Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Inspired by Reading" Book Club, August 2015

"Inspired by Reading" is a book club established by artist Andrew Thornton. Members read the month's selection, chosen by Andrew, then create something inspired by the book.
August's Selection: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Publisher's description:

"The circus arrives without warning. No annoucements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rê
ves, and it is open only at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the loves of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance."

If Le Cirque des Rêves ever comes to Rochester, NY, I will be waiting at the gates at dusk, wearing my brightest crimson scarf (note my avatar). I especially love the idea of the Ice Garden, so that is my inspiration for this bracelet:

I used silver-tipped matte crystal cathedral beads, opal glass bell flowers, Swarovski Comet Argent bicones, and a floral toggle clasp from Green Girl Studios. The focal bead is a faux cinnabar bead, which I treated with embossing powders, glitter and lacquer.

I really enjoyed this charming story; I'll be reminded of it whenever I wear my bracelet!

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  1. Gorgeous representation of the Ice Garden tent! I love how you altered the focal till it was just right for the piece. Lovely work.

  2. It looks like several folks were drawn to the ice garden as a theme! This really a cool bracelet.

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  4. I love those opal glass bell flowers (a color I don't have... that may be a sign of the apocalypse!) They are so perfect for the ice garden. Your bracelet looks like it will be fun to wear with lots of movement.

  5. Your bracelet is so pretty! It absolutely looks like the Ice Garden. Plus, it's just something I would love if I saw it because it's lovely and has lots of interesting things going on!

  6. What crystalline perfection! I love your interpretation of the Ice Garden into the bracelet! It looks so delicate and lovely! Great job. Thank you so much for participating! (If the Night Circus ever comes to PA, I'll be waiting with my scarf too! Hopefully it's on a good night and there aren't any horrible accidents.)