Cindy generously contributed a huge selection of her spiral beads. She sent beautiful topaz and rootbeer colored ones that I adored. There were also beautiful watery teal spirals as well. I had a hard time figuring out how to use the teal, since I didn't really have any teal accent beads to match. And if you know me, you know I am drowning in every kind of shade of brown, so I naturally chose to set the teal aside for another project and focused on the earthtones.
I knew I wanted to make a necklace, and I had just made this honey amber coin style pendant for a project I never completed. I loved how the shade was right between the topaz and rootbeer glass. I thought of a sunken treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean, with shells surrounding it. The spirals are so waterlike, and remind me of whirlpools and shells. They are wonderfully organic and yet shiny and glossy. I added some gold accents, just a little, to echo the treasure chest theme. I also wanted to add a bit of a textural element, like seaweed or netting or other such flotsam. So I used waxed Irish linen for the neck part and also some frayed details around the charms and dangles. The fringe is made on jewelry cable, with crimps hidden inside the spiral beads and covered at the bottom with gold crimp covers, so the crimps are not showing. I am very pleased with this design and I really enjoyed working on this project. I hope to do more collaboration explorations in the future!