Here is the inspiration photo for this month - it's from the Guggenheim museum.
Honestly, I had some trouble with this one. The color scheme is very neutral: cream, caramel, black and silver. The shapes are circles, spirals and a spiderweb skylight at the top. After a couple of weeks of struggling with this, I came to the conclusion that it is the darkness and lack of non-neutral colors in the photo that was throwing me. I think I tend to respond more immediately to bright colors than I do to shapes or other elements. Every pair of earrings I made, I desperately wanted to throw in a turquoise or red bead LOL.
Then, I tried to do something with the spiderweb shape and I had a cool idea of taking white and brown hoops and weaving silver wire in between them all the way around to sort of attach them to each other and make them look kinda spiderwebby...but I just didn't have the time to devote to that much experimentation.
I ended up going very simple and sticking very closely to the color scheme and circle shape:
I tried to make up for the lack of color by going with some sparkle. The black rings are tagua nut and the center beads are black Czech glass with some...well...I call them "disco dots", but they kind of look like oil on water with some metallic silver in them.
In keeping with the color scheme, I grabbed these cream-colored shell rings and "tiger" glass beads. I wanted to make a bead or another ring "spin" inside of the shell rings, but I didn't have any smaller rings the right size to fit. The tiger beads do spin, but I couldn't get a picture of that LOL! I added a couple of Bali silver daisy spacers to pick up the silver from the photo.
Then, I found these fun, spiral beads at Michael's and they fit perfectly within the shell rings and they totally spin.
They remind me of those old, spinning spiral designs that you would see in TV shows when a character was being hypnotized.
So, that's it for this month. I am definitely in need of a color fix - I think I'll go make another pair of these with some red spiral beads in the center LOL!