Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Firefly Artbeads

It has always interested me how you can hand people the same exact subject matter and they will all interpret it a different way. Our personal experiences shape how we interpret the world, and in turn gives us a unique style and vision. I live in Virginia, and in the summertime our woods are full of wonderful fireflies (or lightening bugs if you prefer).  They are such a big part of what makes Summer magical, that I wanted to create some beads to celebrate them. These are some of the designs I came up with:
I used gold leaf to make it seem as if they were shining. If you are looking for some, I have some available in my Etsy shop:

Here are some beautiful earrings that Loralee Kolton made with them. I love the wonderful attention to detail she has. The way she carries the gold from the fireflies throughout the entire design is really great.

I also follow the wonderfully talented Kylie Parry on facebook. She was also working on some really great firefly jars! They aren't available yet, but look out for them in her future shop updates!
Kylie Parry

I came across these awesome works of art by Diane Hawkey. Loralee Kolton was lucky enough to snag them at bead and button, and they are really wonderful!

Diane Hawkey

Thanks for checking out all of my finds. I would also LOVE to hear about more artists making fireflies, or firefly jewelry:) 

Ashley Bonney: Summer Wind


TesoriTrovati said...

Awesome awesome finds! We must all be on the hive-mind challenge I selected for the Earrings Everyday this month was fireflies! Loralee made those earrings to play along. I adore your beads and thanks for pointing out the others. Enjoy the day! Erin

Ashley said...

No way! I must have missed it!

Unknown said...

I sure miss seeing fireflies! I grew up with them but haven't seen one in over 20 years now. Loralee's designs are really wonderful.

Jan J. said...

I love every one of these! Those little firefly jars by Kylie Parry are so awesome! In my mind I have already designed jewelry around them.