Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wood Nymph

I decided to take a break from the PMC and try to make a necklace with those lovely porcelain leaf beads from Mary Harding that have been sitting in my stash. These beads were actually part of my prize when I won (by random drawing) the May Art Bead Scene Challenge.

I started to think of what a wood sprite might wear for adornment. Instead of jewels, a beautiful leaf, stones, moss and other earthy elements. In addition to Mary Harding's beads, I had a couple strands of raku beads in my stash, some of which come in wonderful shades of brown, blue-green and a rust color. In addition, some have a matte finish, some are glossy. Amber beads seemed to complement these colors and continue the earthy theme. A darker amber chunk (left over from a different project) served as a forest "stone". I added just a few green glass, resin and lucite beads to tie in with the color of the leaf focal. I finished the necklace with an unobtrusive copper lobster claw clasp.

I like the way the necklace turned out - it is quite light and comfortable to wear. I only wish I knew the name of the artist who made the raku beads. If you have an idea, please leave me a message!


maryharding said...

Melissa, I really like this necklace that you made with one of my leaves. I love what your were thinking when you made it. Your talent will take you far I am sure.

Melissa said...

Thank you so much, Mary. Your work is so beautiful - it was very easy to work with this leaf focal! I'm glad you like the piece.