Owl on Gingko Branch (Scops Owl Under Crescent Moon) 1915
Woodblock Print on Paper
(Please note this art is copyrighted and has been used only as inspiration.)
I also worked up some copper discs, embossed them with tree branch images and added a liver of sulfa patina. The discs were used throughout as connectors, bead caps and a toggle clasp.
The tree branch embossing on the discs inspired me to head back to the torch to create lampwork beads in the likeness of branches. These beads were fun to make because I didn't have to fuss over precision. I wanted them to have an organic, slightly wonky nature to them in order to mimic a tree branch.
I used a coated copper wire to connect all the beads. I wanted the wire to maintain its original, clean copper coloring to add another layer of design to the overall necklace.
I had fun with this necklace. I like that it's symmetrical yet not exactly the same on each side. I wanted to create a wearable piece of art that would keep you coming back to see what other beaded goodness you could discover.
If you're interested in purchasing this necklace you can find it in my Etsy shop.
You can see how other jewelry designers interpreted the inspiration photo at the ABS Flcker pool.
Since publishing this post I've written a post on how I came to design the focal beads I used in this challenge. You can view that post here.