Friday, August 31, 2012

August challenge submissions

This month, I submitted two pieces to the Art Bead Scene challenge.

Wave of Pearls

My art bead was from O'gosh beads.  I purchased the blue swirl lampwork bead from the O'gosh booth at the Milwaukee Bead & Button show in June.  The swirls on the lampwork bead reminded me of the ocean. The ivory pearls are 8mm. The necklace hangs at approximately 9.5"                      It is listed for sale, $20, on my esty page.

After completing this piece, I thought it was too simple.  I decided to add a second strand to the piece.  I added the twisted wire jumprings so I could easily attach the second strand.  I handmade the stainless steel clasp after the second strand idea failed.  I then decided to make the second strand into its own necklace.
Heart on a String seemed like a very fitting name for this piece.  I strung off-white pearls onto black ribbon.  The smaller pearls are held in place by knots.  The larger pieces can be adjusted to fit perfectly with any neckline.

The blue glass heart is from Julie Miller.  I purchased this item from Julie's booth at the Milwaukee Bead and Button show.  The heart is secured with a double-ended antiqued copper headpin from C-Koop (purchased from their Bead & Button show booth). I secured the 8mm pearls with knots and then added the antiqued copper ribbon/cord ends. The lobster clasp fits nicely into the ribbon end.

From the end of the heart, the necklace hangs at approximately 13.5"

This piece is for sale on my etsy page as well for $30.

Inspiration piece for the August Art Bead Scene Blog challenge was Fishing Boats, Key West, by Winslow Homer