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Art Bead Scene has a monthly challenge based on a fine art painting.

This month’s painting is “The White Rose and the Red Rose” by Margaret Macdonald, a Scottish painter.

I was fascinated by the swirling lines representing roses in this painting. I kept flashing on a Pinterest pin I’d seen of a polymer clay cane that resembled Macdonald’s roses.

I found the cane and instructions to make it, which were in French. Between my high school French and Google translate, I figured it out.

I only make things I want to wear for this challenge, so made coral colored roses. I mixed some “opal secret sauce” into translucent clay and created the “rose” cane with white opaque clay for the “lines”. I diluted the leftover coral clay with more translucent to make the bead bases. I baked the beads and tumble-polished them with porcelain balls. As you can see, I strung them with pearls.

They look so much like salmon sushi that I had to call them Sushi Roses.

Here is the painting that fascinated me so:

The WhiteRose and the RedRose

You can see the challenge at


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