Friday, August 18, 2017

It's Reveal Day 
for the

 We're All Ears :: August Inspiration :: Moths

over at the Earrings Everyday blog!

I love all moths, but especially.....

The Unexpected Moth!

Moths can either be earthy in color or amazingly vibrant.  I thought I'd do a pair showing the contrast of both.

The wings are by Claire Lockwood of Something To Do Beads.  I have a deep affection for Claire's work, everything she does is soulful and beautiful.  I believe these wings were originally meant to be small drop pendants.  But since I had two and they were lightweight, I made earrings instead!

Those lightning blue beads are none other than Basha Beads,  I have a small stash of her beads that I've collected over the years.  These were perfect for the top of the wings as it brings it all to life!

Cocoon sweet cocoon

Every moth needs a home, so I paired these lovely delicate glass wings by Kim Snider with warm fuzzy cocoons by Sagahus Components.  I added some iridescent peanut beads to  reflect a little light.

I can't wait to see what the others have come up with!  Hopefully I'll figure out how to add the appropriate link in order to hop to the next blog!  If I mess up, my apologies in advance!!  lol 
Loralee  xo

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August Art Bead Scene Challenge!

Twelve Princesses on the Way to the Dance
Kay Nieslen
Published in 1923
Watercolor and ink

Wow, this illustration is so fabulous!  Normally I'm not into princess type things, but this has an air of mystery to it, don't you think?  

The fairy tale is by The Brothers Grimm and begins like this:  

"There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up; but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night; and yet nobody could find out how it happened, or where they had been.

Then the king made it known to all the land, that if any person could discover the secret, and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night, he should have the one he liked best for his wife, and should be king after his death; but whoever tried and did not succeed, after three days and nights, should be put to death."

Very intriguing!

For my necklace and first entry, I decided to focus on a princess.  I had run across this wonderfully made brass stamping, circa 1940. I needed to have a hole drilled carefully in her plume as she had none.  The metal is actually quite sturdy so a drill was needed.  I also used a pendant by Inviciti  -  it brought much needed color to the piece and the round shape and pattern made a wonderful backdrop. I was lucky that the pendant had a hole up-top and bottom, which was perfect for hanging the fringe!  I thought the fringe mimicked the forest of trees.

For the neck piece I went with vintage crystals and pearl type beads....'cause  a princess needs these things, right? Yes!


The earrings 

The pair of charms were made by Josephine Beads on Etsy...I still can't believe how well the pattern worked with the illustration of the forest.  I played with a few ideas for the top portion and decided to go all out pattern and bring in round beads like the tops of the trees.....princess pearls, of course with added faceted crystals!  

I enjoyed this challenge immensely!!   

Thank you for stopping by and having a look!

Loralee :)  xo