My Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during an ex-pat assignment there. Serves as the repository for my beads. Handcrafted. It has 52 Drawers.
2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila! 52 Necklaces!
Week 19/Drawer 19: May 3, 2017: “’S Wonderful” and “Lady Be Good” (Thanks, Gershwin!)
An Ode to Orange: It was accidental that I fell in love with orange and it was simultaneous with becoming a red-head. It was primarily a wardrobe choice; then a home accessory; then beads. A few years later I noticed I was presenting too many orange/coral/peach/rust necklaces, so I pulled back. Now I settle for one at a time. Never bore your collectors!
I found two interesting choices in Drawer 19, so I indulged my orange love and made two…against the better advice of mentors!
‘ S Wonderful is orange carnelian (read about carnelian in 3-22-17 blog) faceted beads, both small and medium in size, with a bold orange dichroic pendant with charming green squiggles and matching earrings. I found the dichroic at Glass Garden, made by a couple from Michigan, in Bonita Springs, Florida, at their large 2016 Art Fair when all five Kelley Girls attended and enjoyed! It is 19” + a 1.5” pendant. Gold tone clasp. Priced at $89 for the set.
Lady Be Good started with the centerpiece, as most of my necklaces do. This creative take on a pod by Gail Crosman Moore (see blogs dated 4-12-17 and 5-11-16) is sculpted in oxidized brass in two pieces. Inside is a lampwork glass thingie. Feel free to name it! I found a perfect match to the thingie in some orange vintage pressed glass melon-style beads. I went longer for a 24” length + a 2” pod with a brass circle and toggle clasp and matching earrings. $129 for the set.
This time I tried to be brief with words since I have three images, including one of me and my sisters looking like tourists under a banyan in Bonita Springs last year!