Monday, August 08, 2011

I just love this picture, an illustration for American Cresent Cycles, 1899, by Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell. ,  which is the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge inspiration for August.  I can't stop looking at the colors and how wonderfully they work together. Since I was so captivated by this painting I decided to try out some of the colors on a few pieces.  Here is what I came up with.  All 4 are in my Etsy Shop.

Art Nouveau Style Daisy Heart Pendant
This is such a wonderful color combo, I think,  inspired by the colors of her dress and hair.               

I can't resist putting in a mellow orange to the mix.  The thought of the lilies brings this color out in me!!

Here I added some red to the mix.  The hand made toggle bar reminds me of the bicycle in Ramsdell's illustration.

This toggle clasp has a hint of fern in a yellow gold and green.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Awesome clasps and pendants!!! I really love the two clasps you made!

  2. Oh Mary, you really caught the vibe of the pic!

  3. The way you captured the colors is incredible. Your pieces are outstanding. I think I need to go shopping!

  4. You did well! Love those colors, too!

  5. Beautiful! I love this illustration as well. Every time I look I see something new!
    Enjoy the day!

  6. Mary - these are just beautiful. I think I'll have to head out to your etsy shop...

    :) Molly

  7. Lovely, lovelies!! You are such an inspiration- I love the color palette this month too!! So far I only have a black and white sketch done- not sure yet where I am going with it this month.

  8. Oh what lovely colors You got there..perfect !!

  9. I love the toggle clasps. That is thing with beading, finding a great clasp to go with all the beautiful design you have created. You get a pattern going and then get to the clasp and often it is more of a make due than part of the whole. Thanks!


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