Diane Hawkey is one of my favorite artists. One of the things she makes is beads. Other than her famous word beads, it’s not easy to get her things outside of bead shows. I got a little stash at the 2013 Bead & Button, and a few things various other places. But recently, she had a show on a Facebook page. I had my finger poised to pounce, and I was amazed at how many things I was able to get. Amazed and thrilled.
So, I’ve used my first bead from this group, the neighborhood pendant in the upper left corner. I bought a variety of Czech glass rondelles from William and Andrew of Allegory Gallery and thought right away that they’d go well with the neighborhood. I often have quick thoughts like that – these beads would go well with this. But I know it is partly inspiration from things floating in my brain. I think this necklace was inspired in part by this necklace I made with melon beads and a Gaea pendant and this necklace by Andrew Thornton.
I call this monochromatic in color because although this necklace isn’t just different shades of the same hue, the colors of the Czech glass echo the colors in the pendant, so it is kind of blendy that way. I love high contrast and pops of color, but I find this look very comforting and happy. I finished it up with a beautiful copper clasp by Gaea.