Friday, July 8, 2011

July EBW Challenge "Sizzling Sunshine and Soothing Water"


It's a sizzling hot sunny day at the beach and after soaking up some rays, it's time for making a splash in that cool, soothing tropical surf! I've created this whimsical necklace for the Etsy Beadweavers July Challenge "Sizzling Sunshine and Soothing Water". My inspiration was a picture of the ocean near Waikiki, Oahu I took on our 25th anniversary. The brilliant sun creates sparkles in a palette of blues and aquas that cools and soothes.

The spiral rope necklace uses seed beads in colorlined yellow and transparent luster orange and is embellished with sparkling gold and parpardarscha Swarovski crystals that mimic the sizzle and shine of the hawaiian sun. The focal features a freeform clay and glass piece captured with a peyote bezel using transparent luster blue and rainbow crystal seed beads, surrounded by a row of czech glass round aqua rainbow beads. Droplets of water spray from the center ending in a cascade of rainbow aqua and blue crystals and aqua drop beads. The focal echos the many hues from blue to aqua in the hawaiian surf and the shimmer and sparkle of the water in the sun.

The necklace measures 27" long and ends with a peyote loop and toggle closure. The focal is 4.5" long and 3" across and is backed with gray felt. This exciting piece is just full of whimsy and sparkle and would make a real splash in your wardrobe!

Clay and glass focal by

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