Sonntag, 30. Juli 2017

"Time-worn" - Scarabs - Component of the month july (AE)

Scarabs... what a wonderful fitting component, like made only for me! (I guess there may be several people thinking that ;))

The component of the month was a lampwork bead made by Susan Kennedy (you can find her shop here and her blog here). Actually I cried out for this special scarab during a bead sale she had... and she send me this one for the component of the month challenge over at Art Elements! Thank you so much!

You can easily see why this bead was (in my mind) made only for me: Insect, rustic, turquoise, ancient looking, crusty, organic... and with a definitive tribal vibe.

This time I went again for an overall quite simple necklace shape but I wanted the scarab to be the focal piece while having an easy to wear necklace. I try to balance the jewelery I create. Here all the special details are in the single parts.

Being extravagant with the parts as well as the shape can be gorgeous (and I do and love that too) but it ends up in pieces for only few special occasions. I wanted something more suited to have the piece with you on (maybe nearly) every occasion - like your own little ancient amulet hidden in plain sight.

I combined the scarab with some rustic beautiful beads from Kimberly Rogers (numinosity) and some seaglass like beads from Julia Hay (yes, both some of my favorite lampwork artists ever), some matte greyish-lilac faceted beads (from The Curious Bead Shop) knotted with deep purple waxed linen with basic macrame and finished with oxidised brass fishbone chain (my all-time favorite chain - would it not be for the fact how much time and trouble it makes to create this finish).

Thank you so much Sue for my scarab (still convinced you made him only for me)! Now please have a look what the other participants made with their scarabs.


AE Team

Claire (you are here)


  1. Wow, Claire! I love what you made, that chain is so interesting and somehow fits right in with your specially made scarab! Thanks for joining in!

  2. I love the two sides to the necklace, the chain gives it a wonderful contrast. It's a lovely design!

  3. Stunning! I love the use of that fishbone chain. What a great necklace!!

  4. I love this. It looks like an ancient underwater eel. Fabulous.

  5. Oh wow!! you can see all the 'insectical' influences, LOVE LOVE LOVE that 'centipede' side that really works brilliantly with the bead itself :D

  6. Oh man! Love your piece! And that fish tail chain just really ties it all together. Excellent piece!

  7. Wow! Very cool and something I would definitely wear. The chain is perfect for that bead.

  8. Oh that is very cool looking with that fishbone chain! So many textures! Love it!

  9. Beautiful colour and texture detail in this piece and I love that fishbone chain...I'd wear it a lot!

  10. I love it Claire! I love how each component adds something new and ancient and symbolic to the entire piece. I would wear this necklace all the time!

  11. Such a beautiful collection of treasures, I really love your design!

  12. I always love the ease with which you combine disparate elements and create such an seemingly effortless unified whole. I love the glass - but have a question? The chain? That looks very insect-like? Millipede feet? Is it comfortable to wear? Because it LOOKS stunning.



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