Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ABS December 2011 Challenge

ABS December 2011 Challenge by Klassy Joolz
ABS December 2011 Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.

This months Challenge is The Chrysler Building - NYC Skyscraper -
by William Van Alen architect, at New York, New York, 1928 to 1930

 I found this picture when looking up the Chrysler Building history and thought this outside structure was so amazing.  The picture to the right is an inside elevator picture and equally amazing.  So from these pictures I created  the pendant above as my entry for this month.   I love metallics and these Artisan Lampwork beads by Mandrel on Etsy are a perfect fit for this months theme.

•The Chrysler Building is considered by many tall building fans to be the world's quintessential skyscraper design.
•At its completion the Chrysler Building overtook the Tour Eiffel as the world's tallest man-made structure.
•Groundbreaking was on September 19, 1928, and opening ceremonies were on May 28, 1930.
•Chrysler asked the architect for a world's tallest building. To beat competitors who were trying the same feat, William van Alen designed a 56 meter (185 foot) spire which was secretly delivered to the site in sections, assembled inside the elevator shaft, and raised to the top in 90 minutes.
•A particularly beautiful example of the Art Deco style, the lobby of the Chrysler Building is clad in different marbles, onyx and amber.
•This was one of the first large buildings with extensive metalwork on the facade.
•The ornaments on the shaft and setbacks allude in different ways to the automobile, with metal hubcaps, gargoyles in the form of radiator caps, car fenders, and hood ornaments.
•The eagles which adorn the tower and brightwork above the 61st floor are made of corrosion-resistant Nirosta, an alloy of chrome-nickel steel which was developed by Krupp of Germany.
•The interior is decorated with Egyptian motifs and an Edward Trumbull ceiling fresco titled "Transport and Human Endeavor" that depicts buildings, airplanes, and scenes from the Chrysler assembly line.
•The building has a total of 3,862 windows.
•20,961 tons of structural steel, 391,881 rivets, and 3,826,000 bricks were used to assemble the building.

So with all that....I loved this months Challenge!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November ABS Challenge

November ABS Challenge by Klassy Joolz
November ABS Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.

My entry for the Art Bead Scene this month is this bracelet in creams, gold, bronze and brass with a tiny hint of green.   This lovely painting is just beautiful and I drew from it's feminine, floral and soft color palette. The Artisan Lampwork Beads are made by Catalina Glass.  The bracelet is wire wrapped in bronze wire and accented with natural brass and Vintja Brass.

Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni
                                                                            by Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927)


Friday, October 14, 2011

ABS October Challenge

ABS October Challenge by Klassy Joolz
ABS October Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.
October ABS Challenge entry~~~~~

Leaf Pendant:

Artisan Lampwork Bead by LL Designs
Artisan Ceramic Leaf by Beads of Clay
Wire Wrapped in Copper with Copper Bail

These are pictures of baby hedgehogs that our pet hedgehog had a few years back...too cute!

My son had purchased a Hedgehog for his girl friend, but unknown to all of us was that it was a she and she was pregnant.  What a shock/surprise to one day look in the cage and there were all these cute little babies.  It was so amazing as they are such strange creatures...we were so lucky to have experienced this wonder of nature and been able to enjoy them. 

October Challenge Picture and Color Pallet

Thursday, September 22, 2011

ABS September Monthly Challenge

This is my interpretation of the Gee Bend Quilt and my submission to the September ABS Monthly Challenge~~~~

I used beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads from Mandrel on Etsy, a vintage copper button, unique copper chain, seed beads, Czech fire polished glass beads, a Czech Bellflower.  Added lovely colored silk ribbon to the button and a handmade copper clasp for the closure.

This challenge was a tough one for me and I really had to force myself to come up with a design~~~~Hope it worked???:>) 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

AUGUST 2011 ABS Challenge

AUGUST 2011 ABS Challenge by Klassy Joolz
Can you see the CYCLE?


August ABS Challenge

Necklace inspired by the art piece Illustration for American Crescent Cycles, 1899 by
Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell

This necklace is made with Artisan Lampwork Beads by Mandrel on Etsy.  I love her beads because of the unique quality of  them and the metallic glass that she uses.  So these beads were just perfect.  The focal flower bead and other accent lampwork beads with their cycles of silver flowing around them, as well as, just a hint of green in the clear encased beads are just so lovely.  The Natural Brass Pendant reminds me of the women's beautiful hair and dress, the brass Vintaj circles are the cycle's wheels, brass chain is the bike chain and the brass flowers are the floating field of flowers around the gorgeous picture...I hope my interpretation works~~~~~

I, also, used Swarovski Crytsals, freshwater pearls and necklace is wired wrapped in bronze and non-tarnish silver plated wire.

Monday, July 11, 2011

ABS July 2011 Challenge

ABS July 2011 Challenge by Klassy Joolz
ABS July 2011 Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.

ABS July 2011 Challenge painting "Morning in the Garden at Vaucresson", by Edouard Vuillard 1923 reworked 1938. 

These beautiful lampwork beads were made by Lori Peterson:  I love the gorgeous colors in Vuillard's painting and so they were perfect for me.  The riot of colors are my colors (!!!) and I had had these beads in my stash for a while.  I'm sorry that my pictures are not the best this time (what is up with my camera?)...just couldn't get a good picture to do justice to these fabulous beads.  They are soooo beautiful in person!

I added Swarovski Crystals, Vintaj Brass, an awesome box clasp that had been saving for these beads, and wire wrapped the bracelet in Sterling Silver.  I'm afraid I will be keeping this bracelet for myself...don't want to part with it...I'm being bad!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

ABS June 2011 Challenge Ophelia collage

This necklace was inspired by "Art Bead Scene" monthly challenge...Ophelia by artist Odilon Redon.

Boro Artisan Lampwork Beads by Two Sister on Etsy, Brass Vintage Stamping was hand antiqued by me and necklace is wire wrapped in bronze wire.

"My hearts broken and I can't find my way."


Saturday, May 21, 2011

ABS May 2011 Challenge

ABS May 2011 Challenge by Klassy Joolz

ABS May 2011 Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr

This is my interpretation of this beautiful painting with its wonderfully soft feminine feeling...the colors are so pure.

The bracelet is made with Artisan Lampwork Beads by Glitzy Glass, Czech Glass, Freshwater Pearls, Crystals and Sterling Silver.

 Oil Painting Cache-cache (Hide-and-Seek), 1873

by Berthe Morisot

Saturday, April 23, 2011


ABS APRIL 2011 CHALLENGE by Klassy Joolz

ABS APRIL 2011 CHALLENGE, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.
This is my April ABS challenge entry .
This month's challenge painting is "Finches and Bamboo " by Emperor Huizong

I used a copper etched and oxidized "Love Birds" (Finches) pendant made by Higher Chakra Supply (Etsy), a beautiful greenish metallic artisan lampwork bead created by Mandrel (Etsy) and combined them with white freshwater pearls, green keishe pearls, a copper chain and finished the necklace of with a floral copper clasp.

What a pleasant painting and I loved the Finches...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

ABS - FEB 2011

ABS - FEB 2011
Originally uploaded by Klassy Joolz
My entry for ABS

Created for the February ABS Challenge, and based upon the painting by John Singer Seargent work "Canation, Lily, Lily Rose".   The painting has such a soft beautiful feeling to it.  I tried to capture that in my necklace.  I hope I did???

The necklace is made with a Artisan Raku Flowered Ceramic Pendant by:, Artisan Lampwork Beads, Freshwater Pearls, Czech Bell Flowers, Swarovski Crystals and a Sterling Silver Flowered S Clasp.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I was featured in "Southwest at it's Best" on Art Fire

Featured in ArtFire Collection