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Friday, July 27, 2012

My First ABS Challenge Entry!

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My first time participating in an ABS challenge! This is a bracelet based on the colours and motifs I observed in Picasso's "Two Acrobats with a dog". The soft Kumihimo cord is woven by me with Marsha Neal's soft 2mm silk cord from www.etsy.com/shop/MarshaNealStudio The bracelet features two lampwork beads by Australian artist Faye of www.etsy.com/shop/feyglass. I needed a button so I created one in polymer clay. I was aiming for a grouted tile look in the harlequin pattern. I felt the bracelet needed a bit of pink in honour of Picasso's Rose Period so I used pink niobium jump rings! 






Inspiration:  "Two Acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905 
Lampwork from feyglass
Lampwork by feyglass (love the unusual shapes)
My own polymer clay shank button with rose-tinted "grout" lines.

The kitty looks sad, so this bracelet is named  "I'm So Blue".

Yes, I know that's a dog in the painting, but Kramer (otherwise known as The Boss) was having none of that, so we will have a cat bead instead. Sorry, Pablo! Must keep on the good side of management! (Sorry for the crappy pics, just learning to work with a brand new camera.)

19 comments:

  1. I really like how you incorporated the colors of your polymer shank into the kimihimo braid. Isn't polymer the best medium ever?

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  2. Yes, indeed, JuLee! I used to just use it for doll faces/hands/feet years ago, never guessing what a clever copycat medium it could be! Since I discovered Polymer Clay Tutor I've been amazed by all the ways it can be used.

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  3. This would be such a fun bracelet to wear! It will bring a smile and a lot of joy to the lucky person who receives it. I really love how you brought the creamy tans and yellow-greens into your design and I'm totally in awe of that button!!!

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  4. Thank you for the compliment, Karin! I realized belatedly that I didn't even mention the 7000 Bracelets for Hope theme. Darn! I am definitely donating the bracelet but I'd like to make a couple more for them first. And congrats on being Featured Designer of the Week at ABS!

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  5. This looks great. I love it. Love the blog too. You are doing wonderful. I subscribed and joined. Cant wait to read up on everything. Take care and happy creating.

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  6. Blogging has already been a great learning experience and I'm looking forward to much more of the same. Thanks so much for your support, Kim!

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  7. Your bracelet looks great. The button is very impressive.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

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  9. What an impressive piece! Quite a splash for your debut into ABS Challenges! Your polymer clay piece is perfect, as are those lampwork beads, and you've tied everything together so well! I think this is a great entry!

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  10. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, Sharyl! As per my usual M.O., I needed to study ABS to death before I dared dip my toe in the water, but now I'm so glad I did. It was a wonderful experience for my first time participating in an online challenge.

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  11. Ooh very pretty! I always wait until the end to see what everyone else has made some don't end up thinking along the same thoughts. I made a harlequin cane with polymer. I liked the resulting beads but not so much for the 7000 bracelets... Anyway my point bein I love the way you used polymer and harlequin but in a beautiful mosaic - sweet! Ps I spent years watching ABS challenges before recently jumping in

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  12. I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one skulking around the Art Bead Scene LOL. I've been trying to take in all the pointers I could so as not to feel so foolish about showing my work online. The combination of the Picasso art and the charity aspect was just the ticket to get me off my keister, I guess. Thanks so much for the kind words, Emma!

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  13. So cool!! Love your interpretation on the inspiration!! Thanks for the blog visit and kind words. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. Same to you, Terri! I enjoyed the variety of your posts, and looking forward to seeing what you and Sarah come up with for Bead Soup at the end of the month.

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  15. You did a really wonderful job with this challenge!!

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  16. Thanks, Shelley, I'm hoping to have another go this month, but hopefully not so "last minute"!

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  17. Love the button that you made to complement the painting. So fun! And the Kumihimo cord is fantastic. A gorgeous bracelet all the way around.

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  18. Yes, I love weaving the silk cords, it is wonderful on so many levels. I finally learned how from a great tutorial at Polymer Clay Tutor. Thanks for dropping by, Cynthia!

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  19. Oh, my, that's a wonderful piece, Monique. Love the button - matching not only the cord (I am still trying to get my head wrapped around the Kumihimo), but the painting.

    Just beautiful, I love it!

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