Tuesday, 29 April 2014

April's Challenge from LiliKrist

As soon as I saw this painting posted by LiliKrist of Personal Collection by Li.K. for the April challenge, I loved it immediately and knew I wanted to join in. The colors and the composition are wonderful and really speak of Spring to me. I love that the subject matter is Mother Earth. Here's the painting:
"GAIA" by UK artist Edward Foster

I wanted to include all of the colors from the painting but also to reflect the painting style with circles and fine elements making up the whole (like  Georges Seurat's pointillism)
The natural and spiritual feeling is very strong in this painting but I didn't really know how to represent that in a piece of jewelry which  would still be in keeping with my own personal style.

Bracelet for Gaia 
I recently discovered these tiny, colored hematite beads in many gorgeous colors and have been using them in everything I make. I bought them at my absolute favorite bead store in Toronto , Hi Beads, on Queen St West at Augusta. I used blues, greens and matte copper beads lined up like the waves of tiny squares in the painting. I added antique copper chains and findings with my own handmade clasp. I was stumped with the warm golden orange color but after many trials decided that these agate chips and focal had just the right look and feel. The larger blue-green beads are Picasso finish Czech glass beads with more of the mini hematite spacers with a shiny copper finish in a hexagon shape.The multiple circles of the bracelet are a reflection of the circular shapes in the painting.Overall I think it has an elegant,earthy feel for Mother Earth.

Thank you LiliKrist , for hosting this challenge. It was great fun and I look forward to your choice of art for next month. Please go to her blog to see who else was inspired by this challenge and check out what they have created.


  1. Warm bracelet like the Mother Earth, Love it!!
    I wish there is a local owned bead store here in South Bend, Indiana. We only have Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Jo Ann. They have good selection but not quite close to unique :-D

  2. I agree with asri...very warm colors! Very mother earth! Love it. Excellent job!

  3. Nancy, it is a gorgeous bracelet. It is so balanced. Everything flows perfectly. These are my favourite colours too- the blue and the orange. And I love that you've made your own clasp.

  4. I love your layered bracelet design Nancy =) the colors combination so matching with the theme.


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