When this impromptu blog hop was suggested a couple of days ago I had a couple of doubts. I knew I didn’t have any art beads that obviously fitted the subject matter of this month’s Art Bead Scene challenge image.
(Edmund Dulac – illustration for ‘The Little Mermaid’, 1911)
But also – can I admit this? – it’s not an image that’s entirely to my taste. Also, I’m not a great enthusiast when it comes to mermaids and other mythical creatures. But I wanted to play along and take part in the challenge with the rest of the team. So, I decided to be led by the colours and some of the textures and shapes, rather than focusing on the narrative content. In concentrating on the colours, I found Brandi’s colour palette post really handy. I started with a pair of earrings.
I received these scrummy turquoise droppers from Scorched Earth earlier this week. I’d left them on my bead table because I knew I was keen to do something with them. I’ve added some faux coral lampwork beads from Glass Bead Art. They have all sorts of colours swirled through them; primarily, they’re a plum colour but there are also purples, blues, reds and creams.
I had planned to use some of my precious selection of Carolyn Saxby‘s fibre beads to make another pair of earrings. They seemed a perfect match for the many shades and textures in Dulac’s painting. However, I didn’t have two in the right colours that matched in size. So, I decided to use just one as a pendant focal instead.
Along with Carolyn’s bead, I’ve used a lampwork barrel from Helen Chalmers, some patinated chain and a hammered ring from Grubbi, and some of my own patinated chain. It’s a fairly simple necklace but it’s a style I really like to wear so I think I’ll be keeping it for me. Now I’m off to see what everyone else has made. I’m anticipating some great designs!