Thursday, July 29, 2010
Etsy Beadweavers Team August Challenge Entry
I focused only on silver for this piece, to create an elegant but understated look that will make a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. These deep purple stones (mountain "jade" - a dyed dolomite marble) are beautifully set into an arrangement of seed beaded bezels accented by silver-lavender glass pearls, silver metal spacer beads and a beautiful silver metal leaf toggle closure. I have used size 11o seed beads in a matte silver and size 15o seed beads in transparent rainbow purple to create these bezels using peyote stitch and bead embroidery techniques, and they are backed with dark blue ultra-suede fabric. The necklace is a lush spiral rope featuring the silver matte, silver-lined crystal, and lavender seed beads and has just a hint of sparkle.
The necklace measures about 26" long and the pendant area has a 4" drop. The larger center stone is 2" x 1.5" including bezel.
Please visit the EBW blog http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between August 9th and 15th, choose your favorite challenge piece and vote for it.