Saturday, January 7, 2017

Art Elements December Dragon Challenge

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.

I think I will be making more of these little brooches. As long as it doesn't take 4 tries to get them right it should be fun!

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.
It had a hole at the top to create a pendant so I stuck a bead in the hole then beaded all around the cabochon. This piece could have made a lovely LARGE necklace or I a beautiful bracelet but I wanted to do something a little different so I used this beaded piece to top a little wooden box which I painted/inked and glued some decorative paper inside.
So now I have a lovely little dragon box to store my dragon brooch in~

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.
This is a reversible necklace in my opinion because I absolutely love the back of the component with the Roald Dahl quote.
 This was such a fun theme for me. I had such grandiose plans at the start but the holidays always have a way of throwing me off track with creative projects. I think I will continue this dragon theme since I had such a long list of things I wanted to make and didn't have time.
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:
Guests
Shai Williams
Kathy Lindemer
Anita Rao
Kelly Rodgers
Tammy Adams

AJE Team
Susan
Jenny
Cathy
Jen
Niky
Diana
Laney
Caroline
Claire

                                                     

16 comments:

Anita said...

That brooch is gorgeous, Cathy -- the different beads work so well together! I like that you made a dragon box to store the dragon brooch. :)
Lovely harmonious greens in the necklace too.

Niky Sayers said...

I LOVE everything! Your brooch is fierce and beautifully designed, I adore the idea of bead work on top of a treasure box and yours is stunning and that necklace is just magical, the added colour is just perfect and I love the quote!!!!

Laney said...

I soooo need to come and stay with you for a month!! pick your brains with art projects and raid..ahem.. peruse your stash of beautiful pieces. Wow!! that brooch is awesome!! and I love the dragon necklace with the quote from Roald Dahl :)

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thank you Anita! I really loved this dragon theme;-)

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Niky, Thank you so much for choosing dragons as the theme. And thank you for the lovely comments! I am so excited about this I want to continue dragon themed jewelry for a while.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Laney, thank you! I would love to have you come play and collaborate. I would love to come visit your studio as well and raid your stash of beads!

Jenny said...

Oh heavens - that dragon eye broach. Holy Wow. I love the boxes - and the jasper dragon. I love seed bead work so much - and its isn't always someones wearable style. You have inspired me to branch more into sculptural pieces, not all wearable! Love it all - and you continue to raise the bar! Thank you!

Caroline said...

What stunning designs!!! The brooch is incredible, I love your beadwork, and the box & pendant.. all wow!!!

Tammy Adams said...

I don't know which adjective to use. Stunning. Gorgeous. Superb. Each piece is lovely. I think the brooch is my favorite. Such wonderful texture and detail.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thank you so very much Jenny! I just love being part of this group. And thank you for your friendship & inspiration:-)

Shaiha said...

Incredible work! I keep going back to look at the pics and really can't pick a favorite because they are all so wonderful.

Ann Schroeder said...

Wow, these are all really great pieces, such fun to see!

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Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thank you so much Caroline, Tammy, Shaiha and Ann!

Diana P. said...

Wow wow wow! You really outdid yourself on this challenge! I love everything but that eye piece...OMG! #blownaway

SueBeads said...

Wow, Cathy, you sure did have a good time with the challenge! I love that dragon eye piece, you did an awesome job! And the box is amazing! And the necklace!

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