Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Persian Nights

I just finished a new project for the wonderful folks at Artbeads.com. As you can see, my love affair with their Russian artist pendants continues here. This simple necklace was clearly designed around the beautiful peacock pendant. My goal here was to create an atypical combination of colors for a summer necklace. Really, in the end, though, all I did was take them as much as possible from the rendering of the lacquered peacock.

For example, on the dangle, I really liked the fan shape of the Czech glass maple leaf bead as being vaguely reminiscent of the shape of a peacock's tail. I found one in a "Wasabi Silk" green which is close in tone to the greenery on the focal. The same is true of the ruby red teardrop bead.

For the rest of the necklace, I used two complementary shades of blue to mimic the blue in the peacock's head and feathers. I'm particularly fond of the Czech glass small spade beads, which I think also have a nice peacock-like shape to them. The ones I used are sapphire with a white core. The lighter blue rondelles are 6mm matte aqua glass. Now, I strung these glass beads with faceted pink rhodonite rounds from my personal stash - which I think complement the pink in the peacock's tail feathers quite nicely - but the round rhodonite beads from Artbeads.com would work just fine in this design.

So there you have it - an atypical but still summery (in my opinion, anyway) necklace, that would look lovely against, say a nice white linen shirt.

Thank you, as always to Artbeads.com to providing me with another great design opportunity.

Please note: some of the products mentioned above were promotional gifts from Artbeads.com for review and/or design partnership purposes


Regina said...

It is beautiful. I can see it being worn on hot summery nights.

Melissa J. Lee said...

Thanks, Regina!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

as always, I love your work! this is so pretty!

xox jean

TesoriTrovati said...

I have been in love with those pendants for such a long time, but they are too rich for my blood... this is a beautiful design. I love that you have a nontraditional take on the summer look! Enjoy the day! Erin