The Art Elements Theme of the Month is appropriately the Summer Solstice. I do so love the long days of summer... although since the Solstice has come and gone I know that they will be getting shorter from here. Sigh. Anyway, I focused on the sun for my two designs this month. Looking on the bright side of life and all that!
For my first design I revisited the idea of doing a bead embroidered bezel around a bottle cap. Bell's Oberon is a summer seasonal... a great patio beer that I've been known to enjoy in the warmer months.
I had one another sunny, summery pendant in my stash so it was time for some stringing! I paired a lovely hand painted wooden pendant by Ashley Bonney of Summer Wind Art with a fun mix of beads. It's hard to tell in my photos, but the sun itself is a lovely gold paint... thus my decision to use raw brass chain and findings. I started pulling beads with the blue tones... I used a mix of Czech glass, faceted Angelite, and Aquamarine. I pulled in a tiny bit of green with a trio of green lampwork glass beads (artists unknown) and wood tones with some coconut discs.
Here's hoping that the humidity here breaks and I get some patio time this weekend... in the shade of the umbrella. This summer is going to be a little different than past years but I'm going to embrace it all for what it is. Who knows, maybe it's time to pick up a new six pack of Oberon!