November 10, 2010

Art Bead Artistry: Autumn Color Challenge part two

First today, I want to announce the winner of the Auntie's Beads copper giveaway!  Congrats to Marcie Abney of La Bella Joya!  Email me at with your address and I will send you the copper goodies!
 And now onto part two of the and Pantone autumn challenge. The challenge was to use the Pantone Fall 2010 guide as color inspiration and shop from ArtBeads online catalog for items to make Autumn inspired jewelry.  I chose a variety of things and worked on two projects.  Today I will show you the project I created using Resin Flowers* from the catalog.  I picked several colors from the Pantone guide in jewel tones like amethyst and ruby and tourmaline along with some topaz and peach tones.  I wanted to cluster them all together, but how?
 I ended up using some natural brass rivets, beaded one flower on each rivet, and sticking them into copper resin clay in clustered patterns.  The clay sets up pretty quickly, so I made a simple shape and quickly inserted the flowers before it set.  It worked great!
 I just need to drill holes in them and sand the backs up a bit because I didn't use a non-stick surface to set the clay on... they have paper stuck to the backs (I made these in a hotel room the night before a show, so I didn't have all the proper tools...oops!)  I think they are really fun and they open up lots of neat possibilities!

 Here are the flowers that I used, available from 

Matte Tourmaline Resin Daisy Flower
Matte Topaz Resin Daisy Flower  
 Matte Smoked Topaz Resin Daisy Flower 
 Matte Ruby Resin Daisy Flower 
Matte Peach Resin Daisy Flower 
Matte Amethyst Resin Daisy Flower
 *FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Art Beads were provided as a promotional gift for review or design purposes.

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 comment:

  1. Those are so adorable! I can't wait to see what you make. You are so inventive, Melanie!
    Enjoy the day!