Saturday, June 16, 2012

Art Jewelry Elements June Challenge

This lovely photo is our inspiration for the month of June at Art Jewelry Elements. It was taken by Jennifer Cameron on her recent trip to Florida.

As a kid, my family took a vacation every summer, and my husband and I have continue the tradition with our own family. We love picking up shells, rocks, and driftwood along the shore. Each year when summer approaches, I'm eager to plan our next trip. We travel by car so we can see the sights as we go from state to state, and by the time we are heading home, we are already planning for the next year.

The different colors here work so well together in nature, but not necessarily in a piece of jewelry. I had a difficult time finding just the right beads. Some were too pastel, some were too dark. But after several times of stringing and restringing it finally worked.

I started with an etched, patinated copper 'Athena'link from Melinda Orr. Also included is a Czech nautilus shell, red lava beads, aqua faceted glass beads, a couple pale pink lampwork beads from Jane Perla, a dark brown lampwork spacer from That Bead Girl, a little stone bead, and some little freshwater pearl dangles which helped fill the space between the beads and the etched link. The beads are set off with sterling beads and clasp.

'Pocketful of Sea Shells'

Be sure to visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog on the 18th to see what others have made.


Numinosity said...

I think you captured it really well with your selection, Alice.
The matte black lava beads succeeded in balancing out the shine and vivid color of the surrounding beads. And I'm always a fan of verdigris copper. Well done!
Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog too!

PipnMolly said...

Sweet bracelet.
That's a lovely tradition to keep for your kids. My family never understood the concept of vacation.
Thanks for the link to the Art jewelry elements blog.

AntiquityTravelers said...

How lovely ... colors are awesome, and those shells are great!

Anonymous said...

Love rock pools and I need to be by the sea at least once a year. Love the teal and mustard colours and the black lifts it.

KristiBowmanDesign said...

Wonderful creation Alice, thanks for participating in the inspire challenge.

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Very nice Alice! I think you captured the feel of the picture perfectly!

Jennifer Cameron said...

You did such a great job, Alice! I adore all the different elements you used to capture the essence of the photo. I am still trying to finish mine up. One section of it is taking me forEVER. Thanks for participating in the challenge.