Thursday, July 16, 2015

Art Bead Scene Editors Take The Challenge: July


                                        Still Life with Shells by Balthasar van der Aast  1640

Taking the challenge with the July Art Bead Scene painting, Still Life with Shells, has been a fun opportunity to beach comb like I did as a child, but this time the shells are made of ceramic clay!!  I used a shell I had on hand to help me make my imaginary sea creature homes into wearable beads.  I was inspired by the the yellow, browns and orange in Van der Aast's palette when it came time to add the glazes.
Here is a selection of what I made
                                        Bracelet bar or two hole pendant
                                                     Sea Shell Spiral Pendant
Beachcomber's Pendant

Drops

Charms

Beads

Dancing Sea Creature Pendant

I have added some of these to my Etsy shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Mary

Here are the links to all the  participants in the blog hop:
Mary Harding
Claire Lockwood
Michelle Ann McCarthy
Heather Powers





23 comments:

  1. Beautiful and painterly. These really have a feeling for the waterworld.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Dawn. I am delighted that I have conveyed a waterworld in my pieces. I am so happy to hear it!!

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  2. Love the crusty, ancient quality of these... they are gorgeous! I especially love that second piece, the sea shell spiral pendant. Yummy.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Sarajo!! I am so happy you stopped by. It is such a beautiful painting to get inspiration from.

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  3. Wow exciting stuff! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you for Katherine!! I am so pleased that my pieces inspire you!! I love the bead you made inspired by this painting!!

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  4. Wow exciting stuff! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Terri and responding with enthusiam to my creations!!

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  6. Wild, mysterious, absolutely beautiful. xo -- Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie for your response comment to my creations. I am always so pleased to hear from you and it makes my day to hear you find them wild and mysterious!!

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  7. I love all your ceramic creations, but I am really drawn to the drops. I see some fabulous earrings that want to come to life!

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    1. Thank you Michelle for your great comment. I am excited to hear you imagine fab earrings from the drops.

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  8. Great beads, Miss Mary! I love the dangly bits. The texture is divine. But I do so love those first ones, the connectors. The colors and shapes are awesome! I didn't get mine finished in time to photograph. Love seeing the diverse interpretations! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Thank you so much Erin for your detailed comment of what you found cool in my beads and those that you favored. You know how much I admire your taste in art beads!!! Look forward to seeing what you made!!! I

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  9. I especially love your sea shell spiral pendant and charms. Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment Kathy!! I looked again at your favorite ones and am so pleased you mentioned them!!

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  10. So lovely! The Beachcomber pendant...I looked twice, as it looked "real"! Beautiful, as always!

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    1. Thank you Patti!!! I agree about that Beachomber pendant-- I did a double take when it came out of the kiln. I think it is that extra white creamy porcelain clay that gave it that life like look. Thanks so for your kind words and support!!

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  11. Great job. All the pieces seem to have come from a small wade pool from the beach. I love the last one, reminds me of a star fish with jewels.

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