The first thing that sprang to mind when I saw this month’s Art Bead Scene inspiration painting was “Birdies!” (in the voice of my 3 year old).
I made some faux ceramic bird beads using polymer clay. I gave them all different colourings as in the painting. My initial idea was to have a row of birds making a bracelet like a paper doll chain, but some of the cheeky birdies turned inside out. Instead I put them on a white felt backing to create a cuff with a sprinkling of beads and sequins to represent the icy snow.
I made some extra beads, so this little birdy needs a home. Leave a comment below if you’d like to adopt him (he assures me he can even manage an international flight). If you share this giveaway on facebook/twitter etc let me know and I’ll put your name in the hat again for extra chances to win. 🙂
This month I have made a bracelet for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge. This time the inspiration piece was a landscape and luckily the colours were perfectly matched by a gift bead included when I bought the Cosmic Ceramic tutorial by Iris Mishly and Hilla Bushari.
For my piece I wanted to capture the undulating landscape elements. I have been experimenting with freeform beading but mostly I end up with chaos on a string (one day I may share a failed monthly challenge piece…) so I decided to retain a little bit of structure. I made three strips of peyote beading and plaited them together. I used different sized beads in the strips so they had a slight ruffle to them.