Title: FROM THE HEART
When the Bead Soup ingredients arrived, I fell in love with the southwest color beads and the beautiful delicate heart shaped pendant bead that came from Cheryl Roe. I started visualizing necklace designs and ran into two self inflicted problems. I wanted to lengthen the look of the heart pendant, but the bead hole ran from side to side. In my mind, I saw delicate and I wanted statement, how could I accomplish a
bold statement with the small beautiful heart? I placed the ingredients in the hands of my muse, and allowed my intuition to take over. I constructed a wire and clay base. I added a hand painted textured button to bring the eye to the area of the heart pendant which was now suspended by a delicate chain. I continued to add various charms to create texture and volume. This included a copper colored faux resin bead to pick up the color of the copper wire clasp which I separated and placed one on each side as they became charms.
Among the charms are, a mother of pearl shell that a student brought for me from the beaches of New Zealand, a tassel made from silks that came with me from teaching in Japan, handcrafted and painted fabric beads from my line of beads called Modern Acorns, and a bunch of other favorite orphaned beads. I added two sizes of round wire circles to repeat the round shape of the button. The lovely beads that Cheryl sent are attached to the wire circles and a small patinated brass clasp holds everything in place. All in all I am very happy with the end result. My muse presented me with bursts of inspiration and improvisatory moments where I added, subtracted, shifted, broke apart, and melted together most of the ingredients.
Please visit Cheryl's website to see the beautiful necklace that she created with the ingredients that I sent to her. Thanks Cheryl for being my partner and for the wonderful ingredients you sent me.
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A big thank you to Lori Anderson, a beautiful jewelry artist, for creating this wonderful challenge.