The writers at the Art Bead Scene Blog chose the work of a biologist and botanical artist, Marianne North, as the inspiration for their June challenge. North traveled the world discovering species of vegetation previously unknown to Europeans. Here is a video I enjoyed watching that explains her challenges and accomplishments:
I also have had plenty of time to sit in my little studio and create. This keeps my hands busy and my spirits higher than they would be otherwise.
When making my challenge piece, I took a few work-in-progress shots to share with you. Here are my canes, and how I placed the slices on a background of mokumegane and silver leafed clay:
I used "blue tak" (actually white) to hold everything in place while putting my clay veneers over the metal. To be sure that my finger prints were washed away, I painted on a bit of clay softener over the beads before curing the first time.
As you can see in the following photo, I added more clay to the back side including channels for beading. You can also see my signature on the center bead:
After making this piece, I played with my leftover clay to make several more pieces and earrings: