Lindsay M Starr is a beadwork and mixed media artist currently based in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood in Alaska, and her school age and college years in Oregon. Lindsay has a great appreciation for history, science, and nature and is consistently inspired by insects, sea life, color, and the significance of beads and beadwork throughout human history. She spends her days beading, walking at the zoo, and practicing yoga. Lindsay loves to share her knowledge and passion for beads and beadwork to hobbyists of all skill levels.
Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month - August 2015
This month over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog, we got to play with one of Suburban Girl Diana's rustic stoneware coin pendants. You all know how much I love Diana's work!
As soon as I saw this picture, I thought Gee, those look familiar...don't I have one in my stash somewhere?
Sure enough, when I went digging, I was able to find this coin pendant, from a previous swap with Diana. I had a lot of fun pulling bits and pieces out of the stash to go with it...and came up with this:
Finding that sage-y green in my stash was a little bit difficult, but I wound up with some Czech glass, some powder glass from Ghana, and a large Coke bottle green donut. Black and white speckled powder glass and an antler bead (made by me!) helped to tie in the rustic coin.
As I was shifting things around on my tray, I stacked the two donuts on top of each other. I purposely kept the beadwork minimal over the stoneware coin, to show it off.
I wanted to use the black and white powder glass as a way to tie in the speckles in the stoneware, but by themselves it looked a little disjointed - more speckles were needed. So I alternated cream and spruce colored seed beads on the fringe loops with the speckled powder glass. I like how it ties everything together.
To keep the two donuts together, I started with a right angle weave ladder at the top, and a sling of beads around the bottom. The fringe is attached to the lower edge of the sling.
Here you can see the back side of the donut assembly. I used transparent gray pearl twin beads to make the back of the sling nice and sturdy.
A band of peyote around the center of the antler bead connects the donut assembly to a warped square bail. I love using warped squares as bails!
Here you can see the full necklace Sage Czech glass rounds in 4, 6, and 8mm frame a few more powder glass beads, pulling the fringe beads up into the necklace strap. I finished off the rear of the strap with opaque pearl turquoise seed beads, and one of my favorite sterling J-hook clasps.
Here's your beauty shot! I just love how everything perfectly contrasts and frames Diana's rustic stoneware coin! Now, I'm off to see what everyone else created this month...I hope you check them all out too!