Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lion Ombre Collar

One of the goals that I had when starting the Egyptian Gods series was to focus my designs, and cultivate a selection of pieces that had an Egyptian style. While it is difficult to mimic real Egyptian jewelry without using any metals, I’ve managed to find a sort of balance between the beadwork techniques that I like and the subjects I want to explore. Many of the Egyptian gods necklaces don’t look distinctly Egyptian, but they are starting to look very ‘me’.

Whenever I come across a deity that is difficult to dissect and reassemble as a necklace, I get to fall back on a design style that is rather Egyptian - the collar. This is the direction I took for the household god Bes. He’s a rather unusual character with lots of interesting attributes, most of which don’t translate well into beadwork. I finally decided to try and mimic his beard and lion features in a collar.

Bes the Dwarf-Lion God Bes the Lion Bead Palette

I chose an ombre palette of warm browns, then gathered up a selection of complementary accents. I was hoping to get an eclectic look, to represent the spirit that dances around the room to scare away demons and entertain babies. After I started stitching, I realized that the wooden beads were just to clunky for this design, so I stuck to the orange white-hearts and freshwater pearls.

Many of my recent collars have been very wide, and for this piece I wanted to shrink the netting a bit, so I reduced my usual pattern by one row. The ombre effect of the beiges and browns came out perfectly, although I was a little worried at first that the opaques would clash with the transparents. I’m also relieved that I decided against the wood beads, but I’m hoping a project idea will appear for them soon.

Bes the Lion Broad Collar

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  1. Such amazing shades of colours!!! Instead of a lion, this makes me think of a huge glass of cold coffee!
    Really beautiful collar!

  2. What a lovely design! I love the soft transition of colors.

  3. Holy cow that is fantastic! I LOVE, LOVE this collar, the gradation of color and the soft netting pattern. Just gorgeous!

  4. Wonderful- ombre effect and the colours just fab ;)

  5. This is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This pattern is just beautiful and I hope I can make one and do yours justice.I'm still a new beader, but this is the most beautiful collar I have ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent and being an inspirational beader for all.

  7. This turned out beautifully, and I'm inspired to work on some netted necklaces. Thanks.


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