In recent travels I came across a beautiful leaf that really captured my attention, it was from a merlot grapevine. I immediately wanted to make a jewelry design with a flowing grape cluster with a grape leaf or leaves. When I saw the copper maple leaf on the Artbeads.com website, I hoped I could make it look more merlot than maple. When I added copper curls and chain, and round amethyst and jade beads plus hand made lampwork beads from Artbeads.com for grapes. I made some other round beads from polymer clay to bring out the copper along with the greens and hues of purple. It took a while to structure the piece and I worked into the night, but I am very pleased with how it turned out.
– Submitted by Artbeads.com design partner Carmen Rose. Click here to see her blog post about this design.
Carmen has also submitted this design in the What Inspires You? design contest. First place in each category receives a $500 dollar gift certificate to shop at Artbeads.com. Second place gets a $250 gift certificate and third place gets a $100 gift certificate. Be sure to visit the design contest webpage for more detailed information on how you can enter your own work before Monday, November 22, 2010.