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.
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.
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-
A breeze – a caper in the trees –
And I’m a rose!
Here’s what I came up with for the challenge:
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.
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.
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.
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