My generous friend, Rita of Toltec Jewels put out a challenge in one of the beading groups to which I belong: create a piece using a ceramic scallop shell pendant by Firefly Design Studio. Michelle (the creative genius behind Firefly Design) is also a member of the same group, so this was a particularly fun challenge for me. Rita even supplied the shells for participants (thanks again, Rita!!).
It's no surprise to anyone who has followed me for five minutes or more that I love ocean themes. Anything beachy and I'm there. And to top it all off, the shell I received was in some of my favorite colors (fate or Rita's hand?):
I pulled some glass seed beads and s-lon cord I thought might work with the sagey green and soft blue in the pendant and then played up the background color of the clay as well, adding some gold and bronze.
I started knotting around a center ring and let the cord fan out from that like ripples in the water. I didn't have any pattern in mind when I started, I just let the micro macrame wander and flow around the beads.
The necklace ended up with a unique keyhole shape which gives a hint of the exotic and the lavish beads and scalloped knots gives it an over-the-top, excess feel, like a mermaid dripping in jewels.
The sea shell pendant is actually drilled at the wider end, but I wanted to suspend it the other way around, so I added a bail to the narrower end of the shell. That left me with a hole at the bottom to attach a ring full of beachy charms - a shell, some starfish beads and even a Vintaj seahorse.
So? Can you picture this on your friendly neighborhood mermaid?