Thursday, July 4, 2013

River God Lariat

Sometimes, no matter how much time we spend working on an idea, projects can completely get away from us, with unexpected results. When the finished piece is a disaster, we can at least chalk it all up to experience, but it’s always a relief when a design turns out well.

My latest Egyptian Gods design went through many transformations. At first, I wanted to do something collar-shaped, but I couldn’t come up with a design that would incorporate all of the leafy elements and beaded flower beads I wanted for the god of flooding and fertility. Then I mixed up some 8/o seed beads in blue, green, black and brown to use in a spiral rope, and it turned out hideous. Finally, I decided on St. Petersburg chain and got to work.

River God Bead Palette Hapi the Egyptian Inundation God

When it came time to make the fringe, I struggled again with execution. It would have been easy to incorporate all of the beaded flowers I had made into looped tassels, but I wanted more leaves and lots of texture. What I ended up with - simple chains with leafy fringe - didn’t exactly live up to my expectations, but it did work well with the rest of the design.

In the end, I can’t say that I’m totally thrilled with how Hapi’s necklace came out, but I’m not disappointed, either. The necklace does look great, especially when I step back and try to forget some of my original ideas.

Hapi the Flood Lariat

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