June 30, 2015 Art Bead Scene June Challenge. Five Countries. Three Continents
The AJE Challenge post is just below this one.
Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) offered a wonderful leafy challenge this month. Click on the url to see this month’s challenge.
I used beads from five countries and three continents in my response to the challenge. UK, US, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Ghana. North America, Europe and Africa.
The focal beads were gifted to me by Petra of Scorched Earth (UK) with an order I placed with her. They started out as white porcelain. I painted them with black acrylic, then dry brushed them with interference violet and interference green. I used my embossing gun to cure the paint between colors. I have my embossing gun hanging from my gooseneck lamp so it is always at the ready.
I used two bright purple disks made from my opal polymer clay, one in each earring. One is much thinner than the other. (US)
The grape colored bead is lamp work by Yulia Hollund of Norway, gifted to me with an order of her beads.
I used amethyst beads and Czech beads in both earrings.
The right-hand earring has a green artisan bead from Ghana. The artisan used recycled glass and made the hole with a piece of straw, which burned away in the kiln.
I have been strongly drawn to asymmetrical earrings of late and this challenge gave me the chance to give myself the chance to let loose with asymmetry.