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Allegory Gallery has been sharing monthly calendars with weekly prompts. I haven’t been following strictly, but I’m having fun when I do. The first week in October was the prompt use an artisan bead in a design. I used a pendant and some beads I have by one of my favorite raku artists: Duane Collins of Elements Pottery

I got the pendant in a destash, and I decided to use it with a variety of gemstone slices and tubes, highlighted with a few of Duane’s beads already in my stash. It’s hard to get a picture of the fabulous textures and colors. 

I used a some Czech glass beads at the back. I find smaller beads more comfortable on the back of my neck, especially for a longer, heavier necklace like this. It’s all knotted on waxed linen and fits right over my head. The colors and the fact that raku always makes me think of fire make this necklace perfect for the fall weather we’ve been having. Thanks for the fun and inspiration, Allegory Gallery!