Tuesday, May 28, 2013

BBA Monthly Challenge :: May Flowers

This month Sharla of the Beaded Tail has challenged the BBA team to "create something with flowers and let your imagination bloom!"

I confess that this Spring has been start and stop. One day it is miserably cold, and a few days later it feels like July. I think my flowers in the yard are equally confused! Their blooms open up to the spring rains, and the hot days wilt them. 

This year I've been feeling like the colors are washed out, and decided to do a piece in muted colors. I took inspiration from my yard. 

I've been wanting to use some new beads that most people call "dragon scales." If you line them all up in a row they do look a bit like scales. If you click on the link you'll see an example of a bracelet made this way. 

But I wanted to try something different. I did a double cross over which created a cluster that locks in place, which I think resembles a lotus flower. I also used a few faceted yellow glass beads from Znetshows. I like how the white makes the pale yellow stand out like my flowering dogwood or my double bloom daffodils. I do like how this pattern turned out. I just might have to try it in other colors!

18 comments:

Claudia Aguilar said...

What a gorgeous bracelet! I am loving the colors and the pretty flower pattern.

Miss Val's Creations said...

This is so pretty Cynthia. It has quite an elegant feel. The weather has been so confusing! I will finally be painting my toenails tonight with talk of a possible heat wave coming this week! I turned the heat on in my house over the weekend. So unnatural!!!

Christine Altmiller said...

oh yes! DO try it in other colors! The design is wonderful! And the colors are so quiet and very lovely.

Duni said...

I LOVE the way you made little flower clusters. So very pretty!! Love your take on this month's challenge :)
It's been the coldest in 40 years over here this spring...

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

This is beautiful! Perfect for adding a bit of glitz.

BeadedTail said...

I love how the flower clusters came out! It's beautiful! It's 60s and rainy here after being hot and 80s a few weeks ago but will be sunny and 75 by the weekend. Yay!

Memories for Life said...

Very cool! These really do look like lotus flowers :)

Marcela Gmd said...

Amazing bracelet!!!
Have a good week, dear!! and my g+ for your post!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lovely bracelet to cheer us up from this back and forth weather!

Magic Love Crow said...

So soft and pretty! We are suppose to be getting hotter tomorrow!

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful Cynthia, you are so talented and creative the clusters do look like lotus flowers. I would love to see one with several different color flowers, like a beautiful flower garden.
Therese

Patti Van said...

I agree---this has been the weirdest Spring! Your bracelet is stunning! I love that soft yellow!!

Cindy said...

Cynthia, we've had the same strange weather here too. Who knows what to expect tomorrow!
Your lotus-flower inspired bracelet is beautiful!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful bracelet!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

That is a really lovely bracelet -- I like the muted colors. I definitely like your lotus blossoms better than dragon scales! :)

storybeader said...

the bracelet is so sweet! It does look like lotus! {:-D

Judy Nolan said...

Beautiful, classy bracelet!

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