Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different


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Create 5 Art Challenge — Day 1

Friend and artist Judi Martinez nominated me for the Create 5 Art Challenge. The idea is to produce a new piece of art each day for 5 days, posting it on FaceBook or your blog or website as you go.

Here’s one of the cute little fish she’s painting as part of her challenge. You can find her other Art Challenge pieces here.

Wili Wili in acrylics by Judith Martinez Acrylic ~ 6 in x 8 in

Judi isn’t too sure where all this started — but I need a push right now, so I accepted. It’s sort of like a chain letter, without the dire threats of damnation if you fail to pass it on.

Here’s today’s effort — Ball & Chain.

Okay. You don’t know it, but I started this piece about 2 years ago. Since then it has sat on the shelf above my computer. I’d occasionally look at it, I mean really look at it, and think, Well, it shouldn’t be too hard to finish. I should just do it. Then of course, I wouldn’t.

Today. I. Did. Finish. It.

Now that that’s out of the way, I need to fulfill the rest of the challenge — nominating another artist to join our creative march. Hmmm …

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Deck Your Neck

Here are several of the necklaces I’ve made recently. Three of them include repurposed pieces from older jewelry. It’s always fun finding ways to incorporate unwanted or abandoned bits into new work.


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How Long Did It Take?

How long did it take you to make that necklace?

That’s a question I’m often asked. And one I’m often at a loss to answer.

Take this piece, for example.  I found the carnelian beads and the large focal bead about three years ago in Arizona. Didn’t know what I would do with them but I loved the smooth feel and the deep rich colour.

Forward a year. I kept bringing out the beads, trying this, trying that, but nothing appealed to me. Skip ahead another year. Aha! Some gorgeous dyed freshwater pearls caught my eye in a bead store and I brought them home.

Late last summer I made wrapped loops on several of the pearls, then strung them and the carnelian beads on 20 gauge wire. Lookin’ good. Now what? I tried several ideas but got stuck. Again.

Now we’re back in real time, early September of this year. I had a big show coming up and I wanted a stand-out piece. I pulled out some gold chain and arranged it around the centrepiece. Whoo-hoo! I’d finally found the design I was looking for.

The design and colour also appealed to a young woman at the show. She approached me early in the evening and asked about the piece, wondering what story lay behind it. I explained how it came to be. She thanked me and walked away. Over the next few hours I saw her walk by several times but she didn’t stop. Others expressed interest but the necklace remained unsold.

Toward the end of the evening the young woman who had asked about the backstory returned. Within moments she bought the necklace. I was delighted it was going to someone who was obviously enthralled with her purchase.

So, how long did it take me to make this piece?

It took as long as it took. 😉