This necklace is a bit of a remake. The first picture is as it is now, and the second, the collage, is how it was at first. I had thought it was finished but it ended up not feeling done so I set it aside and let it stew. It features a sealed and artisan fibre wrapped piece of marsh lake driftwood that I collected myself, along with Czech seed beads and bugle beads, cultured pearls, opalite glass, soutache cord, Toho seed beads, Delica tube beads, turquoise, polyester ribbon, bronze accents and Ultrasuede. The design was inspired by the Yukon lake, as well as by the colour of the pearls used. Because of this, I played a lot with the relationship between matte and shine including painting the bead backing silver before beading on it. There is no clasp, it is meant to be worn as a statement on top of a tunic or plain dress. This was an evolution embodied in wearable art. The top of the focal hangs at approximately 32cm (12.5in) and it is approximately 47cm (18.5in) long if measured to the bottom of the fringe. (approximates used because where it hangs will depend on the person wearing it)
This has been months in the making and represents both my time and some of my travels.
A flower does not compete with the beauty around it, it just blooms.