Sunday, March 27, 2016

April Show Necklaces

Although it is still March, I'm focusing on April.  I'm to be the featured artist in the front window at the Westerly Artist's Gallery, and that, of course, means I've been busy creating new pieces.  Over the next few days, I'll be sharing many of them here.
This first necklace has a quiet elegance.  The beads are a custom-mixed periwinkle with flowers, vines and leaves in hand-done 3-D. Connecting the beads are freshwater pearls, glass O beads, and a lovely deep blue/purple Swarovski crystal.  The round Sterling silver clasp is magnetic, so this piece will be easy to wear.

The next 2 necklaces are what I think of as "lei" necklaces, since they remind me of Hawaiian leis.  The blue one is made of wavy rounds in shades of blue and clear translucent.  The beads are a combination malachite and lapis cut round and separated by silver glass O beads and it is finished with another magnetic clasp.

The green necklace was inspired by a necklace made by Les Fantasisies de Pinklily.  Although I've made other "lei" necklaces before, I had not thought of making the bead pieces in a different shape besides round or oval.  Square (!) is cool and different and changes both the look and the movement of the piece.  I made a square Skinner blend translucent cane and wrapped it in white for contrast.  If you look closely, you can see the green color change gradually from a yello-green to a more blue-green.  The rest of the necklace is made of freshwater pearls and mint-colored glass O beads.


  1. Dear Kristie
    Beautiful necklaces! The top one reminds me of Wedgewood!
    Best wishes

    1. Thanks so much, Ellie. Yes, the color and 3-D in the beads is very much like Wedgewood. I wasn't thinking of that at the time, but the end result is very reminiscent.

  2. So light and spring looking! And congratulations on your shout out on The Blue Bottle Tree on Facebook!

  3. Thank you very much for mentioning me. Your creations are superb ! Kind regards.
    Sandrine Arevalo Zamora