Saturday, December 29, 2018

Art Elements - December Challenge - White



This month's Art Elements theme challenge is White.

Well, had the best intentions to participate in more challenges - this is our second of the year - but what a way to end the year. Here is to 2019 being a better year for challenges.

The minute I saw this challenge I sent it to mom and she started looking for images to use for a pendant.



Mom found this image and we both fell in love with it (the back of a dove). Mom wasn't sure she could figure out a pattern out of this image - maybe she will figure something out because I really love how this looks.




Mom then found this image of a lotus - I loved it - so then she started drawing on the image to create a pattern we can cut out for a pendant.



This is the pattern mom drew up for the pendant.

I didn't get any photos of mom sawing out the pendant - though if you would like to see mom sawing I do have videos on our EB Facebook page.

Once mom finished sawing out the pendant she then files and sands it and then I enamel the pendant. I usually wait to enamel when we have a few pieces so I can do an assembly line in the kiln.




We had a bunch of bowls that needed enameled so I added the pendant in the line. I usually have several layers of enamel on each side of the pieces. These bowls and the pendant I added frit.



I wanted to add clear frit to the white on the lotus pendant. Something different to add to the pendant.



Here is a close up of the pendant. Both mom and I are really happy with the way it turned out.



A full picture of the pendant that was assembled into a necklace. We used our lampwork glass "sugar" beads, Czech clear beads, seed beads and a sterling silver clasp.



This is a closeup of the "sugar" beads. I use a base white and then put clear frit on top of the beads. Mom loves these beads - I don't make them very often and she wanted them in this necklace.



That is quick process of how we created this piece for the December Challenge - White.

Here is a list of the other participants:

20 comments:

  1. those lampworked 'sugar' beads really make your beautiful lotus pendant pop ;)

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  2. How lovely , it's looks frosted, very apt for this time of year

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  3. Lovely! I understand why your mother wanted the sugar beads in the necklace, they really enhance the pure look.

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  4. That's a beautiful pendant! It's always a pleasure to see the preciseness in your sawing and enameling.

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  5. That's a beautiful pendant! It's always a pleasure to see the preciseness in your sawing and enameling.

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  6. Beth, glad you played along this month and that lotus pendant is amazing!

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  7. Beth, it must be nice to work in such close tandem with your Mom. Your combined talents resulted (always do) in a beautiful lotus pendant with stunning beads that look good enough to eat! Al. Oh, that dove image is awesome!

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  8. I love how you and your mom worked together to create this end product. And, it's lovely! The pendant definitely stands out, and the white chain reminds me of ice and snow blending into the background. Nicely done!!

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  9. Such a beautiful piece. I love the collaboration and division of labor in the process. It all comes together so nicely.

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  10. That turned out beautifully, I love the pendant and the sugar beads are the perfect match!

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  11. It is so wonderful to see from inspiration to finished piece! That is a lot of tiny bits to saw... Beautiful work!

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  12. I love your lotus pendant! Your mom did a fabulous job with making the pattern and sawing it out. Your use of the 'sugar' beads really make it special.

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  13. What a beautiful pendant love the lotus flower adding the sugar beads really finishes it off.. I do love sugar beads.... And just plain white ones too. Gorgeous 😁

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  14. I love how you and your mother worked on it together. The white necklace is lovely. Have a happy and healthy 2019!

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  15. I love the sugar beads for their texture and depth. Its really great that your mom does metalwork too

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  16. Love that you get to work with your mom. You both created a wonderful design.

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  17. Love your inspiration photo and the necklace turned out beautifully.

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  18. This is a beautiful necklace! And I especially love that you showed the creative process of you and your mum! I so love to see how you took inspiration from the image, how it was changed into an abstract way fitting for the pendant! It definitely inspired me to try this method as well! I could also work wonderful for stencils or stamps. Thank you both for participating in this month's theme challenge! :)

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  19. Fantastic collaboration as always! Looks like a necklace for a Snow Queen. Thanks you both for joining us!

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  20. It was so interesting to read about the whole process. The pendant is beautiful and those sugar beads add some pizzas to the necklace!

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