Monday, July 15, 2013

River Clay Collar

It’s always exciting and satisfying when a beader discovers a new go-to material - those beads and components that work with all of their favorite designs and techniques. For my most recent Egyptian gods project, I got to use two of my all-time favorites in perfect harmony.

Last week I was working on a collar for the Nile god Khnum, who moulded beings from Nile clay on his potter’s wheel. I started by combing several different shades of brown - including one of my favorite gold substitutes, Autumn Tuscon. With just a little turquoise to hint at the Nile, all I needed were some accent beads.

Egyptian Pottery Bead Palette Khnum the Potter God


I was really happy with the palette overall, but it needed some extra color, and something to give the impression of ancient pottery. Vintage white hearts and trade beads were the perfect fit with their irregular shapes and rustic colors. With so many of my favorite things in once piece, this is one of my top collars so far in the challenge.

Khnum the Potter Necklace


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