Over the weekend I created a third mold for tribal mask pendants and proceeded to give the 3 different designs really stupid names. I'm so bad about naming things. My mind fixates on the most obvious physical characteristic, names it, and no attempt at being more eloquent or creative can replace that name in my mind. I even do it with people, and then I can never remember their real name. Ask my friend Pirate Guy or my neighbor, Walks-With-Sticks. I decided not to fight it this time, so the pendants are listed under the names Skinny Man, Mr. Whistles, and Grumpy Cat. I am so sophisticated.
Mr. Whistles is the new guy. I thought about calling him Mr. O-Face, but decided that's on the edge of inappropriate. But, then I mentioned it here anyway which kind of defeats the point. *Shrug*
|James Van Der Beek demonstrates the O-face, so that you don't have to google it.|
Hey, here's some random unsolicited advice: If you have ADD and you're writing a blog post, wait till the end to add your animated gif pictures or else you'll spend 75% of your writing time just watching James Van Der Beek make an O-face over and over and over.
Let's move on to that ABS entry, shall we?
My interpretation is a drawn reproduction pendant on shrink plastic, wrapped with steel wire and accented with beads of jasper, glass, and wood.
The plastic piece started 5" wide and shrunk to just under 2 1/2". While I worked on it, I was imagining it being more of a bib-style necklace than a pendant. I forgot how much it shrinks. But, once I added the wire wrapping I was pretty happy with it's size and shape. For the dangles I chose jasper beads that reminded me of the background of the painting and a metal leaf that I patinaed and bent to give it more movement and evoke thoughts of wind.
For the other details I made a length of beaded chain using handmade glass beads from India and some wooden spacers. On the other side I added a swirly link of hammered steel wire because I just can't seem to get enough of that stuff. The bronze chain holding it all together adds just a bit of a warm shade to the otherwise cool-colored piece.
Oh, and the clasp! I oxidized a huge lobster clasp and made it fasten in the front because that's how the cool kids are doing it now.
And I almost forgot to mention the headpins that I strung the Jasper on. I thought I had invented this faux-enameling technique, but then I saw a bunch of people on Etsy had also figured it out. Darn.
Check out other entries in the Art Bead Scene group on Flickr.