Heijinja, 1941Tōshi Yoshida
... and of course, I loved it so much, I immediately began creating a piece.
Then, I was so happy with the way it turned out, I decided to submit it for publication. So of course, that means I'm unable to show that one. Bummer, but I was happy to be so inspired!
In the mail that day, arrived some lovely beads from Gardanne Beads I had ordered, and I was inspired all over again. This time, I made earrings.
Red enameled filigree dangles by "Gardanne Beads"
I obviously went for color inspiration in my designs this time,
but the lacy filigree also reminded me of the carvings on the pagoda.
I was attracted to the gray in the print just as much as the red.
It makes such a contrast--the smooth, cool, calming gray
next to the bright, attention-getting red.
Red nugget lampwork by "Gardanne Beads"
Mottled gray spacer lampwork beads from "Art by Lisi"
I used gunmetal wire and ear wires
with silver ox accent beads to keep with the cool, gray look
seen on the roof of the pagoda.
My finished earrings!
It's a very simple design, but I'm happy with the look,
all thanks to lovely handmade art beads!
I'll be listing soon in "Sharyl's Jewelry!"
* * *More on beads and inspiration...!
In both pieces of the jewelry I made, I ended up using pieces I had on hand, but I had also done some searching and just loved some of the items I found! In hopes you might be interested in participating in this month's challenge, I want to share with you a few of the lovely pieces I discovered!
One of my all-time favorite shops is Bits of Treasures, found on Etsy! Some of my very first purchases on Etsy were from this shop, and I've highlighted some of the pendants from here in the past. So I especially went looking there for ideas. I found two pieces I absolutely loved and thought would be perfect for this challenge! (Now mind you, these are Chinese pottery shards and the artwork is Japanese, but they are clearly in the spirit of the piece.)
PAGODA - Pottery Shard $7USD
This one picks up the pagoda image, including a bit of red.
This one reminds me of the women in the art piece.
Another approach to the challenge is to be inspired by the color palate. I went looking for red and gray lampwork and found these lovely beads at Snazzy Doodle Designs on Etsy !
I love that each bead is unique. The colors match the pagoda in the print.
These would be perfect for a more modern representation of the artwork.
Finally, this is a finished piece from BeadKRap on Etsy, but I inquired and she does sell beads with bead caps upon request. I've encouraged her to enter this in the ABS Challenge! This is a store to keep your eye on!
($50USD for the necklace.)
She explained to me that she makes the caps individually to fit the beads.
She then rivets the caps onto the beads which are filled with other beads.
Some of her beads sell for as low as $5 each,
but you will need to chat with her about specifics.
I hope these help spark a few ideas for you, and encourage you to participate in the ABS Monthly Challenge! For even more inspiring beads for the challenge, see what Erin Prais-Hintz at ABS posted!
Happy Creating! Thanks for taking a look at my submission as well!
*Please note, the woodblock print is still under copyright and is to be used only for inspiration for the challenge.
*Photos of earrings and components for my entry, taken by me.
*The last four photos are the property of the store owners, used here by permission.