Fellow Art Elements' team member Niky Sayers, hosted December's theme of the month. She chose 'dragons'. Immediately I was hooked and ready to start working on dragon themed pieces.I sorted through supplies I already had to see if there might be anything to use. The only thing I had were glass eyes.
I remembered seeing someone who had beaded a Dragon's eye brooch and posted to Facebook so I just had to try and create my own brooch. I am beyond thrilled at how it turned out. Especially since I beaded and ripped beads out, then beaded and ripped beads out numerous times. I got the beading around the glass eye done quickly-just some super duo beads at the sides then used some 11˚ beads to peyote stitch some eyelids. Once I got that far I just couldn't get the combo of beads or the color and size I liked until my 3rd or 4th try. I am finally pleased with the combo of matte & shiny- round , dagger, rizzo and magatama beads. It has a pin back which I forgot to photograph for you.
Once I realized I didn't have anything that I could use for the theme other than the glass eyes I perused etsy. Below is one of the cabochons I found. It is jasper that has been carved into a fabulous dragon.
While sifting through etsy for dragon related items, I also found this cute little connector (below) from Green Girl Studios. I wanted to make the dragon 'pop' so I tried colored pencils first which worked pretty good. Then I used water soluble oil pastels that look awesome but of course rubs off very easily. So I tried rubbing some Dorland's Wax Medium on top of the pastels (which rubbed off most of the pastel & pencil color) so I added more color on top of the wax medium. Once the wax medium dries/sets it is a pretty good sealer/protectant- will just have to wait & see how it holds up.
I paired the connector with Czech glass saturn shaped beads and a pre-made chain of sterling silver with 3mm faceted labradorite beads.
One item that was on my list to make: something that everyone needs--a magic wand. I had planned to make one with a dragon's claw at one end, holding a sphere. Then there are the dragon cabochons that fellow member Jenny Davies-Reazor makes-I NEED to have some of those to bead around! And fellow member Laney Mead creates lampwork dragon beads which I think I NEED also! I believe there will be several pieces of jewelry in the future with a 'Game of Thrones' feel to them. So many ideas....
With the new year and new plans for creative pursuits I am just hoping my hands can keep up with all the inspiration swirling in my head!
I can't wait to see what the other team members and our guests have created with this dragon theme.
Let's go blog hopping and find out.
Here are the participants: