I had so much fun with the We’re All Ears challenge last month that I decided I would try again. This month the inspiration is Zigzag Nerite shells:
|Zigzag Nerite shells - Neritina Communis - from Atlantis Shell Co|
|Spark of Nehrite|
|Zigzag Nerite shells - from SeaLifeGifts.net|
Oh boy! This one was a challenge. I love the colours in the shells but wasn’t coming up with any interpretation ideas. I was ready to throw in the towel yesterday, the day before reveal, when a bead package arrived in the mail and I came up with this design:
The bulk of the shipment is for a different challenge that I am trying but there were a few other items that I could not resist getting. One of these was a bundle of ceramic beads with a bird pendant and a small heart pendant. The remainder were pretty little ceramic beads of different colours and finishes. All are handmade by Gaea Cannaday.
In that ceramic bead bundle I found the start of my inspiration, 2 ceramic beads of an antique white colour very similar to the white of the shells in the lower picture. I went dashing through a very large pile of beads I had set aside and found some mother of pearl shell beads in a pretty orange, and picked through them until I found the perfect match to the orange of the shells at the bottom of the picture.
I had the main colours and now needed to bring in the darker complements. I did this by using some pewter buttons that were stashed away, some very rough cut archeological style beads I had recently picked up and tied it all together with black mousetail and gunmetal ear wires, jump rings and balled head pins.
These earrings and this challenge really stretched me and made me explore a method I’ve never used before. All that and not a gemstone in sight.
Check out all the other interpretations here.
Well they turned out great and just in time! Fantastic!ReplyDelete
I love these! I love your asymmetrical-but-harmonious design, and the pewter buttons are awesome! I really like them with the MOP and shell beads, that's a great contrast. And the dark cording really tied it all together and added the black element. Great work!ReplyDelete
Happy to hear this. I wasn't sure about the composition. Thanks!Delete
I struggle with asymmetry, so it is always helpful to see how,others accomplish that look. Nice balance. Stretching and exploring is a great benefit of these challenge. The colors work nicely and the button is a terrific idea.ReplyDelete
Thank you Cindy. Always nice to hear from others on how the challenge is handledDelete
Loved reading your story. Sounds like kismet when everything finally fell into place. Love those pewter buttons!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Linda. I've been following your posts for awhile now and love your work. I appreciate the commentsDelete
so unique and beautiful :)ReplyDelete
Thanks. Makes it all worthwhile to read the commentsDelete
lovely , soft and subtle . at first I thought the main grey component was seashells . love grey and yellow- orange together.ReplyDelete
Love the asymmetrical style!ReplyDelete