Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October Art Bead Scene Challenge Results

While I joyfully celebrate the three hours of daily work time I get when Sawyer is in school, I selfishly wish I had more time. It was partially because of this that I elected to stick with my original owl lampwork pendant to use in the necklace I designed for this challenge. I don't naturally excel at sculptural lampwork and, while I have been known to plug away and create some decent sculptural work, the pragmatist in my decided to let it go this time.

Art Bead Scene October 2013 Challenge

In case you missed my post announcing the challenge, here's the bead with the artwork.

Art Bead Scene October 2013 Challenge - Owl Lampwork Focal Bead

This is the bead with the inspiration artwork
Owl on Gingko Branch (Scops Owl Under Crescent Moon)
by Ohara Koson c. 1915.

Besides the time factor, I was also more excited by the challenge of the metal components I designed for this challenge. Each link a sort of metalwork art bead of its own right. I forged, filed, and textured all of the 14 gauge copper "branches," I hand-sawed and textured each of the eight small brass "ginkgo leaves" and soldered each onto a brass wire to serve as a "stem" that I used to attach the leaves to the branches. Small copper jump rings are soldered near the ends of the "branches" in order to connect the branches and provide flexibility and movement in the design.

Art Bead Scene October 2013 Challenge

The grey silk I use in the back of the necklace as a tie-closure is meant to mimic the grey sky in the inspiration art. Additionally, the silk is meant to embody the fluid and ethereal nature of the sky. This is echoed in the main body of the necklace with the grey lentil lampwork bead (also made by me) with the crescent moon, which is also seen in the art.

So, hopefully you weren't too put off by my lackadaisical effort at my lampwork owl. Do you think it looks like an owl? What do you think of the branches and leaves? IS the scale okay? In retrospect I wish the branches were bigger so they weren't so dwarfed by the owl. Do you like the colors? Do you like the use of silk? I can't wait to see what everyone else did for this challenge!

In parting, let me leave you with the conversation I had with Sawyer about this necklace:

"Hey honey, do you want to see what I'm working on?" He walked over to where I was working.

"Sure! But, what's that?" he asks as he looks at my focal bead.

"Here, let me show you the picture I was working from," I offered.

"ooh. An owl! Why doesn't yours look like an owl?"

I said, "It must be because it's a hot mess."

He carefully looked at the bead, then carefully reached over to touch it, and said, "No. It's cold. So, I guess it's a cold mess."

Art Bead Scene October 2013 Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fantastic your owl is so cute and I love the branches and the ginko leaves

  2. Thank you so much, Niky! I just couldn't wait to get the whole thing together to see how it'd look!

  3. That little man is a card! What a cutie! I love your owl, Miss Julie! I would not say that it is a hot mess! I think your branches and the gingkos, really the whole thing is marvelous. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world! Enjoy the day. Erin

    1. Aw. Thank you, Erin! I appreciate it so much!

      He is a funny little guy. I blame a lack in owl education for his inability to identify the bead :)

  4. Your piece is incredible! A perfect representation of the original artwork.

  5. Thank you so much, Bonnie! I appreciate you stopping by! I definitely interpret the challenge as creating something that an outside observer could say was inspired by this art and this art alone. - Julie

  6. I love your focal bead and your wire work! This is a wonderful necklace!