Thursday, September 03, 2009

Polymer Bird-Head Challenge...

I've been meaning to post about this for awhile now, but have been out of commission. While in Philadelphia, I ran into Diana Ptaszynski of Vintage Blue Studio. It's always nice to see friends at the show! I remember when I first met Diana. I had a rather unfortunate experience of being almost knocked out, not once, but twice in the hot tub in the hotel room.

Anyway, while we were chatting, I was showing her some of my goodies from my personal traveling bead stash, when out came the polymer bird-head pendant from Heather Powers of Humble Beads. I picked up this little prize from Heather at the Bead & Button show. Diana commented on how she also had one of Heather's pendants. At that moment, we decided on a throw-down! Here's what I made:

I wanted to make something light, wearable, and played off the intense blues of the focal pendant. I used chalcedony, Peruvian opal, kyanite, fluorite, Swarovski Element Air Blue Opal bicones, and pieces from my family at Green Girl Studios. I quite like how it turned out!

13 comments:

Lorelei said...

Fantastic color combination! I saw some of these pendants of Heather's at Bead Fest, they are so bright and colorful in person!! Nice work Andrew! I love how you used the long pewter botanical connector too!

SummersStudio said...

These colours are so soft and a beautiful compliment to the pendant from Heather.

mairedodd said...

that is beautiful... the focal is so integrated into the whole, and while the necklace definitely has a 'theme', it has the overall effect of being gorgeously harmonious color-wise... mission accomplished!

TesoriTrovati said...

You really nailed it. Perfect choice of stones for that Humblebeads focal! Very soft and feminine and fluttery for a spring day. Thank you for your inspiration today.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Janet said...

Andrew it really draws you to it, its just perfect...I love it too! xox

Heather Powers said...

A humblebeads throw down, you crack me up. I love the necklace, such a beautiful collection of airy blues.

No Easy Beads said...

Andrew you sure know how to dress up a humblebead. Your design is gorgeous. Perfect combination of GGS beads and color.

Diana P said...

I will have mine posted this weekend. This week has been crazy and I havent had a chance to snap a good photo. I'll let you know when it's up! I had so much fun doing this!

Diana

Diana P said...

Ok, I got off my butt and posted it. I hope everyone enjoys it. Thanks again Andrew for getting me beading!

Diana

Marine said...

I am very impressioned of your nice masterpice. It is very beutifull, bright end expressive.

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

Beautiful piece!

jeweledrabbit said...

I like the way it turned out too. :o)

flowerweaver said...

The necklace is gorgeous! I love the combination of subtle hues and how your family's clasp works so fabulously with the bird head focal. I'll have to check your friend's blog to see what she did with it.