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I LOVE a challenge and I’ve been watching eagerly for the new December Art Bead Scene Challenge to be posted.

This time we were to interpret a Wassily Kadinsky painting, Winter Landscape. One of the leaders of the group broke out the colors Kadinsky used in the painting for us.


The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry using some of these hues.

I had some gorgeous  blue ceramic beads that I’d won from Art Bead Scene by Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker of SlateStudioSupply via Etsy.

In October, when I was in Santa Fe, I shopped at Ritual Adornments, a bead shop. I picked out some vintage beads that I thought might one day be used with Sarah’s ceramic beads.

Now was my chance.

I created a bracelet using four of Sarah’s beads, a Winter Seascape. The clay body she used was a warm peachy tan and it peeked through the dark blue glaze she’d applied. Two of the vintage beads were an iridescent navy with the same yellow overtones seen in Kandinsky‘s work. Two more vintage beads, in teal, had a copper glaze on the ends. I put the bracelet together using bright copper wire, to enhance the peachy tans, and used part of a bright copper clasp to make Sarah’s ring component work as part of the clasp.

As always, I had a blast with the challenge.


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