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When I first saw Ophelia, I was immediately attracted to the colors in the painting.
I knew that within the palette of colors,
I would find the passion that this painting inspired.
As you know,
I make lampwork glass beads.
That is my passion.
As you also know,
I am away from my home for about another month
that I cannot make lampwork beads now.
I have had to find other means of creative expression.
One of those means is
I love using homemade beads and components!
looking at the colors,
I began to make polymer clay beads using my favorite colors in the painting.
I made these beads for accent.
I made this bead to be a focal with a more modern interpretation of the use of colors in the painting.
I used the funky focal. Added glass pearls to go with the butter colored beads.
I even found some butter colored chain, which I loved!
I added some tin discs to contrast with the butter.
This was version 1 of Ophelia.
I took the pictures, and I even wore it.
I liked the look,
I didn't feel I captured the passion of the painting.
Back to square one.
I put the painting on my desk top;
I kept looking at it.
Then, it hit me!
There wasn't enough of the gravely, gray blue on the other edges of the photo.
Enter more polymer clay.
When I make lampwork beads,
my favorite beads to make are discs.
Gray blue gravely texture,
well, that didn't work exactly as I had hoped, but I did love the marbling in the discs.
Polymer clay is such a different medium,
but I am learning some of the basics.
Even though the color and texture weren't exactly what I had planned,
I do believe in creative accidents.
These discs were very much so the
I made some copper wire beads to capture the markings of the colorful orange flowers at Ophelia's neck.
Took apart Version 1 of Ophelia.
I added a second layer to the discs and beads that I made.
The butter colored chain, glass pearls, and the tin discs were included.
I'm happy to say,
I love Ophelia v 2.
So, tell me,
What do you think?