Saturday, December 17, 2011

December Art Bead Scene Entry - Uncle Sam Necklace

Chrysler Building
Architect:  William Van Alen
The December Art Bead Scene Challenge is inspired this month by the Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen,  considered a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture.

When I saw the photo of the design inspiration this month, I was drawn by the repetitious patterns in the building's design, and that song from the Chrysler commercial about Detroit, which seems to run constantly through my head these days. You know the one.  It features a choir in the background and has a wicked beat.    

I created the pendant using a digital image of an iconic symbol of the U.S.A., Uncle Sam, which I encased in epoxy and  framed in an antique silver plated brass donut which mimics the layers found on the round face of the building and has a repetitioius, embossed pattern.  The filigree "prongs" framing the pendant have a very art deco look and feel.  The red Czech glass cathedral beads have silver tipping which mimics the triangles on the building.

You can read more of the fascinating history of the Chrysler Building at the Art Bead Scene website.

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