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


  1. Seriously, seriously awesome!

    1. Thank you, sweet, Gaea xo The checks in the mail ;P

  2. I love both your necklace and earrings. Perfect for the inspiration and like fairy tales themselves! Beautiful.

    1. What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you so much, Ann!!

  3. I am amazed at your ability to find apt components for every month's challenge. The 18th century style princess charm is a great find

    1. The earring charms were a total coincidence! I was pretty excited when I made the connection! The pendant was especially thrilling because the quality of the stamping is exceptional. Most stampings I see nowadays you can bend them with your fingers...not this princess....she's tough and beautiful!

  4. You are such a marvel! I love both pieces, but those earring charms could not be more perfect! I will be sharing my earring charms (spoiler alert!) on Monday on the ABS. Stay tuned! Enjoy the day! Erin

    1. Thank you so much, Erin! I can't wait to see your charms! Polymer??!!! I'm excited!!


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