Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge is focused on a folk art painting of Luna Park, an amusement park that thrived in the early 1900's on Coney Island in New York City.

Luna Park
Vestie Davis (1903-1978) New York :: Oil on Canvas, 16" x 20"
American Folk Art Museum, bequest Gloria Bley Miller 2008.5.16

Luna Park's designer, Frederick Thompson said:

"Buildings can laugh quite as loudly as human beings. A beautiful but excited sky-line is more important in an exposition than the correct demonstration of any man's recollection of the fine points of Sir Christopher Wren's handiwork!"

Mind you, I got this quote from a website about amusement park history, so I can't testify for its veracity, but I still love the spirit behind it! I think little jewelry structures can laugh on their own, too! It doesn't take the wisdom and skill of a seasoned goldsmith to create joy and amusement. Case in point....

This is my entry for the challenge and this is the first time I created my own art bead! I made the pendant using polymer clay in my take of primary colors--the basis for all good amusement park decor. I spent hours working with different combinations and shapes, much to the dismay of my crappy clay/pasta machine which finally gave out...that's a whole other story that involves a happy ending in the form of a new machine ordered on Amazon. haaaaaaaaa

I hope you can share in my laughter over this piece that's ringing in the feeling of amusement parks, popcorn, lollipops, and the all-American summer experience. :)



  1. That is so lively Jen! I love that you made your focal bead. The colors just scream fun to me. Thanks for sharing, and for giving me a kick in the butt to quit looking at the painting and start making something! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Fabu, Jen! I don't know which I want more...to eat it or take a ride on it!

  3. Wow, Jenn! This is so vibrant, so exciting, just plain cool! I love it!

  4. This is FABULOUS, Jen!! I love it. You did a really fantastic job interpreting joy & amusement in your piece.

  5. Thanks, ladies! I have some more of these fun pendants (and some other random variations that I ended up with in the clay crafting process) so I want to finish them up nicely and will let you know when I can put them up for sale! :)

  6. Love your bead! I am still working on my entry to the ABS challenge. Thank you for stopping by my blog. See you tomorrow at the party!


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