Saturday, January 28, 2012

January ABS Challenge Piece - Tra La La

Trellis by William Morris, 1862
This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge is based off of William Morris wallpaper design.

We are calling this piece "Tra-La-La".  Mom came up with the name and the design.  I had one design idea but mom didn't think it would be stable enough.  I wanted to use the vines as a focal pendant but we couldn't think of a way to make it stable and durable.  Mom came up with the idea of using the trellis squares and flowers for the necklace.

This is the focal pendant.  We used the side view flower for this pendant and made a larger square to wire wrap the pendant to.  Mom drew the design and then glued the pattern to 20 gauge copper.  Mom then hand saws out all the pieces.  Once the pieces have been filed and sanded I have fun with the enamels.  For the flower pendant I used transparent oranges and yellows and I love, love, love the colors of the square.  I used three different opaque greens to get the look with black around the circles in the corners of the square.

This is the middle of the necklace with more flowers and squares wire wrapped together.  Again the flowers are from the wallpaper design and the squares are the trellis.  Seriously, I love the color of the squares, just thought I would reiterate ;-)

These are some of our lampwork beads that we had extra of.  Love those colors and so glad we had them in our stash of beads.

I told mom I wanted to make our own clasp for this necklace.  So, we used one of the squares and then cut one of the flowers in half to use it as a clasp.  I am really happy with how it turned out.

A different view of the necklace.  Both mom and I like how this photo turned out.

One last look of the necklace.  Oh, if you didn't notice I am trying to use different props for the photos.  I used a wooden box and a textured basket for these photos today.  I wanted to try something new and different.

If you wish to view the other entries for this month's challenge head over here and check out all the goodies.

Tomorrow is another enameling session - have a set of bees to enamel, two humming bird pendants and I am sawing out more of these squares to make a set to sell.  So, I hope to have more pictures to share tomorrow.


  1. This is just beautiful. Gorgeous. Love love love the colors!

  2. The two of you do such lovely work. It is so fortunate that you have complementary skills as it opens up the possibilities for your creativity. Always enjoy seeing what you are doing.

  3. Beth,
    I love how it came together it is so pretty with all of the flowers, squares and lampworked beads.

  4. Fabulous. I love the use and idea of the trellis. And the colors of the enamel are wonderful I particularly like the photos with the paler backgrounds ( sorry I know you were trying different looks!). To me, it makes the necklace POP more. however, I do really love the texture of the basket! All in the eye of the beholder I guess...fab job as usual.You guys are a formidable team.

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  6. All I can think of is... = : O ....because this is so awesome!!! Those roses against that turquoise green is just stunning!!!

  7. It must be really nice to collaborate! Your colors and interpretation of the inspiration piece are so bright and cheerful, yet the entire design is so true to the Morris wallpaper! I think this is such a superb entry for the Challenge! I'm glad you posted for "i heart macro" so I got a "sneak peak!" (I did the same thing!)


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