Summertime means so many things to so many people. It has meant a lot of different things to me at different times. When I was younger, it was an opportunity to sleep in with no school, a time to climb trees and swim in the lakes.
As I got older, it was a time of warmth, to wear shorts and sandals, a time of parties especially around my birthday and to spend time on the beach.
When I was an adult, it was still a time of warmth, long evenings gaming with friends on the porch, BBQs and fresh berries. Now it is a time to relax, to enjoy my body with less pain because of the warmth, to take my vacation from work and recharge my batteries. In fact, my vacation starts tomorrow.
The one thing that has stayed the same through out my years has been my love of the ocean. When someone says summer, a beach is the first thing that pops into my mind. Preferably one with tide-pools and lots of starfish.
When Art Jewelry Elements announced their summertime challenge, that image of a starfish came right to mind and I had the perfect focal sitting on my work table just wanting for the right inspiration. This chocolate ceramic starfish is from Firefly Design Studio and I have to say that I am really loving her new designs in the chocolate clay. I just had to add a bit of sari silk as it reminds me of the scarves I used to tie over my swimsuits.
I made up a chain for this little beauty using apatite, a couple of polymer clay beads from Tealwater Designs and brass wire.
I finished it all up with a golden brass clasp with a nautical design. Still not sure if I am going to keep this one for myself or let her go.
Now are you ready for some more summer eye candy? Several designers have joined in for the fun on this challenge and I know that I can't wait to see what they have come up with.
AJE teamJen Cameron