My Chinese Apothecary Chest: in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during my husband’s ex-pat assignment. Serves as the repository for my beads. Handcrafted. It has 52 Drawers, mostly sorted by color.
2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila! 52 Necklaces!
Week 35/Drawer 35: August 30, 2017: “Exuberance and Wit”
The genesis of this necklace goes back to 1998 when I was designing a lot of tassel necklaces. And a lot of my One-of-a-Kind style…where each bead is one of a kind…all my necklaces are one of a kind, you know that.
I was happy I had found my niche with big beads and chunky necklaces in an era when everybody seemed to be doing seed bead creations that were lovely but made my eyes cross when I worked with those itty-bitty beads. I was taking lots of classes from really fine instructors and thought that teaching my Tassel and One-of-a-Kind techniques at national bead shows would be my path to greatness. I did teach at a Miami show and at one of our better shows held each spring in Santa Fe. Well, teaching was not meant to be a path to anywhere: my mind worked faster than my mouth and I tripped over my words. I put greatness back on the shelf and it remains happily there.
This 26” necklace features lime faceted crystals, three Bohemia pre-war glass discs, two sizes of ceramic beads on the lime side. On the blue side, there are Czech glass in light and medium as well as matte darker blue resin beads. The blue and lime lampwork glass bead with the Nautilis design was made by Carolyn Driver (CA). The clasp is a vintage plastic piece in an intriguing shape plus a sterling silver toggle I made.
The tassel measures 4.25” long and is topped by two fabulous beads: a large Venetian glass round bead lined with gold foil and a large American Art Glass bead in a pretty shade of blue with lime bordering the inside.
The tassel is a medley of blue and lime with a spot of chartreuse to treat the eye!
Earrings are included. They measure 3.5” long. The set is $149.
If you want to read about some references I made in this post, enter these dates in the search box on the landing page of priscillabeadle.com:
One-of-a-Kind style—see blog dated August 7, 2013
Venetian Glass beads—June 29, 2013 or Drawer 1 or Drawer 2
American Art Glass—Drawer 17 or April 26, 2017