Thursday, June 9, 2011

Art Bead Scene Challenge for June

My offering for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge is this set--a necklace, bracelet and earrings--that features some lampwork bead goodness.  I used leather, brass, copper, and chain as my "neutrals" to highlight the vibrant colors of these artisan's beads.  
ABS June 2011 Collage
This whole set is listed in my Etsy shop for sale.  :)

About the beads:
~The Tribal Turquoise set of ribbed rounds came from Juls Cannon at Julsbeads.
~The big disks in blue and green are from a set that Donna Millard created and which I coveted for a while before finally deciding to go for ownership.  The set came with a bunch of her hand-cut tin bead caps which I'm saving for later.
~The little yellow highlight disk is from HMB Studios.  It's not a wacky chunky piece--those are my favorites by Heather--but I tend to have a lot of her disks around because they're just so yummy.  (I just clicked over to her shop to check my links and there are some awesome wacky chunkies that I now want but I'm still in the midst of my two week off-the-craft-supply challenge!  Dang!!)
~The big enamel blue bead is one that I made during a Painting with Fire workshop with Barbara Lewis.

On the challenge inspiration:
Ophelia by Odilon Redon
c. 1900-05; Pastel on paper mounted on board, 19 7/8 x 26 1/2 in; The Woodner Collection
"The depiction of Ophelia seems not at all tragic, but rather an idyllic scene of a naked bather in a limpid pool of flowers. The design and colour scheme is masterly and original, being merely suggestive of the tragedy of death after rejection and madness." - Tony Thomas

There are lots of other challenge pieces out in this Flickr group.  :)


  1. Lovely and very wearable pieces! The bracelet is my favourite - I'd be playing with the dangling beads all the time!

  2. Perfect interpretation! Love those lampworked beads. Did you do the mosaic of pix in picnic? When i use flickr it makes the boxes all the same size, i like this much better

  3. I love the combo of mixed metals and turquoise and your big central bead is wonderful.I also really like the black leather, it all works so well with the pictures color palette.

  4. What an awesome interpretation~ your colors and textures are spot on the jewelry is so funky unique ala Jenstyle. LOVE.

  5. that piece is fantastic! i hearted donna's shop too - i can't believe i hadn't hearted her before! Amy -

  6. Great pieces! The circular theme is something I want to draw on with this month's challenge, and funnily enough I picked out a HMB Studios disc too!


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