June 28, 2012

Tree of Life Mixed Media Necklace

I have been determined to try my hand at mixing media for some time and have been admiring various art beads for a while.  I have been in love with lampwork forever but started adding ceramic and porcelain beads slowly to my stash.
Ceramic beads -  I  think I love them
  Recently I purchased a bunch of beautiful ceramic beads from  Ingrid Mueller and they have been begging me to make something.  Aren't they just the most gorgeous bunch of beauties?

Tree of Life Pendant Mixed Media Necklace
Yesterday I decided to make a necklace with the Tree of Life pendant.  I must admit the project was a real stinker as I decided to work with fiber, wire, chain and leather.  Nothing like trying to do it all at one time.  Then I decided to add some bead weaving as well.  I have not done knotting with fibers so that gave me the most trouble but I conquered it in the end.  

I used brass o-rings to attach the pendant but I wasn't happy with the spacing left between so added some tiny russet peanut beads into a sort of bead pod shape to fill in and I love the effect this has given to the overall necklace.  So there will be more mixed media in my future..... I'm sure of that!

9 comments:

potterygirl1 said...

Hi Katherine, I just love the necklace, it is so interesting with all the different textures and elements.
Great piece!

jennifers jewels and junk said...

I too am starting to expand to ceramics & porcelain. Good luck on your new adventure, I will be following for inspiration :)

A Polymer Penchant said...

Very cool, definately hope there is more mixed media in your future. Especially with that set of fishbone like ones... given your title and seeing that set my mind went straight off to dreaming up some kind of fishing net reference.

horimarika said...

I love those ceramic beads... and you necklace is a really pretty one!

pinkchapeau said...

Katherine, this is beautiful. The beads you picked are so pretty, and the whole design flows together so nicely. It's really enjoyable to look at. ♥

April Grinaway said...

Your work is both beautiful and inspiring!

Jean A. Wells said...

Beautiful necklace. I love the texture of the peanut beads between the pendant and the necklace. Great job.

Sweetwater Designs said...

stunning Katherine,,that bit of bead weaving was inspired, it draws you down to the beautiful focal bead perfectly. I love it.

Deborah

ShadowDogDesigns said...

What an absolutely stunning piece - so earthy and organic. And the addition of the little beads to hide the brass ring was inspired!