The Swell-est designer in my Ornament Thursday group, Alexa, has decided to put together a separate Tuesday group for the month of October to celebrate her favorite holiday - Halloween. Yes! How could I resist joining? To celebrate Terrorific Tuesday this week, I put together this super-simple stringing project: Once in a Blue Moon.
Now I really love the popular combination of green and purple, but up until today it always reminded me of spring, when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love, etc. I thought it would be interesting to explore the darker side of this color combo - the gothic side of green and purple, so to speak. I rummaged around in my stash and came up with the perfect puce bead from Sarah Moran. It's one of her foil-dotty tab beads, and it reminded me strongly of an unblinking eye (an eye of newt, perhaps):
See? I then added one of my cobweb pendants for a little atmosphere. To finish the piece, I decided on very dark purple amethyst rounds with one large blue lucite bead to suggest the blue moon. The large toggle clasp has two pieces of blood red garnet in the bar. So there you have it - my version of gothic purple and green (okay, with a little blue and red thrown in for good measure).
I will post all of the lovely, dark, wonderful Terrorific Tuesday links on, well, Tuesday. If you would like to learn more about the project and join in the fun, please visit Alexa's blog. (Thanks, Alexa!)
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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