Tuesday 8 January 2013

ABS Challenge

The Art Bead Scene blog has a beautiful inspiration piece for this month's challenge. Black Peacock with Japanese Persimmons by Jessie Arms Botke. I love this painting and found the perfect beads to use in my entry.

The art beads I used were made by Tania Grey. Somehow, they were just perfect. These frit filled lampwork beads had just the right colors; splashed with blues, greens, and dabs of yellow, like the persimmons. The clear glass Tan used reminds me of the river behind the peacocks in the painting. Her beads have beautiful flow!


I knotted the glass nuggets along black cotton cord. Then I added a length of handmade copper chain with clusters of glass flowers in the same colors. Nestled amongst the flowers are twisted copper wire beads with rosy tipped ball ends I made. You can see one between the blue flowers here.

The closure is a chunky copper clasp I made with a vintage Swaroski crystal dangling from the extension chain. There's a dark, metal rose stamping as a focal.

 I nestled silver lined seed beads in the flower dangles for a little extra sparkle and detail. I love how this bracelet came out. It's feminine and comfortable to wear, but still earthy without being too bold.

I've listed this  bracelet in my shop. There are lots of new items, so worth a look! Also don't forget to have a peek at the ABS blog to find out how you can enter the challenge.


  1. The lampworks so match with the theme =)
    So fresshhh...

    1. What a beautiful bracelet! That it looks so comfortable to wear is yet another plus.

  2. Oh I love love this bracelet. I love the glass beads and the little flowers are my favorite. This was such a fun challenge wasnt it :).. Looking forward to next month. Happy creating, Kimi from www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks, Kimi! Yep, it was lots of fun. I can't wait to see what February brings!