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Monday, October 24, 2011

Art Bead Scene Challenge October

I have been saying I wanted to participate in the Art Bead Scene Challenges but I am always too late. Inspiration takes me a while sometimes and by the time I have been inspired by something, find the beads, find the time to make the piece, photograph the piece, edit the pictures, post them to Flickr and write a blog post about it it's too late and I missed the chance. Not this month!
I am sliding in just under the wire this time. The posts and pics are due the 26th and it's the 24th!
Here is the picture that inspired me:


A Hedgehog in a Landscape, 1643-51 
9¼ x 15 in. 23.5 x 38 cm. bodycolor on vellum
by Giovanna Garzoni

Click on the picture to read more about it and the artist.



Here is the necklace I made from this inspiration.


The focal is an etched copper leaf which I made, I also made the clasp.


The other beads are from Gaea Cannaday who's work you are used to seeing in my pieces.


There are also leopardskin jasper in matte and shiny, and crystals in rondelle and round shapes.
 These beads are all knotted onto 3 strand of waxed linen to give the overall effect of a branch.

I was very inspired by this challenge and was tempted to buy a Hedgie bead and go all out but I like what I came up with, I think it is a subtle nod to the piece while still being "me". It's a long necklace, reaching almost all the way to my stomach, perfect for my favorite fall wardrobe-knee boots, jeans and a sweater :-)

Thank you for stopping by my blog and be sure check out Art Bead Scene to check out the rest of the entries.
~Shannon

17 comments:

Karyn B said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Cindy said...

So beautiful and perfect for Fall! I love the knotted strands and your etched leaf pendant. What a great interpretation of the ABS challenge piece!

Copper Diem said...

Awesome piece, and perfect for fall!!

maryharding said...

Awesome!! The etched leaf is beautiful, the stringing is so delicate and wonderfully ornate and
the colors just lovely.

Christine Altmiller said...

wow! i love the subtlety and organic feel of this piece. it is beautiful! your handmade components are fantastic!

SueBeads said...

Very nice!

Spirited Earth said...

i LUV this piece..and the etched leaf is fabulous..
psst..like you i always want to do a piece for these great challenges and then..bing ..the deadline has passed, for all the reasons you gave.

Klassy Joolz said...

Fabulous piece for fabulous Fall!!!

Heidi said...

Beautiful!

Alice said...

A gorgeous piece from your handmade etched leaf focal and clasp, to the lovely glass beads and the representation of a branch in the cord knotting.

Therese's Treasures said...

Love your piece that etched leaf is gorgeous! Ah man I was going to do this challenge this month, but I have not got all of the items I ordered for my piece, and I'm out of town until the 29th. I did not realize the deadline was the 26th. Oh well I'm still going to make my piece though.
Therese

Shel said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love that leaf pendant and I always love anything hand-knotted!! Gorgeous colors - it really reminds me of the picture!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Truly gorgeous! Love your focal leaf, but also the texture of the necklace and all the different included beads and stones. Sweet!

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

Shannon, I love hand tied pieces. This is beautiful.

Kylie Parry Studios said...

I absolutely love this!!

Karen Williams said...

Beautiful! Your etched leaf is incredible and I love your entire design - you give each bead and component room to shine individually, and it all comes together beautifully as a whole.

The Beading Gem said...

That etched leaf is simply gorgeous and your photography does it justice. What a wonderful inspirational illustration you chose.