February is a romantic time of year, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys making things a little more special when a holiday occasion calls for it. With Cupid hovering around, one can’t help but turn to magical, mystical thoughts.
Personally, I’m not much for roses or chocolate - especially if it’s not fair trade chocolate. I don’t expect a fancy dinner or expensive jewelry. Who would give a beader jewelry anyway? Hearts are alright once in awhile, but I like my romance to be a little more abstract.
One of my favorite romantic films happens to be “The Last Unicorn” with Jeff Bridges and Mia Farrow. A bit cheesy? Perhaps. But it was a much loved cartoon many years ago, and was recently celebrated with a 25th Anniversary Edition DVD. And what better way is there to celebrate love than curling up under a blanket with your kids and watching one of your favorite cartoon movies?
When I think of unicorns, I think of a pure white horse with a golden horn. Some may argue that a unicorn’s horn is ivory, but the wonderful thing about fantasy and mythology is that it’s a matter of interpretation. My romantic side also associates the colors purple and violet with mythical horses.
To create a piece in tribute to unicorns, I chose gold foil-lined beads for their shimmer, white Ceylon for purity, and a lavender iris mix for a touch of magic.
The most natural choice to create a unicorn horn is, of course, spiral rope. With a single white bead at the base of each stitch, the gold beads spiral into infinity in this continuous rope necklace. I used the lavender mix in the core for a splash of color in the background.