BJP January 2013

This year, I’m participating in Robin Atkin’s Bead Journal Project where participants are challenged to create a visual bead journal for every month of the year.  I’ve decided to focus on the “Faces of 2013”, creating goddess hanging ornaments. When we reach December 2013 (which seems like a long way from now), I plan to hang my twelve goddess ornaments on the Christmas tree.

My first Face of 2013 is symbolic of the heatwave currently occurring in Australia and the bush fires that are flaring up and being fought across much of our country….it is absolutely devastating!  I have named her: “Flame”.

“Flame” – January 2013

“Flame” is made with a painted Polymer Clay face, and uses Size 15 and Size 11 Miyuki seed beads in reds, oranges, gold, and black. I have purposely used different size seed beads and closely packed them together within the flame to symbolise the intensity of the raging fires. The use of black symbolises the aftermath of the fire, and the blackened landscape following its path of destruction.

“Flame” – January 2013 (side view)




  1. She definitely is red-hot! Despite her deceiving, peaceful face she clearly is a destroyer. Very well done.

    1. Thanks Sabine. Would you believe it…we now have floods!

  2. “Flame is gorgeous”, but I pray for your safety and for the fires in your country to end soon.

    1. Thanks Cindi. The fires are out thankfully, but we’re now dealing with floods across Queensland which are causing major destruction and damage. It’s heart wrenching.

  3. I’m so sorry about the fires. Maybe the peaceful face of your “Flame” will help to calm it down. It is a fabulous idea to make your pieces into ornaments. What a lovely tree they will make!

    1. Thankfully I haven’t been affected personally, but I certainly feel for those that have. Bring on the rain and cooler weather!

  4. Interesting. Waiting to see the rest !,

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