Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pearls, Polymer, and the April Art Bead Scene Challenge!

Do you remember this "sneak peak" from my last blog post?   This will be the last of 3 items I made using glass pearls from Lisa Lodge's "Spring Pearl Challenge!"

The art from this month's Art Bead Scene challenge ...

Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green), 1877-79
by Edgar Degas particular, the dancer with black hair and her costume, inspired my polymer clay pendant for this piece.

I made the pendant from polymer clay 
and used a square rubber stamp I have. 
Then I cut it in an oval shape with a small
cookie-cutter type device.
I painted the center black
to match the dancer's hair
and the petals to match the dancer's costume--
 aqua acrylic paint (though it looks more blue here)
with copper mica powder on the edges.

Above the pendant are two lampwork beads
that remind me of the aqua color and shapes in the painting.
The rounded blue bead and
the green bicone bead are lampwork by EricaBeads.
There are also two sage-gray lampwork spacer beads just above those
in the bead strand.  Those were made by 
Serena Thomas of Taneres on Etsy.

You can get a glimpse of the green glass pearls here.
 I also used some of the synthetic sea glass Lisa Lodge sells.
There are blue and green Czech glass cathedral beads I purchased from MayaHoney.
Some of my "Funky Flat Poly Beads,"
bronze-looking glass seed beads, and more are also in this mix!
I also added a bit of multi-color (blue, aqua, brown)
hand-dyed silk ribbon with glitter edges
from Abby&Ellie as a nod to the swirl the ballerina skirts.

Handmade clasp by me.
I love these little bead caps, again reminiscent of the ballerina skirts.

Full view!

See other entries on the ABS Flickr page!  

Thank you to Art Bead Scene, Lisa Lodge, and the artists whose hand-make art beads were used in this necklace!  It's so nice when opportunities collide and something fun comes of it!  

Continued happy Spring to all!



Ann Schroeder said...

I love this. Your pendant really does capture that ballerina. I love all the colors, and the addition of the ribbon makes it feel like the painting.

baymoondesign said...

Lovely ! Your handmade pieces are terrific!

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Gorgeous necklace, Sharyl! Your pendant is perfect lovely and perfect for the challenge!

Sharyl said...

Thank you all very much for your kind, uplifting comments! :-)

Lynn said...

Love your necklace colors and beads and especially the beautiful pendant you made!

Shel said...

Pretty! love the greens in this - super!

motidana said...

Beautiful .The colors are so cool and summery and I love the pendant . It`s got a lovely texture and pattern :)