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When I first saw this month’s ABS inspiration painting I wondered why it was a photograph! It’s a lush botanical study by Marianne North.

Painting by Marianne North

Trees Laden with Parasites and Epiphytes in a Brazilian Garden by Marianne North
Oil on Paper

I made some red and green polymer clay cube beads and used them in a multi-strand bracelet with a mix of glass beads and stone chips. I wanted to create something lush like the painting.

bead strands

Then I made a polymer clay butterfly to add to the clasp so it would become a FEATURE when it twists to the top (as clasps are wont to do).

polymer clay butterfly bead

bracelet with butterfly

The butterfly is attached by one wing only so it can flit about a bit (and so you can move it out of the way to close the toggle).

multistrand bracelet

butterfly bracelet