Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Inspired by Reading April Blog Hop...
My piece is a little rougher than I would have liked, but I do like some of the concepts behind the piece. I did a photo transfer of an etching mentioned in the book (actually the inspiration for the title of the book) onto polymer clay panels. The panels form the focal of the necklace. Flanking the focal, I had two French coins that were turned into supporting charms. I added milagros that were symbolic of themes and imagery from the book. I wanted to add a pop of color with the Chinese crystal rondelles. The author mentions a movie called The Red Balloon and I wanted to reference that. The bronze chain is pulled together with a copper toggle clasp.
Some of our locals who intended on coming to the book club were out of town or couldn't make it. However, Laurel Ross and Terri Greenawalt came! Terri actually came from another state and drove over two hours! For the meet up, I made some beef bourguignon and an apple and apricot puree puff pastry tart. We had some wine and Laurel brought some champagne! It was a really fun time and I am so glad that we could get together to discuss the book and our creations... and a lot of other stuff.
Here is Terri's piece! Isn't it amazing! I love all the textures and how she's managed to capture an eclectic spirit. It's so rich! I know that the gears were meant to symbolize the working gears within the French windmills... they also gave the piece a contemporary, Steampunk flavor. Isn't it beautiful?!
This is Laurel's piece! She combined the bright red with the black lace to create a really sexy and sensual piece. The necklace has an interesting mix of fibers and chain. The bold focal really makes the piece POP! Didn't she do an awesome job making this piece?
Want to see what others were inspired to make? (This is just the first wave of submissions!)
There are more submissions to come!