Thursday, January 3, 2013

January Art Bead Scene Challenge

Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons by Jessie Arms Botke, and beads by Emma Todd 
                         (Please note the art is copyrighted and is to be used only as inspiration.)

 This month's Art Bead Scene challenge is inspired by Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons by Jessie Arms Botke.  It has with many different elements that can be used for inspiration: trees, persimmons, peacocks, teal green, golds, eyes and foliage

I decided to use some swirl barrel art beads made by Emma Todd in my design.  Emma lives in Canada and creates beautiful polymer clay beads.  I selected her beads because of the their green and gold color and Emma says that the peacock was her inspiration for the beads.  These art beads are a perfect fit for this months challenge. I wanted to combine some other elements from nature so I selected some mint green sea glass from my collection and wrapped each piece in gold colored bronze wire  to bring in some more gold.  I used a leaf toggle to tie in the folliage in the art.

Sea Glass and Art Bead Necklace Inspired by Nature can be found in Bay Moon Design Etsy Store

This is the unique necklace that combines mint green sea glass that has been wire wrapped and green gold art beads made from polymer clay. The necklace has 5 pieces of mint colored sea glass 4 polymer clay beads that have swirls of green and gold. These polymer clay beads have yellow crystals combined with them.   The necklace is held together with a bronze clasp that looks like a leaf.

There are some great prized being given by the 2 sponsors Erin Siegel and Sarah Hornik of Glass by Sarah.
Erin Siegel designs jewelry, is an instructor and book author. She creates bohemian style jewelry using different types of beads and jewelry finding. Erin incorporates art beads into many of her designs. 

Macrame Flower Bracelet by Erin Siegel

Erin is donating $50 gift certificate to her Etsy Shop.
Visit Erin on her websiteblog, Etsy,  and Facebook.

Glass by Sarah Hornik

Sarah Hornik of Glass by Sarah is a lampwork bead artist living in Tel Aviv, Israel. My favorite beads of Sarah are the multi-color, non traditional shapes with lots of bumps. She also is an instructor teaching her craft locally and in other countries. 

Sarah is $50 gift certificate to her Etsy Shop.

Visit Sarah on their websiteblogEtsy (beads and eBooks), Etsy (jewelry), eBay and Facebook.

 Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on February 1st.  Complete instructions on how to enter can be found on the Art Bead Scene Blog.


  1. Ooooh what a treat to greet me today! I love it Kathy! Funny, these beads came to my mind too when I saw this months inspiration but boy, are you quick off the mark. You've really pulled together a beautiful cohesive design here that clearly fits with the inspiration while not being overtly peacock. Best of luck snagging one of the great prizes - off to share

  2. Gorgeous necklace! I love it!

  3. Hello Kathy,

    Thanks for the mention on your post! I selected your necklace for the designer of the week on the Art Bead Scene. Congrats!

  4. Love the brilliant way you paired Emma's vibrant beads with the gentle sea glass colour, Kathy. Congrats on being featured this week at ABS!