Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tropical Daisy Pendant

Sometimes the simplest things are best when you’re looking for something new to make. Simple palettes, simple stitches, and simple shapes. I’ve been in the mood to make a new multi-strand necklace in the same style as the chameleon pendant, with overlapped bead strands and beaded anchors. It wasn’t until I thought of making the multi-strand section with daisy chain that a real idea started to form.

I’ve also been looking for an opportunity to use up some nearly finished bead colors, and I thought a combination of blue and orange would also make the perfect base for some new natural beads I had. I combined my seed bead selections with a large and uncomplicated sono wood pendant, and lovely, rich brown Rudraksha seed prayer beads from Happy Mango Beads.

Tropical Daisy Bead Palette

Although there are several different components that make up this necklace, they all stitched together quickly for a great instant gratification kind of piece. I’m especially thrilled with how well the Rudraksha beads look against the matte aqua druks - the contrast of colors and textures is gorgeous, and balanced by the round shapes.

It was definitely fun to go back to classic daisy chain, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it as part of a larger design again. This is one of those pieces that turned out exactly the way I pictured it - a little boho with a hint of cottage. It's the kind of necklace you wear when you're reading Jane Austen outdoors.

Blue Daisy Beaded Pendant

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  1. I hope your experience working with Rudraksha beads is better than mine. I tested it out by wearing a strand of them and they left brown stuff on my arm! I washed my beads and a lot of the brown color vanished from my beads. I've taken this opportunity to dye them and coat them with a sealant. They may not be %100 natural but I like them a little more. I did a bit of gold covering and I got gilded beads.

    1. Thank you for the head's up! I didn't have any trouble while making this piece, so I tested out a few beads and they are colorfast.


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