February 27, 2010

Song Lore Saturday: The Comedians

This week's Song Lore inspiration is two-fold. First, of course, is a song: "The Comedians" by Elvis Costello.  It's a pretty sad and melancholy song, but one that I thought of when I saw what became the second source of inspiration.  The Art Bead Scene provided that second source with the February monthly challenge, the painting Luna Park by Vestie Davis. The visual of the painting, with all the stripes and colors, mixed with the imagery of the song, inspired me to create this piece.  Here are some of the lyrics:
 "I sat there alone upon the Ferris wheel
A pastel colored carriage in the air
I thought you'd leave me dangling for a little while
A silly twist upon a childish dare"
I made the striped ball bead just for this necklace, and paired it with a broken heart with a bandage, and a dirty red spotty link.  I added some striped glass beads as accents and some C-Koop enameled gears (aren't they awesome?) and used plated pewter spacer bars and gunmetal findings, which reminded me of the inner workings of a Ferris Wheel.
Here is a version of The Comedians, sung by Roy Orbison.

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.


  1. Why yes. Yes they are. (Awesome that is. Both. Those gears and you.)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. What a fantastic interpretation! Great job! Love the little heart with the band-aid. Also really love how you enameled or glazed the sprockets like that. Great touch. Really pulls the whole piece together!