Last October, I had a project in Step by Step Beads entitled "Pushing Up Daisies". It juxtaposed one of Joan Miller's beautiful skull beads with cheerful ceramic daisies that Melanie Brooks at Earthenwood Studio kindly made for me in custom colors. I really loved this combination, and I decided to re-visit the whole idea again this year.
Although the image of a skull and rose is a common dramatic theme, something about the combination of a skull with a sweet summer daisy is so incongruously light-hearted that it really appeals to me. This time, I used whimsical ceramic beads from Jennifer Heynen of Jangles and one of my own small skully charms to create the piece. An onyx rectangle pulls the focal together, which is then simply strung with yellow jade barrels. I like the contrast of the subdued, fine silver skull with the cute, floral element and the bright colors of the other beads.
So there you have it - a nice, non-traditional take on the season. Thanks for visiting!
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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