This month's Art Bead Scene challenge is to focus on the theme of the painting by Vincent VanGogh Irises. This was tougher than I thought! First of all, I don't have beads remotely close the colors in this painting. Secondly, How should I emulate irises with beads? GAH! I was asked recently in a blog comment if I was going to submit this month, so I decided it might be fun to try. Now that I look at the painting again, the irises look more blue than purple. At least I got the greens right. So my inspiration wasn't about the flowers, but was more about color.
I used buttons. And brass wire. And Czech glass rounds that are a beautiful purple color. And the focal was a heart that I just got in the mail last week from the very talented Lynn Davis of ExpeditionD. I tied the heart onto the necklace using some of Lynn's hand dyed ribbon that has a little bit of purple in it.
My favorite part of the necklace is where I inserted buttons into the center of a handforged brass wire loop. I wrapped the button in with some brass wire so that it would look almost stitched on.