Thursday, July 31, 2014

Operation Tackle That Bead Stash Challenge 7-31-14

 After much thought I decided that I would use Fractal Art as my inspiration for my piece of jewelry.  Below is some information about what Fractal Art is, I gleaned some of this info from Wikipedia. I was first introduced to fractals in college and thought they were very cool! :) Hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoyed creating with this idea in mind...:)
Fractal Art*
Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art developed from the mid-1980s onwards. It is a genre of computer art and digital art which are part of new media art. The Julia set and Mandelbrot sets can be considered as icons of fractal art.
Fractals are any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size.
Many fractal images are admired because of their perceived harmony. This is typically achieved by the patterns which emerge from the balance of order and chaos. Similar qualities have been described in Chinese painting and miniature trees and rockeries.
A sample of a Fractal Art piece generated in Apoptosis (which is a computer program that is used to create pieces of art). 

And here is what I used to create my necklace and earring. I found these lovely dark Lapis blue glass pearls in several sizes and paired them with some gold plated textured leaves. I made sections of the different sizes of pearls using 20 gauge wire and joined them with jump rings and dangled the leaves from smaller jump rings in between the sections.

I was please with how it turned out...:)

2" earrings

The results! :)
What do you think?

*Facts obtained from  Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael's Blog Hop Revel 7-16

Thanks Heather (Humblebeads) & Lorelei Eurto of Lorelei's Blog for hosting this blog was certainly a 'challenge'! :)
This was a really a struggle for me, both in designing the piece I made and setting up the blog! Had no end of trouble with both...especially the computer...silly machines...but did finish both in the end. :)
I wasn't sure about the colors of the different beads, especially the 'blue' table cut beads, as I'm partially color blind and they just didn't look 'right' with all the other beads...but did incorporate them into the a way that I thought was pleasing. Hope you all think so too! :) So without further is what I did...

The finished piece with what I had left over
Here is a close up of the earrings
Also having some trouble with getting the text and pictures where I want you can see!!
A close up of how I used the brown flower beads as my focal

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