Jul 15, 2014

Art Bead Scene July Challenge

The Little Mermaid, 1911 by Edmund Dulac 
Pencil, pen, black ink and watercolour with scratching out on paper
12¼ x 9 7/8 in. (30.8 x 25.2 cm.)

I just love the picture chosen as an inspiration this month.  It has been rather hot and humid here and just thinking about this picture is almost as good as a dip in the ocean.  It also has some of my favorite colors in it.  It actually inspired me to design up two necklaces, so far.  Don't be surprised if a few more don't show up here this month.

This necklace was inspired by both the beauty of blue seas and the grotesque of the octopus's tendrils and the skull.  The lampwork tendrils are from Mandrel Beads.  These were knotted up with blue textile beads and bone beads.  It was all finished off with a simple sterling silver clasp.

I can't say for sure that this next necklace was inspired by the painting as I have had it in the back of my mind for a while but it certainly brought it for and pushed me to complete it.  This wonderful focal is from TinasBeadMind and it has a depth to the glaze that I couldn't capture in pictures no matter how hard I tried.

This is a simple necklace that is perfect to wear in the summer.  I knotted up the delightful focal with waxed linen and cultured sea glass from Znet Shows.  I made the length adjustable so that it would work with a variety of outfits.

Now like I said, don't be surprised if I have more sea related jewelry up this month.  I have already made myself a bracelet.  Just click here to see it.  And if you are baffled about this challenge, well click on the picture below and you will be taken to a page that will explain it all.


  1. Wow, you've been a very busy designer! Great that you have so many inspirations from one piece of art. Really like the adjustable 'beachy' necklace...the color just glows!

  2. I do love the first necklace. There is something so watery about it. It looks like it would be right at home on any beach! Thank you for participating in the Art Bead Scene Challenge for July! Enjoy the day! Erin


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