Friday, May 4, 2012

Madame Butterfly

A few weeks ago, I bought some miniature cookie cutters in the shapes of butterflies. As soon as I got home, I used one of them to make a couple of bronze clay butterflies. The first one I added to the necklace I made for Marcie, shown in my previous post. The second one, well, was used here. I have always loved butterflies. When I was 5 or 6, I didn't want to be a fairy, princess or ballerina, but rather, I wanted to be a butterfly. I would put my Mom's long lacy petticoat on, and hold one of her colourful silk scarves, flap my arms around and pretend to be a butterfly. Anyhow, I decided to make a necklace with a butterfly theme. I painted the lady's face on washi paper on a polymer clay base, and covered it with resin. The lace motif was white originally, and I dyed it manually to match the cabochon. Am quite happy with how this turns out. Interestingly, when I showed the necklace to my husband, he said that the bronze butterfly looked just like one of those butterfly shurikens that a Ninja would use. Guess men and women do look at things differently, LOL. The picture below shows the back of the necklace - I used ribbon in matching colour to finish it off.
Hope you like the piece. Please click on the photos if you'd like a larger view.

35 comments:

  1. WAUUUU,VERY BEAUTIFULL!!!!VERY NICE!BRAVO!!

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  2. Thank you very much, monybijou. Much appreciated. :)

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  3. Hello,Caroline:-)
    I can only say: OMG!What the embellishment!!
    What the colors! :-)
    This is the real Masterpiece!
    Fabulous and breathtaking necklace.It is also astounding,how fast they appear.You are a very skilled and talented Person.There are so many distinguish details,that I would probably make such an art-piece for the whole year,as it always seems to me,that all these I make,appear so slowly and sometimes I feel tired,impatient and even annoyed at the end of the piece.My husband says,that each time I start a new project I overcome the phases:
    excitation,enchantment,boredom,annoyance and at the end - relief:-))
    In case of Your design-I can only imagine,how strenuous that work must have been.
    Fantastic Necklace!
    Warm Greetings,from very warm Sweden-
    -Halinka-

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  4. Very elegant necklace!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!

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  5. Hello dear Caroline,
    The cabochon itself is already a successful work of art. In combination with the beautiful butterfly, the delicate lace and ribbons,this necklace forms a new masterpiece, that has no equal. Enchanting, delicate and with lots of lovely details!
    With my best wishes and greetings for you, from Lower-Austria:
    Uli

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  6. It is a spectacular and beautiful beadwork!!!
    Congratulations!!!
    Happy weekend!!!
    Lyra

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  7. Una creaciòn preciosa, maravilloso trabajo....

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  8. Beautifull!!You are very good!!

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  9. Ah, thank you all lovely ladies! :) Your positive comments mean a lot to me. And thank you, Halinka, for sharing a little of your creative process with me. Like you, I do get impatient and bored sometimes with the more complex pieces. I have to discipline myself to sit down and work on them, and I do feel relieved when they're finished. The end results, I think, are well worth the effort. Anyhow, thanks again! :)

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  10. Spectacular! Isn't it amazing how one small component like your butterfly can spawn a gorgeous, large creation!

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  11. You're absolutely right, Bobbie, big ideas often stem from small components, be it a bead, a small gemstone cab, an unusual finding or even a button. That's part of the fun of beading, isn't it. I'm often curious as to what inspire people's creations. Thanks for your comments. :)

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  12. Un trabajo fantastico, maravilloso!!!
    Me encanta todo lo que haces!!!
    Felicidades!!!
    Hasta pronto

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  13. Caroline, what a beautiful piece! I love the bronze clay butterfly -- it's adorable. :)

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  14. Hello Caroline, thank you for sharing your inspiration story. Your waving a colourful scarf around brought a smile to my face. This necklace is very, very beautiful, so feminine and delicate. Your talent in creating the different elements in this necklace makes it definitely unique, a joy for us to view, and to sit in awe. Lovely, just lovely.
    Cheers....Patrick

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  15. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me such lovely comments, ladies and gent. :) Much appreciated.

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  16. Very elegant necklace!!! I love it!! Bravo:-)
    Ciao from Italy
    Susy

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  17. A stunning necklace I love inspirtaion that comes with findng just one small thing and butterflies are so beautiful!
    I have a Give Away on my blog I welcome you to pop along and take a look.
    Jackie

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  18. Thanks for your great comments, Susy, Joanna and Jackie. I'm pleased to know that you like the necklace. Much appreciated. :)

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  19. Your blog and your art art simply wonderful.
    I do like your style very much.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  20. Thank you for your kind words, Nicole. :) I just visited your blog and saw that you love Japan, and skulls - I do too! Glad you like my creations and thanks for following my blog. :)

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  21. amazing form, something beautiful:-))

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  22. Thank you, Hannah. I'm a fan of your work. I like your style very much, and your colour sense is superb. Getting such a lovely comment from you means a lot to me!

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  23. Beautifully stitched and designed. A feast for the soul :)
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  24. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment, MoonRae and Eva Maria. Much appreciated. :)

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  25. Hi Caroline, I love your work and I wonder: Do you make your own resin cabochons?

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  26. Thank you, Karla. Yes I make my own resin coated cabs. I often start a project by making the cab first, then work the design and colours around it. I love to draw and paint, and making these hand painted cabs satisfy that part of my creativity. Thanks again for your comment!

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  27. Caroline you are so gifted and very talented. I am so in love with many pueces that I have come across. The pieces that stood out to me were #23, #32, #34, #6....would you consider contacting me to dicuss a design for me. My contact email in chantel.c.snyder@gmail.com so looking forward to connecting with you! Keep doing what you are doing because it is nothing that I have seen in all my life! :* ....Chantel

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  28. Absolutely stunning work. I am so glad I found your wonderful blog! Can't wait to read more of your posts

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