Today I'm playing along with the Pretty Palettes inspiration on the Halcraft blog. Our inspiration this month is wabi-sabi. Here's the explanation from the blog post:
“Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered – and it reveres authenticity above all.” NobleHabor.com
Here are the beads that Erin Prais-Hintz chose for this challenge this month:
I love the colors and the mix of shapes and textures. I already had the agates and the mixed rings. And, I had some gears in my collections. I also had a large heart pendant that I made in a class I took recently from Jen Cushman at an Art is You retreat.
Here the heart pendant:
Here's my mixed media wabi-sabi necklace:
|Wabi-sabi Heart Necklace|
Here are some of the extras: I added some ceramic beads, made a copper hook clasp and cut strips of old denim jeans to add to the necklace. I pulled the threads on the edges of the denim and stamped them a bit for a little color.
I think I changed the order of the components five or six times, but it's easy to do when they're linked with jump rings. Right above the heart, I stacked and glued gears and beads. The resin on my heart was a little sticky on one side, so I sprinkled some embossing powder on it and melted it. I wasn't sure it would work, but it did! Now, I want to try embossing powder everywhere!
So, this piece is very experimental and sure to have its imperfections! I chose the denim from a pair of old jeans to represent the authenticity of old-fashioned hard work and the wear and tear of everyday life.
For more fascinating designs around this theme, head to the Halcraft Pretty Palettes Reveals - one and two!