The Art Bead Scene challenge asks participants to make something inspired by a painting and using an art bead. This month the inspiration is “Jackknife Village” by Franklin Carmichael.
The first beads that came to mind when I saw the painting were some off-white raku rectangles with a crackle finish. I had been lusting after these beads by Duane Collins of Elements Pottery on my etsy favorites list. It wasn’t too hard to twist my own arm to buy them so I could use them for the challenge! They remind me of the houses in the painting, which I imagine to have cracked and peeling paint.
I kept concocting designs in my mind with elaborate construction challenges. For years I’ve been stringing beads, but beyond using a crimping tool, I had barely so much as wire wrapped a bead until recently. So my fantasy of a leather and linen faux dual strand necklace with blue beads that moved like water was, well, less than realistic for me at this time. Sounds fancy, though, right?
I did use one of the blue beads I had in mind that seemed to have the exact variegated colors of the water. As I worked on the piece, I liked how it came together. Simpler than I had planned, but asymmetrically pleasing with added shapes in other colors that jump out of the painting – muted yellow and orange. After I had decided on the beads to use, I wanted more texture in the piece overall and more weight beside the orange bead to balance things out, so I used a little wrap of WoolyWire, which I had in a blue and orange color scheme. I find a little piece of WoolyWire makes lots of things nicer.
I also like a dangle, and wanted a richer yellow color, so I added a drop made with bird and perch beads by Jubilee. I finished the necklace off with a large and lovely hook clasp by Contents Jewelry and some orange waxed linen.
I think it’s a fun, casual summer necklace. I wore it today, and it felt and looked great. I enjoy challenging my skills by making something inspired by a painting. I hope to continue to grow and improve.
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