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I made it under the wire! Today is the deadline to join in Art Bead Scene Studio’s Art Journey #7: Big Cats. The inspiration this time is paintings and illustrations featuring lions, leopards and tigers.

(c) National Galleries of Scotland; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

I really love all of the inspiration, but I focused on the piece above, Una and the Lion by William Bell Scott. I used a Denise Peters Galloway lion pendant that I got recently, though my lion isn’t nearly as placid as the one in the painting. It must be the “before” part of the story behind the painting. (Denise often sells on the Ravens Meadow Artisan Beads, Components and Jewelry Facebook page.) I also used two Heather Behrendt lampwork beads. The color and the swirl design reminded me of the fabric of Una’s jacket. 

I used a variety of stones in a rosary style chain that echoed some of the various colors in the painting. I wrapped ivory sari silk, that reminded me of Una’s blouse and skirt, around the bail and secured it with wire. This also helps the necklace hang better because the pendant doesn’t slide around on the jump rings as much.

Thanks to Art Bead Scene Studio for great inspiration, as always! You can see what other people were inspired to make by visiting the Art Bead Scene Studio and looking at the Gallery.