Saturday, March 13, 2010

Something Old into Something New

I completed my entry for Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge !
My "Spring Morning "necklace incorporates my own polymer clay interpretation of VanGogh's "Almond Blossom " branch ,with recycled Sari ribbon to capture the wonderful shades of blues in the painting .
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If I had unlimited funds I would probably buy every new jewelery component I see !!!
I'm sure many of those "new "items would be old.
Oh how I wish I still had my Grandmother's huge stash of costume jewelry !
My mother gave it all way many , many years ago..."not worth anything" sigh.... :(

I love the look of re-purposed and recycled additions . They seem to give the design a certain soul that new and shiny doesn't have .
Don't misunderstand ,I do like new and shiny !
But, lately I'm fixated on old . Maybe because I'm old!!! LOL!

Right now I can Not get enough of recycled sari ribbon .
Wonderful textures ! Glorious colors !
I love the frayed "shabby chic " look of it . It may not be to everyone's taste .
The ribbons are a bit worn, wrinkled and they do have stray threads etc.
But , for me they have a certain charm and mystery .
I think they are perfect for Spring
They're reminiscent of laundry blowing in the breeze (remember that?) or the bits of thread birds love to use for nest building .
I have been collecting a draw FULL of irresistible sari ribbon shades !

It's been a long winter . Spring is coming at last !
I've seen my first robin and the flower bulbs are sprouting.
I think it's the perfect time of year to use
something old to create something fresh and new !

Bead Happy , m.e. :)


  1. I like ribbons too and will be using them more and more in my work. I really like the idea of recycled sari ribbon though--completely fantastic ideas!

    Enjoy your spring as I've enjoyed your art! Fabulous!

  2. Gorgeous m.e.! I love the mix of old and new and your flowers are always beautiful.

  3. What a beautiful reminder that spring will come again soon.The branch and flowers are so well crafted. Such a wonderful lovely piece and the sari ribbon is the perfect touch. A mini-masterpiece. I resonate to your idea that utilising the re-purposed and recycled gives your work a bit of history and soul. Never thought to do the with jewellery, but love to do it with vintage fabrics.

  4. That is flippin' gorgeous!!! All that texture...I can see why you're craving that ribbon. :) Love it!