January 19, 2009

January Art Bead Scene Challenge- VanGogh's Irises

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.








Wish me luck! There are a lot of FABULOUS entries already submitted! Go see them here!










10 comments:

  1. I like how you did the stitching thing, Lorelei, now my head is buzzing with how I could do that with some of the other two-hole connectors I've been making, even the oval one you made that great bracelet with. I'd have to make the wire part much bigger... hmmm, I want to try that out now.

    Thanks for the gorgeous use of that little heart!

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  2. Lovely - I especially love the "stitched" technique too!

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  3. Another great piece! I am loving the new button techniques!

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  4. So cool! I love the way you put these ideas together and how it all works so nicely. I'm also enjoying Lynn's comment, as I was inspired by your bracelet to purchase Lynn's Asian connectors and now I have some more ideas on how to play with them when they arrive, although just as they are would be great, too!

    I also enjoy your etsy favorites. You have almost enough owls to make an etsy Treasury with!

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

    Cindy

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  5. Wow, it's so sweet and beautiful. I love it! I could go on and on over this one. And, I love that lilac color!!

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  6. Oh my, your necklace is just beautiful. Living in Southern California, I get to see Van Gogh's Irises often. It's at the Getty Museum and is simply breathtaking. You've captured the colors so nicely. Well done, very pretty!

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  7. ooohhh ahhhh! Love it, beautiful work as always!

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  8. This necklace is really cool, Lorelei! I love the whole feel of it. It's modern, sweet and vintage all that the same time!

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