Today is the unveiling of a challenge put on by Barbara Lewis of Painting With Fire fame! Barbara wanted to encourage newbies and experienced torch enamelers alike to make some enamel beads, send them to a partner, then create a piece of jewelry with them -- similar to the Bead Soup Blog Party idea. I am very very very new to enameling so I cringed as I sent off beads to my poor partner, but was hugely pleased (and humbled) by the beads I received from Sarah Alford.
Aren't these amazing! I fell in love with the pendant, too -- nothing like I've ever seen before. And these are my colors, for certain!
Since the colors and style of the beads reminded me of vintage things (in particular vintage metal porch chairs with the filigree backs -- remember those?), I decided to raid my vintage lucite drawer. What to choose, what to choose......
Ah. Let's clash-ity crash-ity the color a wee bit.
The cast of characters:
* The lucite beads are 8mm peach moonglow from the '50s. Because they're moonglow lucite, they unfortunately liked the glow of the sun and look a bit more orange in the photo than they really are.
* A gorgeous lampwork bead by Jelveh Designs
* Four pretty little Thai Hill Tribe flower charms
* Two floral pewter beads by Tierracast
* And to finish it off, a Thai Hill Tribe flower clasp to mirror the flowers in the necklace.
Everything is wired together with 20ga sterling silver and 16ga sterling silver rings.
I also had some bead caps left over and made a couple of pairs of earrings.....
Both pairs of earrings were made with vintage lucite beads and the enameled bead caps.
There are a lot of skill levels on the Painting With Fire Ning , and if you're interested in torch enameling, that's the place to be! Tips, tricks, and lots of show-and-tell sessions make it a great community. Just click the link above to join!
Thanks, Barbara, for a great challenge!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.