I love the Art Bead Scene Blog's monthly challenges because they always pick such interesting topics for inspiration.  This month's inspiration is called Persia by George Barbier (1882 - 1932), and you can find more details here.

So beautiful and elegant, isn't it?  I was casting about for beads that would evoke the same feelings, and read the helpful inspiration blog post by Heather Powers on the ABS blog that used the following terms for the Art Deco era:  Jazz, Flappers, 1920s & 30s, Geometric Shapes, Strong Lines, Egyptian, African and Oriental themes, Butterflies, Tassels, Longer strands of beads, Layered necklaces & bracelets, Long, bold dangle earrings, Czech beads, Stones - real or faux:  jade, coral, onyx, mother of pearl, lapis, rock crystal, chrysoprase, carnelian, rubies, emeralds, smoky quartz, amozonite.  A HUGE help!

I love the ideas of tassels, geometric shapes, faux, and longer strands.  I pulled out these fantastic beads I won after entering the July ABS challenge from Lynda of Diva Designs

I had some glass AB finished beads and some seed beads that matched perfectly, and decided to see how I might add tassels to make it fun and flirty (that would be the definition of flapper, right?)

You can take a look at all entires here.  Enjoy!


  1. Wow! you have captured the picture, love what you have created. So different, so beautiful, so Persia, and so talented! Congratulations.

  2. I am a sucker for tassels. Love the necklace and the color combo. I think you captured it.


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