Friday, December 28, 2018

Art Elements December Theme -- White

Photo of white clothes by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash
Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash
This Art Elements December Theme is white.   There are so many shades of white.  Just consider the collection of white dresses above.  There are so many whites in the dresses-- a bright stark white like found in ice, the warm shade of egg-shells and antique linen in some of those dresses.

About the same time that I read about this challenge, I read one of the Crafty Hope blogs where she shares a look at her week.  At its end, she shares a few of her inspirations.  Her inspirations sometimes become mine.  In this particular blog,  Hope highlighted some Wire Whimsies by Fresh Bakes Designs that are great for gifts or decorating gifts. 

I decided I would make a set of white flowers as a gift for my daughter.  She has planter's on her deck that a set of these flowers would look cute especially when waiting for spring flowers.  I gathering my tools which included:
Wire cutters (not jewelry cutters)
wire straightening tool
round nose pliers
24 gauge wire
16 gauge black annealed wire
30 6 -8mm beads -your choice
Sealant for wire-I used steel and Renaissance wax

Next, I spiraled the wire right off the spool to prepare the wire. I cut a total of 7 feet of wire and rubbed it with steel wool and then Renaissance wax to make it suitable for the outside. Fresh Baked Design offers another way of treating the annealed wire.  I then took 5 feet of wire and made 8 wraps. I bent the wire at 90 degrees and straightened the curve out with my wire straightening tool for a stem. Then, used pliers to create the leaf. Nipped off the end to leave the stem piece about 12 inches long. The length is up to you. The total wire length for the frame was about 7 feet. The flowers ended up being 4 to 5 inches in diameter.

Using the 24 gauge wire, I wired the bottom of the flower spiral to the stem and wrapped the beads around the outer spiral. You can use the 24 gauge wire wrapped to wrap down the stem to add a touch of more detail and stability.  The amount and size of the beads you use will affect the stability.  Expect to use about 6 feet of this wire.  I plan to go back and do that.  I found stability a slight problem that I will correct and I think it will add to a whimsical look.

whimsical wire flower by BayMoonDesign
whimsical wire flower by BayMoonDesign

I really like how these are free flowing and a bit wonky.  I think it adds to the charm! You can also fiddle with the spirals to suit your needs. Or push them out a little so they have some dimension. I used white beads that had a blueish glow like an iceberg.  I plan to make a set of white wire flowers for me.  I have always wanted a night garden of white flowers.  I don't have a green thumb so I see this as the perfect solution for me.

Pewter ladies earrings by BayMoonDesign
Pewter ladies earrings by BayMoonDesign
am happy to report that this month's inspIration finally pushed me use a pair of ladies in pewter by Inviciti.  They have been on my jewelry table for at least a year while I waited for a perfect background for them.  For awhile, I had planned to make a copper oval disk and use that as the background for the ladies. When I spotted these vintage white mother of pearl disk in my stash, I saw that they made a nice, bright background for the ladies.

cup of coffee Photo by Sarah Shaffer on Unsplash
Photo by Sarah Shaffer on Unsplash

Grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy seeing what this talented group of artisans creates with white as the inspiration and the medium wide open.

Guest Artists










Kathy (here)






Art Elements Team








Photo of heart by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
Thanks for stopping by!  I love to hear what you have to say.  If you don't already follow my blog and facebook page, please do.  I am having a 20% off sale in my BayMoonDesign online store to celebrate my having surpassed a total of 700 sales on Etsy.   This is a great time to stock up on my handmade greeting cards and art jewelry.  Grab an end of the year bargain between now and New Year's 2019 Day.


  1. I don't have a green thumb, either. What a fun idea to have wire flowers like these instead!
    The white beads are a great background for the ladies, sometimes it's just worth it to wait a while.

  2. Those flowers are brilliant, I'm sure your daughter will love them

  3. Its great that you recreated Lynda's wire whimsy. Congrats on having 700 sales; here's to wishing you more in 2019

  4. Cute flowers, Kathy! Also, yes, use those art beads so someone can see them! Glad the theme pushed you to use them! Very cute!

    1. I am great at buying art beads. Selling my jewelry seems to take a second place to buying the beads!

  5. I love wire flowers and your one is lovely, one day I will have to have a play so thank you for the tip on the spiral ;)

  6. Kathy, your spiral, whimsical flowers are right up my alley! I have so many little things like that poking out of pots in the house and strategically placed thoroughout my garden. I usually go around and gather the more fragile among them when Winter starts setting in. I hope I didn't forget any when I was home in September.
    Oh, I didn't realize at first glance that those were lady figures :).
    Congrats on your Etsy sales, that's envious!

  7. Oh gracious, first, THANK YOU for the mention. I'm so glad those wire flowers inspired you. I thought the whimsy of them was pretty darn cool too. And, you pulled them off beautifully. I can just imagine a whole garden of them. Wow! As for the earrings, I think I recognize them from the Earrings Everyday challenge, but they work perfectly here too. The mother of pearl ovals are the perfect thing to back those charms.

  8. The flower is fabulous... I'd love to get a bunch of those! The earrings are gorgeous too, the mother of pearl is perfect for them.

  9. I loved the process on how you created the flowers - and I am sure your daughter will love them.
    I love the what you used as the background for the ladies - it sure made them pop.

  10. The wire flowers are a perfect idea for embellishing a present. I may have to try some. I love the mother of pearl discs behind the pewter ladies. I think the color of mother of pearl and the shape really highlights the pewter charms.

  11. I love the quirky flowers Kathy and your earrings are very elegant.

  12. The wire flowers are definitely a perfect solution for folks without a green thumb! :) And it's great that you got to use the pewter ladies, because those earrings look just lovely.

  13. The wire flower is adorable and what a great idea to make a garden of them. The pearls make a great background for the pewter charms and the earrings are lovely.

  14. I love your pieces Kathy! That flower is so cool! :)

  15. Loving the flower great fun and pretty earrings... Beautiful

  16. Kathy - what playful flowers! I would love to see them "planted". The women charms are great fun- cool earrings! Thanks again for joining us!

  17. The wire flowers are a wonderful idea and I think your daughter will treasure them. I can imagine how lovely they must look surrounded by greenery and sunlight coming through the beads!
    I love how you found the perfect background for the earring charms! My own work table is utter chaos but if I can't see everything, I tend to forget it and not use it...
    Thank you for participating in the first theme challenge I hosted at Art Elements! :)

  18. Just like Claire, I thought the wire flowers will act as suncatchers, too! Such a great idea! The long waiting has paid off, the earrings are very elegant!

  19. Fun take on Lynda's wire whimsies! I hope your daughter loved them!