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Peacock Pennies

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 by in Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge, Necklaces, Polymer Clay, Swellegant | 2 comments


This month’s Art Bead Scene Challenge, “Black Peacocks and Japanese Persimmons,” by Jessie Arms Botke (1940) was quite the inspiration for me. I spent one Saturday early in the month making fairly realistic-looking peacock pendants … before I realized that technical difficulties were going to get in the way of incorporating them into any design.  Oops! I’m obviously no mechanical engineer.

I stumbled upon these new components, which I’m calling “peacock pennies,” almost by accident.  They were the happy outcome of some absent minded polymer clay “doodling,” Swellegant’s Tiffany green patina, and an open mind.

This necklace features a little cluster of three twisty peacock pennies in brass with highlights of blue, green and teal.  I wire-wrapped this cluster of pennies to some clear glass faceted Picasso beads with a blue finish.  The 16 inch necklace hangs on a doubled-up length of delicate gold chain.  The dangle cluster and their movements remind me of the soft fan of feathers in the painting and the hint-of-blue Picasso beads reference the blue “heart” of each.

This is the third in my series of designs incorporating these peacock pennies.  I also used them in two pairs of earrings, “Pride” and “Feather Bright.”  What can I say? I made lots.  This is my first submission to the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge, but certainly not my last.  I eagerly await what February’s challenge will bring.

ABS jan

Keep Smiling,


  1. I love your peacock coins and all three of your creations with them. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing how people work, their inspiration and the finished product!

  2. I love your Peacock Pennies! If you create with an open mind even mistakes can take you to magical places!

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