July 10, 2014

Art Bead Scene Editors Blog Hop

So the creative team behind the Art Bead Scene decided to challenge ourselves to participate in July's Monthly Challenge and host a little hop to reveal our results.

The inspiration painting is Edmund Dulac's Little Mermaid illustration from 1911. You can read all about the challenge and play along this month too, click here for details.

I seem to have an abundance of art beads with a sea-inspired theme so this challenge first started with a treasure hunt through my bead boxes to find the perfect beads. For this necklace I grabbed a beautiful Lisa Peters Art ceramic pendant that I picked up a few years ago at Bead & Button.  I think it perfectly captures the feeling of seaweed floating in the current. I layered a Girl Girl Studio shibuichi mermaid pendant right on top of the ceramic one - yep you can do that! I paired them up with a disk bead that I created. Although it's a Van Gogh Almond Blossom bead, I thought it worked with the theme and the colors. The lovely lampworkbead is from by friend Anne of Gardanne Beads. 

My next creation is one I will wear all summer long. This bracelet started with one of my urchin beads that have a beautiful patina. On bronze leather I knotted dyed wooden beads along with more of those Van Gogh Almond disk beads and a ceramic bead from Gaea Beads. 

The clasp is a spectacular shibuichi piece from Green Girl Studios. And a little enameled flower bead cap from Gardanne Beads to add just a little touch of color.

My final piece for the challenge is a sweet pair of earrings using the tiniest little urchins I've ever seen.  They are actually bead caps, but I think they make lovely charms too.  The urchins are from Green Girl Studios and I paired them up with summery peach Wobbles with golden speckles and a tiny faceted brass beads. 

Visit the participating Art Bead Scene editor's blogs to check out how they channeled their inner mermaid this week!

Mary Harding
Rebecca Anderson
Ema Kilroy
Claire Lockwood
Humblebeads - you are here!

Resources: Humblebeads. Green Girl Studios. Gardanne Beads. Gaea Beads. Lisa Peters Art.


Claire Lockwood said...

Wow! Three pieces! And they're all beautiful. Love those dinky urchin charm/caps with the sweet little polymer bead.

Alice said...

Three fabulous pieces! I love the sea urchin bracelet so perfect for summer. And those earrings are darling!!! I like how you used the urchin bead caps and those sweet peach wobbles.

Ema Kilroy said...

Wow! You rocked it Heather. All the pieces you created are gorgeous!

TesoriTrovati said...

OOH! So very pretty! I wish that I had had the time to participate. Perhaps we should do this regularly at ABS!? Enjoy the day. Erin

Mary Harding said...

Wonderful necklace Heather. I like the double pendant and the the deep teal blue of Lisa Peters pendant. It certainly has an underwater look. Your earrings with the tiny sea urchins are so sweet. Great hop and thanks so for setting it up.

baymoondesign said...

All of your pieces are wonderful! I love the colors in the earrings.

thecolorofdreams said...

Beautiful designs! The mermaid necklace is stunning. The little sea urchins are adorable.

Shai Williams said...

What great designs! My fav has to be the first one but that clasp from Green Girl Studios is incredible!

Unknown said...

All three pieces are just beautiful Heather but I L-O-V-E that bracelet more than I want to!! Everything about it is perfect and I would wear it all the time too! If I have time I will try to make something for this months challenge too!

Deb Fortin said...

gorgeous pieces , they all are wonderful interpretations of the painting.
I am especially excited about the sea urchin focal as I was gifted one in polymer and had no idea what to do with it cause it's so big. now I know .