Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Art Elements' April Component of the Month

Ocean Waves Necklace

Hello and welcome to my entry for April's Art Elements Design ChallengeArt Elements, a blog celebrating creativity and art expressed in craft form, host monthly design challenges.  I had the privilege of being chosen to receive one of  the lampwork glass beads made by Jen Cameron
When creating these beautiful beads, Jen said that first she was thinking of the Northern Lights for her inspiration.  As time went on, however, she noted that the beads had more of an ocean feel.  She textured the outside of the bead with swirls.  How she achieved her technique is described here.

The bead I received has more of an ocean feel.

Close Up of Jen Cameron's Lampwork Bead
In deciding how to design using this bead, I started by choosing sterling silver wire.  I thought the silver would be a good choice to contrast the dark blue and could also pull out the sandy brown and white in the bead.  Silver also reflects the way sun sparkles off the water.

To echo the ocean feel and the swirls on the bead, I made a large swirl clasp and figure eight links for a touch of some bubbles. 

I chose bronze faceted Czech glass, dark blue crystal and champagne, mercury finished Czech glass beads to pull out the colors in the focal bead.

Vintage "Sandy" Beads
In digging around in my stash I found these vintage Italian(?) lamp work beads that seem to have a sandy, beach like feel to them.  I gave the larger ones some swirls to set them apart a bit.

I love how the silver, crystal and bronze beads subtly sparkle in this necklace and I'm also very glad
to have more of the vintage beads so I could make a pair of earrings to coordinate with the necklace.
Sandy Beaches Earrings

Thank you for joining me here!  Be sure to stop by the other designer's posts to see their creations:

Guest Designers:
Sarajo Wentling
Deb Stewart (you are here!)

Art Elements Team:
Sue Kennedy
Laney Mead
Lesley Watt
Claire Fabian
Karen Totten
Cooky Schock
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Caroline Dewison
Cathy Spivey Mendola
Niky Sayers
Lindsay Starr
Jen Cameron


  1. Lovely design - very soothing and I love how your wire work echoes the swirls in the bead.

  2. Beautiful! I love your wire work, and the clasp at the front is inspired!

    1. Thank you Caroline, I do love making swirls! :)

  3. You did just lovely wirework on your links and clasp! You collected a gorgeous set of beads to complement the focal... especially those "sandy" ones!

    1. Thank you Sarajo. I think part of the fun of designing is digging through my stash to find complimentary beads.

  4. Beautiful collection of beads :D

  5. Hi Deb! Love your necklace, thanks so much for playing along with us!