2022 marks the seventh 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... The Honey Do List! (Y'all, time really does fly!!) 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:
This month I wanted to go back to Washington state. On our trip, we hijacked two of our friends in Kent and made them take us to Tacoma for a day on the town. We visited the Chihuly Bridge as part of our day and this is just one of many cool installations on said bridge. I bet you can all find some inspiration in this chaos of color and shape!
I feel like this photo captures one of the two looks that I think of as quintessential Chihuly. I'm loving the riot of color in this cool ceiling installation... and yet, as you'll soon see, I tended mostly towards the reds and oranges again. What is wrong with me?
Anyway, this month was pretty much all about the earrings for me. You're shocked, right? In honor and celebration of Chihuly's glass work it's also mostly about glass beads and components too. It just seemed a fitting material for the inspiration.
First up, I made long, swingy pair of earrings with Firelily lampwork glass and beaded cocoons from the newest Saga Hus Creativity Pack. A pretty simple design with some blackened findings.
Next up I did manage to mix in something other than red when I found some fun lampwork beads from Jeff Barber with a navy base with cream and red dots. Not a huge departure color wise, but I was trying! I feel like the texture of the melon drops is reminiscent of the stripe in some of the Chihuly glass.