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Despite all my lovely intentions at the beginning of the year (note NOT the “R” word) I was half resigned to missing the first ABS challenge. But then my lovely beads from Rebekah Payne arrived yesterday and they were so appropriate for the inspiration painting I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss (see the flickr pool – I’m not the only one to think so).

Textile Design for Cretonne

Textile Design for Cretonne, 1928? by Lois Mailou Jones
Tempera on Paper

It’s quite a simple design – I made an articulated pendant using some wine coloured copper wire, Rebekah’s polymer clay focal bead, blue glass beads and a recycled metal bead. I think the metal bead looks like a seed pod and I like how it repeats the spots as a texture.

pendant detail
The necklace is several strands of recycled sari yarn which I wrapped the ends of using matching wire and added more blue beads to make the clasp. I love the effervescent texture from the silk yarn. You can’t quite see it in the photos but there are strands of orange in the yarn picking up the colour from the bead.

silk yarn necklace
A bit last-minute, but I like it. 🙂