In Margo's class last summer, we made summer landscape beads with green fields and trees in leaf. For winter, I decided to try my hand at a snowy landscape, not that I'm going to be experiencing snow in Atlanta! I made a snowy scene by taping two rods of white and one of light grey together with masking tape. I used this as a single rod to lay down a large gather. Next to it, I laid a gather from a "rod" of lapis medium pastel, blue cobalt transparent and CIM leaky pen. This was my night sky. After shaping, I made a tab with parallel mashers. I added a moon with a dot of white, then shaped a winter tree using a stringer of pulled from brown, burnt sienna and intense black, loosely twisted together. To make the trunk gnarly, I heated a small area of the trunk and twisted with a clear stringer. As a final touch, I added a cubic zirconium to the reverse side of the bead to represent the evening star.
Here are a few of them: