech glass flower beads to go with one of them a while back, but hadn't circled back to the design until now. Since I'm kind of guilty of going monochromatic sometimes, I really wanted to push beyond the blues for this one. I chose some lovely faceted citrine rondelles to break things up and echo the golden yellow from the bee's body and the center of the flower.
Since I had my box of yellow beads out already for the citrines in the last design, it only made sense to whip up one more necklace that used mostly beads from that same box! (I'm not the only one who logics my creative flow this way, am I??) Anyway, I wanted to give the the cute little bee and honeycomb pendant from Humblebeads a little more physical and visual heft and a little Yellow Jade nugget was just the thing! I made bead links with Czech glass in both an ivory Mercury glass finish and yellow/amber, faceted golden blood quartz, and some fun copper hexagons from Allegory Gallery.
Here's a closer look at the front and the back of the pendant. It would be just as pretty worn backwards!
This is a blog hop. Please check out what the other participants were inspired to make!