October 1, 2009

ArtBeads Artistry: Crystal Week: Machinery of Nature Necklace

"The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature" -Carl Sagan

Today's necklace design is another exploration of steampunky and mechanical/industrial looking beads, but with a bit of a twist. I received the Olivine Swarovski Orchid pendant from Art Beads, and I knew I wanted to make something with it that resembled a propeller. I fumbled around with it for a while, but ended up wire wrapping it to a hammered silver ring. Naturally, I paired it with my Propeller Steam Stone and some additional steamy beads in the rich green Desert Pine color, to go with the olivine. I used some Vintaj brass washers and some hammered pewter rings, along with some Tim Holtz gears to give it a machine like look. But after watching the video below, I was inspired by the quote above, and it gave me just the thing to complete the necklace... a few natural references like the leaf pendant from Mamacita Beadworks, the scrolling Botanical Link from Green Girl Studios, and a few pewter oak leaf discs. It's a rather fun necklace, that makes a lot of noise and has a lot of movement, which I love.

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