I created two pieces for the book- a necklace and a matching bracelet. As soon as I was asked to create something magical, a piece that exudes natural elements, and shows off the versatility of polymer clay, I immediately knew who to contact for my art beads.
I asked Michele Garrett Gesing of Gabriel to recreate a set of beads that she had made before- that looked like seaweed in the depths of the ocean. She made me a bunch of beads and sent them and I picked out the ones I wanted to use, as the necklace came together.
I also contacted D'Arsie of Mamacita Beadworks and she sent me these really cool pewter double drilled links that have interesting texture on them. To add to the whole underwater theme, I purchased these lamp work glass bubbly beads from Jill Symons. The necklace took no time at all to create. I used some deep green Fairy silk cording up around the back and tied some of Michele's polymer twisties onto the ends of the silk, creating a really cool effect.
Here is the matching bracelet. I linked Mamacita's pewter links together using jump rings, and and placed one of the oval focal beads asymmetrically next to the clasp. Tied some ribbon on and strung a few more twisty beads for some interest. The fine silver wire hook was handmade by Jennifer Stumpf, and hooks into one of the pewter connectors, as the clasp.
Here is a nice detail shot of the focal bead. Look at the colors and textures, and little swirls indented into the surface making it look like water ripples. Michele is really such a great artist. I love her work.
I am so glad I was able to collaborate with these fine artists to create a special piece for this amazing book. This book is an important timeless creation that teaches many lessons even outside of jewelry alone. I love that it teaches you, the creator, to be inspired by the things around you. You don't always have to just be inspired by other jewelry. In this day and age, where copying is at it's highest, most aggravating point- this book comes at a most excellent time to teach, inspire, and help you find beauty in all things amongst reality and fantasy. Be inspired by shapes, by colors, by textures. Look inside yourself for the creative and imaginative elements that help you become a better artist.