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Insects-June Themed Challenge

May 28, 2017 , In: General

Today I have the pleasure of announcing our June theme challege!  The challenge is to create something (it could be beads, jewelry, art, etc…) inspired by the subject!  You may use any medium you’d like! 

Since spring has sprung, I decided to go with the theme of “insects” as there’s so much activity now that we have thawed out! 

Moths at the butterfly bush

Insects are pretty amazing creatures.  They play an important and complex role in the environment.  They act as pollinators, consume carrion, keep other pest populations in control and act as a food source for other animals.  And let’s face it, while some of them are pretty scary looking (spiders…Eeeeeee!) many of them just look really cool.  It’s hard to not be inspired by them! 

Cecropia moth caterpillars. Photo by Ashley Fly

You could even focus on just one part of an insects life cycle if you prefer.  Look at how amazing these cecropia moth caterpillars are!

Cecropia Moth. Photo by Ashley Fly

And then they turn into these beautiful moths! 

Giant leopard moth. Photo by Ashley Fly

Spiders, beetles, bees, hornets, leaf bugs, flies…  The list goes on and on.  Choose from ANY of them! 

Porcelain bumble guy by Diana Ptaszynski

You don’t have to make an accurate representation of your insect either.  For example, my whimsical porcelain bumble guy is clearly NOT a realistic bee but he’s inspired by one.  Go where your muse takes you!

Insect art beads on Etsy. Bee beads by NPKDesigns, cicada pendants by WhiteSwanStudio, beetle charms by ScorchedEarthOnEtsy.

And if you’d like to use art beads in your piece, there are plenty to choose from!  

Theme challenge details

  • You must have an active blog.
  • The goal of the challenge is to have fun! Try something different! Be inspired to make something that fits within this theme. 
  • You are free to use any artist bead/component in your design, from an AE team member, of your own creation or from another artisan bead maker you could even make something without beads!
  • Share/Reveal – The reveal will take place on June 29th!
  • If you would like to be included in the blog reveal on the 29th , please email me suburbangirlstudio @  yahoo. com (remove spaces). Emails need to be received by June 27th to be included, I look forward to seeing everyones designs!

*And a big thank you to Ashley Fly for providing us with some great photos!  If you’d like to see more of Ashley’s work, you can visit her website


Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
    • jewelsofsayuri
    • May 28, 2017

    Oh, I am interested, count me in. Will send you the link once the post is up

    • Kathy Lindemer
    • May 28, 2017

    Sounds like a wonderful challenge.

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