Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Hi Everyone! I'm sorry, but I totally forgot to publish a post to show the back side of my EBW challenge -- Tropical Holiday -- necklace. You see, this necklace can be worn in reverse. It's actually two necklaces in one. There is a side showing the dichroic cabochon and beaded bezel and the flip side is covered in ribbon that I purchased in France, with a design that resembles a petroglyph. I still recall strolling along a deserted beach in Kaui, Hawaii --another tropical holiday -- my honeymoon! -- and seeing an image on a boulder jutting out of the sea at low tide. When I walked back about 30 minutes later, I couldn't find the boulder. The tide had come in and the water covered it up. I never found it again. This necklace is meant to be exciting, full of energy and color and above all, lots of fun to wear. Here, you see it in reverse. Type in EBWC in the ETSY search bar to see other challenge entries.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Etsy BeadWeavers Tropical Holiday Challenge

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I created this shimmering colorful necklace for the Etsy BeadWeavers Street Team's Winter Challenge with the theme "Tropical Holiday". See Etsy BeadWeavers Blog http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com to view member entries and vote.

I was inspired by the sensual delights I encountered during the tropical vacation I took over the Christmas holidays. The colors that influenced my choices for this piece are the colors of robin egg blue sky, the turquoise, azure and mediterranean blue of the sea, the sundrenched bronze of sea-shell sand, the frothy white caps rolling into shore. These are the colors that make up the strap in milky opalescent chalcedony beads and Swarovski crystals, bronze and silverlined turquoise glass beads and 14kt gold-filled lobster clasp.

The pendant is an artisan fused dichroic glass cabochon that suggests the view underwater as seen through a swim mask. It is set in a beaded bezel, embellished with Swarovski crystals, chalcedony beads, seedbeads, Murano glass gold-foiled lentil beads and vintage marquise-cut, foiled-back turquoise colored glass sew-on cabochons.

The spiky crystals symbolize the shimmering palm fronds bedecked in holiday lights on a sultry tropical evening. The orange-red crystals are symbolic of juicy blood oranges, mangoes, tangerines, heavenly sunsets and exotic blossoms. The beaded fringe is playful and joyous.

The Murano disks symbolize fresh, tangy slices of Key limes floating in a tall and frosty tropical beverage.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Tropical Holiday inspiration

Florida is always lovely in December and a wonderful reprieve from winter weather in States further north. Christmas lights washing over shimmering palm fronds add a festive glow to warm evenings. And the sea, ahh, the sea...always bold, always elegant.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Rococo Necklace Gets New Earrings

My friend, Wendy, wanted a pair of earrings to match the necklace she purchased from me a few months ago (shown), so I designed this pair of 14kt gold filled hammered and textured wire with amazonite beads, and caramel glass beads.

As a member of the Etsy Bead Weavers Team I'm gearing up for our winter challenge theme, Tropical Holiday. This is very exciting for me and I'm looking forward to working on this project today.

Gotta get busy!!!