Beadwork Magazine Challenge, Feb/Mar 2013

This turquoise, garnet, Czech glass, and chain bead embroidery necklace with a druzy cabochon was created for the Challenge section of Beadwork Magazine's February/March 2013 edition. I was picked as a participant and was sent a kit of different beads (the Vintaj brass twig, oval chain, garnets, turquoise nuggets, and Czech glass leaves, as well as other beads I didn't use), the same kit as 3 other participants. This is what I came up with.

The cabochon from Heart of Stone Studio is a weeping willow druzy colored with iridescent browns, purples, pinks, and yellows. This focal was the inspiration for the rest of the piece. After choosing it and looking at the kit components, I chose Delica seed beads to match. I used embroidery to create the main body of the pendant. The cabochon has a high spot in the right, so I added a larger turquoise bead to cover it. I then did a freeform fringe on the left side, and a chain fringe on the right creating a cool asymmetrical look. I then attached the pendant to a chain, glued the twig to the chain (with E-6000, which will hold forever!), and tied a knot in the chain to keep the triangle shape and add a cool design element.

The pendant from knot to bottom of fringe measures 4 1/2". The chain is 16".

The last photo shows the piece in the magazine. The caption reads: "When I received my kit, I was almost nine months pregnant with my daughter, AdaLee. At first I was not sure what to do, but when my baby came one week early and we returned home, I saw the kit in a new way. After deciding on this gorgeous focal cabochon from Heart of Stone Studio, I did what I enjoy most--freeform bead embroidery and fringe--making decisions as I went. Sometimes I worked with only one free arm, my daughter requiring the other, but no matter what, she was always at my side."

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