art bead, bracelet, Cate van Alphen, earring, handmade bead, JAN ABS, polymer clay, star, starfish
As my girls would sing “For the first time in forever…” I have made an entry for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge. I do follow along every month and usually plan something, but I don’t often get to sit down and make it.
I had been thinking about making polymer clay star beads over Christmas, so I thought it would be easy peasy to make a couple for a pair of earrings. But, then I had enough clay for three stars so I thought the third would make a nice charm for a bracelet. So I made a few more beads in different shapes to make a bracelet. And a few more stars in different sizes…
In the end I didn’t use the third star charm and I now have a bowl of beads waiting to become something when they grow up. The bracelet ended up daintier than I planned. The chunkier beads in the bracelet irritated me – I think because I use my hands a lot.
Initially the earrings were just supposed to be the large star charm on the bottom hung from an ear-wire, but they grew.
The back shows a little cross-pollination with Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”.
Some of the stars twist around the wrong way but they look quite cute – like little starfish. Sometimes I feel like my sparkle is hiding on the inside too so that’s ok. 🙂
How you do this with ALL the other things you do boggles my mind! You must get to bed at dawn…I think these are beautiful. But then, I’m a Fulgorine fan. 🙂
I can’t NOT do the polymer 😉
Mona Arnott said:
Charming little stars. I like that they look like puffy pillow beads from the back and that they turn back and forth so both sides can be visible.
You may decide you want to take the beads from the bracelet and the ones in the bowl and turn everything into a necklace. That seems to be my solution lately :0)
I’ll probably make a few more pairs of earrings with the left overs. Necklaces allways seem like a big project, probably because I make, undo and remake several times before I’m happy.