My friend was having a clear-out and kindly gave me a bag of mixed green and blue beads. I had forgotten how much I love this colour combination and decided to make an inspiration board from items around my studio.
The jewellery is from a collection dating from around the 1920's, of real butterfly wings mounted under crystal and set in silver. The wings are from the Blue Morpho - a very large butterfly that lives in tropical rainforests. Their vivid iridescent blue is breathtaking - I have been unable to resist collecting it whenever I can. There was a resurgence of butterfly wing jewellery in the 1950's but I think I prefer the style of the older stuff.
I now have a few ideas for a new piece of artwork using these wonderful colours - it might involve butterflies!