Monday, May 18, 2009

Entry for ABS's Monet theme!

This is our first Art Bead Scene entry! I created the lampworked glass beads using a 6-step process for this month's theme - Monet's Waterlilies. I used copper leaf, our own blue frit mix, coppered opal yellow, goldstone and orchid enamel. Each bead is shaped into a disk using a graphite Osibin lentil shaper, which allows more variation and control than a bead press. (I have several Osibin shapers and love them - they're so versatile!)

The bracelet uses pale, understated elements to keep the focus on the art beads. 4mm rutilated quartz and 8mm rose quarts round are spaced with bright sterling silver Bali daisies. The bracelet is finished with a bridge shaped bright sterling silver clasp. It is a sweetly wearable piece that, though abstract, bears a striking resemblance to Monet's Waterlilies series!

I've added the bracelet and matching earrings to our Flickr and also created new Etsy listings for them. We're trying to update our Etsy with more of our current work so stay tuned!

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