Art Elements Challenge
I began following the Art Elements blog a few months back. The blog is maintained by a number of artists sharing their various talents. Drawing, painting, clay, beads, jewelry, fiber arts – it runs the gamut. It’s a good place to visit when seeking inspiration.
The artists do a monthly challenge, and anyone can participate. This month’s Art Elements challenge is octopuses. Ordinarily, I would have been stumped, but I happened to have a resin cabochon featuring an octopus that I picked up on sale (along with some others). If I recall correctly, the octopus cab was a dollar. I wasn’t certain what I was going to do with it, but it tickled me. Then the octopus challenge was announced. Happy day!
Wire-Wrapped Octopus Cabochon
The first decision was which wire weave pattern to use. I chose the one commonly known as “wheat” hoping it might resemble seaweed. The foundation wire is 20 gauge stainless steel. I love stainless steel for its color and the fact that it doesn’t tarnish. The weaving wire is 28 gauge jeweler’s brass. It is tarnish resistant.
I approached the weave differently than I have in the past. Rather than weave one long set of wires, I used two shorter sets. This gave me the opportunity to create and use two bails. The two beads on each end are gold-filled.
I kept the necklace design really simple so as not to take away from the focal piece. The necklace is composed of black glass beads and brass beads in an alternating pattern. The bead covers and jump rings are gold-filled. I used a magnetic clasp. (I always use magnetic clasps on necklaces.)
I really enjoyed these art challenges. They push me to try something new by setting a theme. This is my 3rd challenge. And it is wonderful to see how everyone else interprets the theme in their respective art forms.