As a refresher, November's challenge was to make jewelry inspired by a recent trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art. (All sorts of pictures, and links, and an introduction to the challenge, can be found here.)
|Entrance to the BMA.|
...I really loved this challenge.
In fact, I had more ideas than I had time. There are quite a few more pieces I have in the works; we'll see when I get a chance to make them.
What I did make goes into two categories: jewelry inspired by the Antioch Mosaics, and jewelry inspired by the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The Antioch Mosaics
|Rodin's The Thinker, the guardian of the mosaics.|
First, I went through my stash and picked out beads that matched the color palette present in the photographs I took:
...And then, I got out some pendant making supplies! :)
I had purchased a few postcards while visiting the museum (multiples--one to keep, and one to cut up), and thought it would be fun to use them in this challenge. The above is one of the mosaic postcards, which I turned into this:
...Yep, that is an Antioch Mosaic pendant with matching earrings! It's coupled with pearl, glass, crystal, and labradorite.
I also made another pendant, which I turned into this necklace:
Wire-wrapped links of brass, pearl, citrine, and labradorite complete the design.
I also made one more set. While I didn't have any more handmade pendants, I did find some white howlite beads in my stash that I thought matched the antique aesthetic of the mosaics. And so, using many of the same materials, I made this:
Again, the necklace uses brass, pearl, crystal, citrine, and labradorite--and the aforementioned white howlite. After all, it wouldn't be one of my challenges if I didn't figure some way to make a tassel necklace. ;)
So! Those are the pieces that I made to go along with the Antioch Mosaics found at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Here are all of the pieces together:
And here are the two pendant necklaces, posing with the intact postcard... I think they do justice to the original source material, don't you agree? :)
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Next up, as you probably guessed: the pieces inspired by the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
As with the mosaics, I decided to use one of the postcards that I had purchased during my visit.
|Not the awesome Baptism of Christ window seen above, but very cool nonetheless.|
And in the same colors!
And, from that postcard, I made this!
...Yep, even with matching earrings.
The pendant is made from the vase's central design, at the center of the postcard. I decided to couple it black glass and aqua shell.
...And that's not all! As with the Antioch Mosaics, I also made a pendant with a brass backing. Using it, I made this second set:
This set is made with brass, turquoise, glass, citrine, and reconstituted stone. Oh, and of course, the pendant.
I think this set captures the beautiful play of color seen in the postcard, as well as the large window shown above. I love the combination of yellow and blue and iridescent black... and I was thrilled at the way the reconstituted stones have patterns reminiscent of the glass panels!
And, just for fun, here are the two necklaces with the source postcard:
Oh! And I also have one more piece in the works... Here's a sneak peak!
|Reconstituted stone paired with amber, hand knotted on silk.|
So, there you go! Those are the pieces that I made for this monthly challenge... As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed myself. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful evening, everyone!
(And please pardon any grammatical errors in this post... I just finished writing my 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month. I am triumphant, but my words are tired.)