Monday, May 27, 2013

May ABS Challenge Piece

Vaas met bloemen in een venster :: Vase with Flowers in a Window, 1620
Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder
Oil on Copper, 64cm x 46 cm
Mom and I actually finished our piece for the May ABS Challenge.  Yes, it has been two months since we participated but we did it.  You can learn more about the painting by going to the Art Bead Scene Blog.

This is the second version of our design.  Mom had drawn on the painting and we were going to create a large pendant with three of the flowers sawed out from copper for the pendant.  Both mom and I decided we didn't like it so mom found another image and modified it for this challenge.  Both of us were happier with that design (if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!).

Here is a close up of the pendant.  It is hard to see but the colors I used were transparent yellow, to orange, and the outside was red.  You can see the colors better outside - I took the pics inside under a sun lamp because it is stormy/gray outside.

The lampwork beads I made a few weeks ago - when we were still going with the other design idea.  I based the beads on the colors from the painting - I have transparent amber, ivory with frit on top of it.  I really love how these beads turned out.

This was a mother/daughter creation (mom strung one side while I did the other side - went really fast on the stringing!).  Mom and I sat down with boxes of beads set next to each of us looking for ideas for accent beads.  I would choose a bead and mom would say no; she would choose a different bead or pearls and I would say no until we came up with this color combination which we both agreed on.  So, just so you know, mom and I don't always agree on the colors/beads that we use in all of our pieces :)

The accent beads we ended up using were yellow seed beads, Smokey Quartz and Citrine.  For the clasp we used a pewter toggle clasp.  That is our piece for the May ABS Challenge.  To see other pieces for the challenge you can head on over to Flickr group and check them out.


  1. I always look forward to seeing your pendant designs, and this one is, indeed, inspired! And you've outdone yourself with those lampwork beads. The colors! You have to be so happy with that result! Fantastic design!

  2. Just the focal and the lampwork beads!

  3. congrats on job well done!
    a Bold and Beautiful necklace ..LOVE it !

  4. I saw your pieces posted on FB and was flabbergasted! You two are a perfect team! What a beautiful interpretation!

  5. I agree with Patti, you and your Mom are such perfect partners! Your necklace is really beautiful and I'm always so amazed with your focals especially!


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