Wednesday 28 October 2015

Art Bead Scene October Inspiration Challenge

For the month of October this image of the Egyptian goddess Ma’at was selected.

The winged goddess Ma'at is the symbol of truth, order, law, morality and justice. She is one of three goddesses painted on the walls of the tomb of Queen Nefertari who lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II. The goddesses received the queen's offerings for her journey to the afterlife. Ma'at, pictured squatting with outstretched wings, wears a red dress. Her green wings are extended to shield the queen's cartouche.

Ma'at from Tomb of the Queen Nerfertari, 1255BC, Valley of the Queens

The Art Bead Scene hosts an inspiration challenge every month. Participants must use an art bead in their design. The idea is to take something from the inspiration, a theme, colour or colours, shape, whatever strikes you as a starting point, and make an original piece based on it.

I chose to use the colours of the artwork and, to a certain extent, the cartouche symbols, as my inspiration.

Beautiful 5mm potato shaped freshwater pearls and 10Kt Gold Filled clasp were used to make this necklace and bracelet set. Although they were lovely with the shades of blue, purple, copper and green I felt like something was missing. They sat on my bench for a while waiting for the right touch.

This colour palette suggestion attracted my attention and brought the pearls back to mind.

The predominant shades of purple-y blue, copper and greens fit perfectly. Now I needed that finishing touch, the perfect art beads. I went searching through my vast haul collection of art beads and these little lovelies called to me. They are rustic ceramic coins from Cindy Pack of Art & Soul. I was attracted to the shades of blue with the brown ceramic. They felt right with the pearls. The coin on the necklace is imprinted with a paisley pattern and the one on the bracelet has a swirl pattern. Keeping with the direction of the clasps, I used 14Kt Gold Filled jump rings and pendant bails to add the ceramic coins to the strung pearls.

Rustic Ceramic Coins by Cindy Pack, Art & Soul

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