This month’s challenge over at Art Bead Scene is to create something inspired by this rather beautiful piece ‘The White Rose and the Red Rose’ 1902 by Margaret Macdonald.
Last week I was making lots of new molds so that I might reduce some of the Scrap Clay Mountains that seem to be taking over my workspace (anyone who works with polymer clay will know all about Scrap Clay Mountains!) and I made a rose, simply because they’re my absolute all-time favourite flowers. So when I saw this month’s challenge piece I was thrilled to be able to try out my new rose for the first time!
I gathered some gorgeous beads from my stash (all from the wonderful Smitten Beads and The Curious Bead Shop) including some stunning czech glass rondelles (which I’ve had for ages and couldn’t bear to part with until now) and some beautiful fresh water Keshi pearls. I found some (Smitten) recycled sari silk that was a perfect colour match for the inspiration, and I also used a couple of lovely Scottish agate facets which an antique collector friend of mine had in his bead stash…and a ‘Faded Rose’ Bracelet was born.