Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Art Bead Scene May A Simple Garland

Here is how I came to make this necklace.

I really love the colors in this month's Art Bead Scene challenge painting Hide and Seek by Berthe Marisot.  I made this large donut pendant last month to reflect my favorite color combination of ochre and a red brown.  I felt that it also worked for the painting Hide and Seek. 

I have been wanting to try Heather Power's Bird Nest Bail tutorial for some time and I decided to try it with this pendant.  I found that it worked very well.  I used an antiqued copper wire in gauge 22 because that is what I had.  But I do love this color and gauge for this pendant.  I added three of my light red round ceramic beads to bring out the color of the cherries in the the painting and the similar color in the pendant.  The black flower is a vintaj charm.

The two simple leaves are stoneware ceramic pieces that I made recently. They are attached with my copper ball head head pins.  The cord is one I felted from Moreno wool and includes all the darker colors in the painting. I love it with the pendant.  The copper clasp is one I made based on Cindy Wimmer"s Spiral Clasp tutorial.

I loved putting all these handmade components together into my Simple Garland Necklace.   I am so pleased to have been able to make a submission for the May ArtBeadScene Challenge.  Thank you for stopping by and looking.


  1. Hi Mary, i think your necklace compliments the painting perfecly and that cord is so unique and fits the words "art beads" i love this challenge & your necklace take care ttfn L:)

  2. Beautiful design Mary! I really love the simplicity of it!

  3. Gorgeous design! Love all the different elements together. Awesome!

  4. The pendant is so pretty - I really like the cord you made to go with it.

  5. The piece is wonderful, thanks for posting it. But of the whole necklace, I love your bead best.

  6. That is a fantastic piece in the colors that are my favorite the earth brown and the complimentary green...that is the reason I love this creation.


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