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Last year, Allegory Gallery mounted an exhibition called The Art of the Bead. It featured a variety of beads by artists who work in different mediums to make their little works of art. This year, the gallery has mounted a second exhibition called The Art of the Bead: Polymer Clay to elevate the profile of that specific bead medium. Polymer is one of my favorite materials; there is so much that can be done with it.

This necklace is made with a focal I got from the first exhibition. I wasn’t in Pennsylvania at the gallery, but the artworks from their exhibits are available online. It is by Rebecca Watkins of Artybecca. She wrote a blog post about the techniques she used to achieve this type of design. 

I used chrysocolla beads that picked up the turquoise color in the pendant and some faceted Czech glass spacers the same color for a little sparkle and added length. I finished the back with a length of chain I got in a mixed bag of chain leftovers. It brings out the warm brown tones in the pendant. I added a lovely handmade clasp from Miss Fickle Media

I’ve always believed that beads are art. I’m glad to see these gallery exhibitions and hope to see more in the future. The beads from the latest exhibit are currently (as of this writing) available online here.