Art Bead Scene Blog: September Monthly Challenge
This necklace is my response to the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge. The focal beads are made with polymer clay using two of my favorite techniques: the faces and flowers are canes and the swirls were made by texturing and highlighting with metallic paints. The findings are my own wire work and I added a variety of seed beads from my stash of vintage glass, shell and metal.
Here are photos of my raw clay design:
I tried to echo the lines in the inspiration painting, "The White Rose and the Red Rose" by Margaret Macdonald 1902:
To continue the theme of the inspiration I chose rectangular shapes that are elongated more than my usual style. I tried to keep the colors muted which was a bit out of my comfort zone. Normally I love rounded shapes and darker hues.
On the back of each of the beads I added some of the rose canes along with some very heavily textured clay.
What a treat is is for me to explore an artist I had not heard of before this month. I love how the Art Bead Scene bloggers give me this sort of opportunity. What a wonderful resource to all of us with a passion for art and bead-making.