As we come to the close of the month, it’s time to share my calendar artwork and the subsequent jewelry it inspired. I’ve entitled it Butterfly Garden. Painted by Vikki Chu, April’s painting features a large butterfly set against horizontal rows of vines and flowers. It’s quite a graphic, linear piece.
As I spent time looking at the painting and thinking about the jewelry I’d design, I found myself wondering what it would be like to live in a butterfly’s garden.
If I lived in a butterfly garden How I could while away the hours Having tea among the flowers With stems as tall as towers Swirling and twirling with petals all around
If I lived in a butterfly garden T’would be a lovely thing Especially in the height of spring Anticipating joys the days will bring Twirling and whirling in a riot of color
If I lived in a butterfly garden I’d ride the wings of butterflies Soaring and racing up into the sky Slipping down to the earth with a sigh Whirling and curling in acrobat style
If I lived in a butterfly garden Questions a-plenty I’d ponder What makes a wing, a petal, a feather? Simple, small things fill the heart with wonder Then curling and unfurling my wings with a flourish
… I would fly away with them
I knew for the necklace that I wanted to use a butterfly piece from my collection and some large flowers.
I painted the flower petals with nailpolish to get an enamel finish. A cluster of flowers sit together, enhanced by aqua crystals to bring out the foliage colors in the painting. A butterfly flutters nearby and a silver floral clasp balances the asymmetrical design. I added in two glass aqua flowers head to head for a bit more color. I had initially designed the necklace as a choker with all the flowers in a row, but that looked to plain. So I rearranged the flowers and incorporated a floral branch to give some interest. Plus, the branch ties in with the painting quite nicely. It’s embellished with more aqua glass beads and a tiny butterfly painted and weathered with nail polish.
The earrings were quick and easy to make, using leftover glass beads to create dangles from which hangs a tiny butterfly. The ensemble is a personal butterfly garden to enjoy during spring.
Blessings to you,