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Art Bead Scene February Challenge - Luna Park by Vestie Davis

The February Art Bead Scene challenge is "Luna Park" by Vestie Davis. It's a really cute painting, with red and blue and hearts as the highlights. I created the bracelet below to enter into the challenge.
I made a three-strand bracelet with turquoise seed beads, sterling silver heart chain, and my own wire wrapped lampwork beads. It was challenging for me (you should have heard my language!!) connecting the heart chain and the seed bead layer, but it worked out, and one can actually wear the bracelet, too.
This is a closeup of the focal bead I made. I really like it. It's clear glass, with red endcaps, and I twisted a handmade twistie onto it, made of red, turquoise and clear. I really like how it turned out!
The other beads I made were pale aqua and red. The clasp is a heart toggle clasp, which also goes with the theme. Challenging myself to get this done, and using the idea that was in my head, was really good for me this week - after all these snow days and delays and endless snow, I needed a distraction!

Comments

This is beautiful! How absolutely perfect! Love that bead:)
The bracelet is gorgeous. I really love the focal bead.
Barbara Lewis said…
So much fun in 7.5 inches! How did you fit it all in there? Beautiful work, Sue!
mairedodd said…
this piece is awesome!! i love the focal you created - it's beautiful and perfectly suited... sure to be a designer of the week, i would think!
A really creative bracelet and your lampwork is definitely the star. Great job!
SummersStudio said…
Sue, this is gorgeous. Really picks up the carnival feel. Your long focals are beautiful.
Round Rabbit said…
Great job Sue! That focal bead is just yummy...
I haven't done an Art Bead Scene challenge in months - I need to get my act together! :)
stregata said…
Fantastic work, Sue. Gorgeous focal and lovely bracelet!
Janet said…
Awww if that dosent hit the Spot. That is exceedingly Beautiful Sue!!!

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