Saturday, November 5, 2011


Eclipse of the Heart

Time for the Art Bead Scene Challenge !
This month's painting is
Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni by Marie Spartali Stillman 
I immediately searched my stash for elements that would  reflect the colors and shapes in the painting.
I had some brass filigree components that seemed to suit  the painting's theme.
The saucer beads mirrored the pleats on the sleeves perfectly!
I found some lovely kyanite disk beads that had all the shades of green.Best of all the shape reminded me of the crystal ball in the painting !
I can never resist a touch of nature in my designs .
With the help of saw and Dremel I had a "branch bead "
For the  blossoms I added some fresh water pearls.
But, how to tie it all together?
I kept thinking  about this quote
"The woman is a character from the Italian poet Dante. She was described as a heartless lady dressed in green."
 Was she really heartless,or did life and love just leave an empty place in her heart ???
empty place in her heart........
ah ha !!! A heart toggle !!!

Lately I have been busy creating handmade toggle clasps .
I have also discovered Gliders paste!!!
Wonderful stuff !!! You can turn anything metallic !
My family steers clear of me whenever I have those little cans of  paste in my hands. They  fear  I'll gild them!
More than once this week I've gone to work with metallic fingertips!

I created a heart toggle impressed with a flower/leaf design  .
Then I "gilded" it with a mix of colors to match my brass beads.
The clasp worked as a focal bead too!
It's refreshingly easy to put on a necklace with the clasp in front !
I am having the best time creating toggles !
And I'm having so much fun with Gilders paste!
I love that I was able to use both in my challenge entry !
this week try using  a new tecnique in your jewelry designs...
Bead Happy !!!

1 comment:

  1. Love the branch bead and the "heartless" toggle. You're so imaginative in your thinking.