Deadlines are good for me. They seem to focus my wandering attention and to force me to solve problems that I’ve been avoiding. I recently was challenged to create a bird necklace for a potential exhibit and decided to see if I could do a flock of flying birds. Here was my inspiration-a flock of Caspian terns were on the beach, someone had come too close and they had taken off. Their graphic colors and beautiful silhouettes just took my breath away.
I started with a fairly simple idea of birds hanging down from a chain necklace. Then I made the birds and started arranging them in different ways…
and thought a swirl around the neck might work better. Holding 8 wires together was the next problem, solved by bead and wire weaving.
I had been wanting to use some beautiful labradorite and quartz beads and they picked up the ocean and sand color perfectly. I don’t normally “follow where the art leads me”, but I must say it was quite liberating to let go and see what happened next! Enjoy!
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