September 28, 2009

ArtBeads Artistry: Crystal Week: Love's Beauty Necklace

Today's necklace was designed with spring in mind. The crystal pendant from Art Beads was the inspiration for the whole piece. I used a Swarovski Lily Pendant (which looks strangely yellow-green in this picture...must be picking up the background paper). It is a very elegant bead, beautifully faceted with a very lovely *swoop* to the shape. I had a shibiuchi bird pendant from Green Girl Studios, and I liked the way the crystal pendant echoed the shape when it was next to it. I only had one crystal though, so I decided to go for an asymmetrical design. I also wanted to use a more colorful and springtimey palette, so I used some strawberry quartz ovals, turquoise, and pale green glass leaves. I really like the way those pastel colors contrast with the dark metal of the shibiuchi and brass and the brown glazed porcelain. I threw in a couple of pewter beads, too, because I have been enjoying the mixed metal work.

The back of the bird pendant has a lovely quote, by the way..."Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." -Rumi.

So that was one attempt at a colorful and springy necklace. Not too bad. I have another one to show soon, but after this one I felt the need to dip into the earthy beads again. This time, fire and earth were the inspiration! Stop by tomorrow to see it!


  1. Very pretty - I love the color combination and the asymmetry.

  2. great asymmetrical necklace! The colours go together so nicely, I agree that pastels and dark metal can be a sizzling combo.

    Are those acorn beads, in the green/yellow? very cool!

  3. Dale, yes those are acorn charms that I make! You can find them here:

    Thanks for the compliments!

  4. Really beautiful! I love the Swarovski with the metals and clay!

  5. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!! How cool! I seriously love the use of color and that fabulous crystal pendant gives it the wow factor!!