Art Jewelry Elements always comes up with fun challenges and this month’s headpins challenge is a doozy! Art headpins are fancy headpins, not just your run of the mill headpins, and are made with lampwork glass, polymer clay, ceramics or metal. They are often used in earrings but can also be used to make interesting pendants.
I have a few fancy headpins in my stash, but I rarely use them, so this was a good nudge to do so. I ended up making three pairs of earrings. I would have liked to make more things and possibly not earring things, but I’ve started a new job recently so my creative time is a bit shorter than usual.
The first pair uses some flower headpins I’ve had for a long, long time, maybe four years or more. In fact I’m not even sure who made them, although I know they were by an Australian lampworker who no longer makes beads. They’ve got a little lacy brass beadcap to hide the point where the glass and the wire stem meet, and I’ve just kept it simple, dangling from a brass cats-eye on brass wires.
The next pair features a striking pair of orange spikes by Pauline Delaney, a lampworker here in Melbourne. I’ve paired them with a Czech glass oval bead with an etched bird, and darkened copper earwires.
Finally, I recently purchased some headpins from Sue Kennedy and I picked out these ones to make earrings with today. I added some Czech glass in matching aqua hues, a tiny copper washer and wrapped the long headpin wire back around the top beads.
I’m inspired now, so expect some more art headpin designs from me soon! Thanks for the nudge AJE.
Others joining in this bloghop include:
Karin Grosset Grange
Cate van Alphen
Melissa Trudinger <– YOU ARE HERE!
AJE Team Members:
It’s a while since I did an Art Bead Scene monthly challenge piece. But this month’s inspiration artwork just happened to remind me of a pair of enameled charms I recently acquired from Cathleen Zaring (who was nice enough to make me a pair after I just missed out on a Facebook auction).
“Park Near Lu” By Paul Klee, 1938; Oil and coloured paste on paper on jute; original frame strips; 100 x 70 cm
The painting in question is by Paul Klee, one of the early 20th century expressionist painters, and is called Park by Lu. I love the sharp contrast between the bold black branches, and the surrounding colour. And Klimt is one of my favourite artists.
As I mentioned, the branches reminded me of a pair of charms I bought from Cathleen Zaring, with similarly bold black trees painted on them. I added a couple of Czech glass rondelles in colors that coordinated with the painting and hung them on oxidized sterling silver wires.
These are big earrings, but very light and they make quite a statement! Thank you for the inspiration Art Bead Scene!
I have to admit I’m a bit of an Olympics tragic. It’s one of the few sporting events that I will actually watch, I love the stories, the athletes and the lack of politics – so refreshing this year when there is so much politics happening all over the world!
Anyway, while I was watching the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics last weekend, I thought it might be fun to host a quick challenge to make something inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games.
Perhaps the Olympic rings inspire you. Or the flags and colours of each country.
Maybe it’s the grace of the athletes, be they gymnasts, swimmers, cyclists, runners or any number of others. Or the medals they win, in gold, silver or bronze.
Is it the ancient history that catches your fancy, perhaps? Olive wreaths were awarded to the athletes in Ancient Greece’s Olympic Games.
Or it could be the vibrance of Rio itself, the blue waters, white beaches, busy city and super colourful people!
So here’s the challenge. Sign up by leaving your name and blog address as a comment on this post (or use my email address—find it on the About page —if you have problems leaving a comment). Make a piece of jewellery inspired by the Olympic Games. Post it on your blog on Sunday 28th August, a week after the Games are over. Now go on. Get out there and start training for the Olympic Challenge!