Here is my Bead Journal Project piece for June. (Yes, June. It hasn't been a very productive summer. Too hot and sticky.) I had intended something a little different, but I've been reading Sharon Kay Penman's Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, and this is what transpired . . . there was an awful lot of death in the Middle Ages. The butterfly represents, I think, the soul; and the bee has something to do with the old custom of telling the bees when someone in the house has died, so they won't swarm and leave the household. I had originally envisioned two roads meeting (Death at the crossroads?), but the eddying patterns I ended up with looked more like water. The Styx and the Lethe? Who knows? Mostly I deal in myth and allegory, and I don't always know why I make the things I do until they're done.
Specs: the usual ATC size, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". The face is by Sculpted Windows. The metal roses came from ArtChix; I've had these for several years, but they probably still carry them. They have a center hole so they can be sewn on, but I put a dot of Diamond Glaze underneath just in case, since they stick up. The silver butterfly came from AC Moore or Michaels, in a package of butterflies I bought to do something else, and I think I bought the bee at Chevron Trading Post, but I'm not sure (again, I've had it for a while). The beads, other than the flat black round ones, are all seed beads of some sort: matte black, silvered glass, and the ones that form the rivers are a mix of purple, dark green and gold. Unfortunately, my camera didn't pick up the gold, but I suspect O.E.* is to blame . . .
* You know, Operator Error. I am a number of things, but a photographer isn't one of them.