The Little Mermaid by Edward Dulac
The swirls and rhythm of this painting send my imagination into a dance of forms. When Heather Powers, Editor and founder of the Art Bead Scene blog suggested that we, the ABS blogging Team, have a blog hop of work inspired by the July Challenge painting--seen above--I was quick to say "count me in." Today we are having the reveal of our creations celebrating art beads. Some of us made a piece or two or three of jewelry and some of us made art beads. I knew from the get go that I would make beads. And so I did. I surprised myself by what I came up with. I hope you enjoy them too.
I start with a picture of quite a few pieces that I made as I played with forms and ideas.
unglazed ceramic beads by Mary Harding
From those I chose a few to take further for today's post. The ones I didn't choose will be further developed. Perhaps made stronger or smaller or larger. Not sure. The ones with the octopus edges will need to be made thicker I think since I want to run them through the tumbler to soften but not really change the edges. To sponge clay that thin and delicate would probably break it.
ceramic bead shard with ancient water worn look by Mary Harding
another view of the ancient shard by Mary Harding
Scroll style beads ceramic ( cold glazed) by Mary Harding
I love all the movement in this painting and tried to recreate it in these scroll shaped beads. I imagined them being worn on a hemp net style cord.
Scroll bead on hemp net core
Scroll style beads on a hemp net cord. Beads and cord made by Mary Harding
And finally a couple of little mischievous sea serpents for charms, or earrings.
I hope you will check out the work of the other team members to see what they created.
Mary Harding you are here
And then feel inspired to join in and make a piece of jewelry with art beads. You can get all the details about participating in the ArtBeadScene Monthly Challenge HERE