Sunday, February 27, 2011

Art Bead Scene February Challenge

First off, if you are here for the Bead Soup Blog Party, click here or the tab above!  Or, well, read this post and then scroll down :) That'd work too!

This beautiful painting done by John Singer Sargent provides the inspiration for this month's Art Bead Scene monthly challenge.  "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" is indeed a masterpiece, and since first seeing it years ago in an Art History class, it has remained one of my all time favorites.  So, when I realized this was the palette chosen for the ABS monthly challenge, I knew it was a wake up call for me to do my first ABS challenge.

When I look at the picture above, my eyes are drawn to the subtle purples and pinks in the picture.  They are delicious and luminescent, and reflected through out Sargent's masterpiece.  When choosing my pieces to use, I kept trying to work with blues and greens since those are what I have an abundance of.  But no, those purples and pinks kept pulling at me.  So that's where I decided to go in the end with this piece.  Here is my first entry for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge.

"Twilight Heart" features a polymer clay focal created by me when I realized I didn't have any pink art bead focals that would work for this challenge.  It's the first polymer clay heart that I've made and I have to admit that I'm pretty pleased with how it came out! 

The pendant is hung from a necklace featuring pink enameled beads from Barbara Lewis.  You will also find Pink Turquoise, peacock freshwater pearls, faceted purple Czech glass, and Pink Peruvian opal interspersed with copper heishi and copper spacers.

The necklace is finished off with copper chain and copper links made from hammered 14 gauge jump rings that I wire-wrapped a'la Shannon LeVart's awesome tutorial.  The clasp can be found on the side of the necklace, and was fashioned of copper wire.

And so this is my entry for the February Art Bead Scene Challenge.  Are you joining the challenge?  There are some beautiful entries so far, that's for sure!

And if you've joined the Bead Soup Blog Party, how is your partying going so far?  I'm still working on mine!


My Life Under the Bus said...

Hey Holly I'm loving pink and copper together - I think it's my new favorite!! Beautiful

roseworksjewelry said...

That's beautiful - you did a great job!

Kristi Bowman said...

This is such a pretty piece!!!

Kristen said...

That is beautiful but I LOVE the focal you made!!!!!Wowzer!

Regina said...

Very nice, love the heart and the colors. Your first time, you did great with polymer clay.

Katrina said...

I love how you combined the pieces and how the colors matched up well. I also love the focal you made and the beads go out well with them. Great work and keep it up always. :)

Shaiha said...

I have never been a pink girl but I am discovering more and more that I do like it in certain combos. I am very impressed with the pink and copper. Lovely entry.


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