Sunday, February 24, 2013

February ABS Challenge - Sacred Gateway

Heijinja, 1941Tōshi Yoshida
Woodblock Print
(Please note this art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)
This month's ABS Challenge piece was a lot of fun to work with.  Mom and I both agreed on the pendant - we wanted to focus on the architecture.  Though instead of using the building in the woodblock print we went with a Torii shrine.

Sacred Gateway
I found an image I liked and mom made a pattern from it.  I wanted to pull the colors in from the painting, so I used black, red, white and pink.

The side of the pendant are the cherry blossoms - we wanted to give you a hint of the outline of a cherry blossom.   I then used white and transparent pink to bring in the colors of the cherry blossoms.

Sacred Gateway
Mom and I went shopping at Von's yesterday to buy beads and ribbon to finish off the piece.  We totally forgot to ask them what type of beads we bought - so they are white and red :)  I wanted to add ribbon to the piece, so black silk ribbon.  The piece is long enough that you can just slip it over your head.

Sacred Gateway
So, that is our piece for February's ABS Challenge.

While working on the pendant for the ABS challenge - I also enameled other pendants that I will work on taking pictures of and posting on Etsy for sale (right now the battery on the camera died).

A big honking pendant for a bib necklace.  I still need to make beads for this piece and then mom and I will assemble it and show pictures when it is completed.

A frog pendant.

A lotus pendant.

A lotus cuff for bracelets.

Two circle clasp pendants. 

I will work on taking pictures and posting in the shop this week.  There are two more pendants but I can't share one of them until Friday, March 1st for the Challenge of Music.  The other pendant is one of our Warrior Women pendants for a cancer benefit and we need to assemble the piece and I will share once we are done.  Long and productive weekend!


  1. You know I love how you and Mom look at these challenges!!! I also love love love your enameled clasps!!!!!!!

  2. What a great piece for the challenge! I finished my heron piece for my client this weekend. When I get some pictures I will share it with you. I love those clasps. So fun! Enjoy the day. Erin

  3. What a Gorgeous pendant !!!
    The cherry blossoms on each side are an expected touch .
    A perfect design for the challenge .
    I am also in love with your clasps .
    m.e. :)

  4. Can't express how much I love your challenge piece. That pendant is perfection! (I'm also pretty taken with the lotus bracelet cuff!)


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