Saturday, January 5, 2013

ABS January Challenge

Fairy Trail

Time for the January  2013 ABS challenge  !
Last month I waited and waited and waited some more,
for the beads I wanted to use to be delivered .
I hope never  to repeat that frustration!
This month I asked myself the question
What comes first...  the Beads or the Design ?
Of course the answer is always different .
Sometimes I see the inspiration and an idea pops right into my head.
Then I hope to have the right components already waiting in my stash !
But ,sometimes I just start pulling out beads that match the colors .
I hope something will call out loud and clear to me.
 This month it was a piece of olive /gold  lace that caught my eye.
When I first saw the painting, I thought maybe I'll make some sort of peacock.
But, the fantasy, fairy tale quality of the theme haunted me .
The lace mimicked the color and texture of the peacock's tale .
Vintage lace seemed perfect for a Fairy Princess piece of jewelry .
The lace was sturdy enough to press into the black clay  for texture  too!
I make flowers whenever I can . I decided my art bead would a  delicate floral with peacock blue center. Then I found a few metal ferns and  some glass beads for bling .To finish it all off I used  a bit of guilders paste to high-lite the black clay.

Do we ever outgrow our  Fairy Princess  dress- up days?
I hope not .
This week
create a dress up design
Bead Happy !


  1. Lovely ! The bit of lace looks perfect in the design that you came up with. And I love the colors. Keep on designing and creating, Cinderella. :)

  2. Beautiful interpretation of this months challenge! I love the richness of the colors you've got here!

  3. What a lovely bracelet it looks like a little crown nice and unusual and the colours are a nice interpretation of the challenge!

  4. This is so pretty and unique! You really captured the elements of the painting very well!

  5. Love how you've stunningly reimagined Botke's painting into a cuff fit for a princess!

  6. Great design. It's very cool that you imprinted the lace design into the clay.

  7. This is lovely. I love the white flower. All the pretty lace and colors they just really flow together. Such a fun and unique piece. Excited to see next months. Happy creating. Kimi from