Jewelry Designs from Nature Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to my garden…  that’s my theme for the Jewelry Designs from Nature Challenge. The generous and talented Heather Powers, aka Humblebeads had a little lottery earlier this summer and I was one of the lucky designers selected to work with one of her polymer clay pendant beads.

Designs From Nature Challenge 2012

I work at a cactus nursery, so the garden theme works for me. In the very hot summer months (Mojave Desert), I am often up at dawn and out watering plants. It needs to be done before it gets too steamy (both for my sake, and the plants too!) Not much dew out here in the desert, but I do get to see some amazing birds, critters low to the ground, spiders and other flying insects. Not to mention some awesome cactus flower blooms.

Center focal Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Heather sent along this poem for inspiration:

A sepal, petal and a thorn

Upon a common Summer’s morn –

A flask of Dew – A Bee or two-

Bee from Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

A breeze – a caper in the trees –

And I’m a rose!

(Emily Dickinson)

Here’s what I came up with for the challenge:

Nature Challenge Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Since I really enjoy a good challenge, I decided I needed to master the technique of micro-macrame leaves and incorporate that into the design process.  Needed to make the holes in the wooden beads a little bigger to be able to fit two cords through. Task completed with the help of my trusty Dremel. Always a bonus to be able to play with tools.

Dremel From Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Also decided to mess around and make a pair of earrings to go along with this necklace. I repurposed a broken pair of bronze earrings by wrapping them in silk sari ribbon. Added a red button, a lampwork headpin and did a little sewing of the ribbon.

Earring Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Earrings Nature Challenge by The Beading YoginiRepurposed that little card that Heather sent along with her pendant too.

Necklace Nature Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Materials used: Humblebeads pendant, C-lon cord, lampwork beads and lampwork head pins, lucite flowers, button flowers, buttons, tiny metal bee buttons, dyed flat wooden disk beads, copper jumprings, base metal pendant bail, small glass beads, copper chain and lobster claw clasp, size 11 seed beads, thread, silk sari ribbon, copper findings and repurposed brass earrings. Thanks for stopping by.

Continue blog hopping here:

Sharon Palac

Keirsten Giles

Alicia Marinache

Shelby Foxwell

Lisa Cone

Marlene Brady

Cece Cormier (you are here)

Amy of Amy Beads

Marlene Cupo

Art Bead Scene July Challenge 2012

JULY ABS 4 by The Beading Yogini

Hard to believe that this was inspired by a Picasso?

july ABS 2012 - pablo-picasso-two-acrobats-with-a-dog-1905-palette copy

“Two Acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

July Art Bead Scene Challenge 2012

July ABS 2 by The Beading Yogini

JULY ABS 3 by The Beading Yogini
July ABS 1 by The Beading Yogini
I didn’t know that Picasso even painted anything other than those crazy abstract looking works.
This selection did inspire me to work with color combinations that I would never choose of my own accord.
I decided to use some of the colors from the palette that Brandi Hussey provided. For some reason the print on the acrobats tights and those chalk white faces kept popping into my brain and the here’s the outcome from those images. Materials used: C-lon cord, metal findings, seed beads, bone beads, one of my etched lampwork beads for the center focal, and some glass face beads. Busy as this bracelet looks, it’s kinda’ growing on me. It is a comfortable wear, but it’s going to the 7000 bracelets for hope project. See what others are creating this month on the flickr ABS group. And thanks for stopping by.