Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Bead Scene Blog: January Monthly Challenge

Art Bead Scene Blog: January Monthly Challenge: Lois Mailou Jones.
Neckpiece created with my own clay canes for a challenge sponsored by The Art Bead Scene Blog.  
I just love making polymer canes, and this winter break I had plenty of time to clay.  We were snowed in for a week!  My husband made more snow with boiling water!  

The Art Bead Scene challenge this month features the art of Lois Mailou Jones .  I've been collecting photos of her work with links to articles on a new Pinterest board.  What an intriguing adventure it has been to learn of Dr. Jones.  
I began this by noting that the colors in the ABS challenge piece were very vibrant and matched the new Pantone color palette as well.  I had to make myself avoid the greens that I'm so fond of, and here is the result.   
This is a variety of canes all lined up neatly in my simple slicer.  (I love my simple slicer!)  

If you are wondering how to go about making polymer clay canes, there is a new group on Facebook. Each week there are links to tutorials and everyone posts their new creations.  

I added my canes to some skinner blended clay beads here:
Then I cured, sanded, polished and  put it all together with some glass and wooden beads and leather cording.  
A tiny butterfly made from a cane dangles from the clasp for a touch of fun.  I did love the time off to clay, but you can tell I'm dreaming of summer already, right?!  


  1. Wow! Thank you for sharing 'behind the scenes' with us!

  2. Amazing work. You are very talented. Thank you so much for sharing this

  3. Wow, not just one bead but a whole necklace of art beads! And it so matches the challenge theme and colors!

  4. Thank you so much for your comments. Your words warm my heart today as we are snowed in again.