Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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.