Mixing My Media

My latest offering is a necklace  made with my handmade beads  and beads from my stash. I put it together last year, but never liked it.  After rethinking my design, I took it apart, laid it out, and restrung it three times. I think I finally got it right.

I made the lampworked beads from Moretti glass and  etched most of them in acid to get a matte finish. The round  glass bead is hollow. I beaded around wooden beads in peyote stitch using size 11/0 seed beads in harmonizing colors. The long bicone-ish looking beads and some 16mm round beads are polymer clay, made with the Mokume Gane technique, sanded and polished. The natural stones are coral, bone, turquoise, tiger eye, freshwater pearls. red hearts and horn. The findings and Balinese-style spacer beads are vermeil and gold filled. The longest strand of the necklace is about 24 inches. The short part in the back is a counterweight which hangs down the wearer’s back.

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