Art Bead Scene, one of my favourite blogs, runs a monthly beading challenge. The inspiration for the challenge is usually a painting but occasionally they select a sculpture or photograph. The idea is to create a piece of jewelry that is evocative of the painting, using art beads (hand-made artisan beads). I have never participated – even if I like the painting, I am rarely organized enough to make something within the allotted timeframe.
I was particularly drawn to this month’s selected work, Boreas, by John William Waterhouse (painted in 1903). Even better, I had the necessary materials on hand. The predominant colour is my favourite – purple – with different tones of gray. The painting has lots of depth and movement, which also spoke to me.
While I give most of my jewelry away as gifts, I decided to make a bracelet for myself. Instead of starting from scratch, I re-worked a bracelet I made a couple of years ago. It featured a stunning polymer clay focal from HumbleBeads and purple patined chain from MissFickleMedia. I wore it from time to time, but more because of the colour than the design. It was a bit meh; ok, but nothing special.
In re-working the bracelet, I kept the focal, the toggle clasp and the gun-metal chain. I replaced the purple chain with hand-dyed ribbon from JodyPosey, wrapped in 28 gauge purple wire and amethyst seed beads (size 10/0) .
To reflect the painting’s colours and add some additional texture, I made a beaded link chain with some dark gray rounds I found in my bead box.
I dressed up the focal by wrapping it with purple wire. It was a bit of an experiment, but I was pleased with the result. The wire wrapping made the focal pop. As a final touch, I made a small dangle with a stone from StoneStudiosToo and fire polish beads for a hint of sparkle.
I am really happy with the new bracelet. It has a lot going on, but the elements balance each other out. It`s fun enough to wear with jeans, but could easily be worn with a jacket or a dressy sweater for work. I think it is highly reminiscent of the painting. Best of all, it’s purple, my favourite colour.
I have linked up to the following: Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes ; Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T. ; Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou ; Get Your Craft on Tuesday at Today’s Creative Blog; Take-a-Look Tuesdays at Sugar Bee Crafts; Wednesday Wowzers at oopsy daisy; Flaunt It Fridays at Dotted Line Crafts; The Cure for the Common Monday at Lines Across My Face