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If you read this blog, you know I have added many treasures to my stash from Andrew Thornton’s destash. Some of my favorite beads, as well as some of my favorite things in general, are from the destash. I love one-of-a-kind things that maybe were an experiment, for a class, or for a project that didn’t come to fruition. One example of this is a polymer clay dish I got by Andrew Thornton. I can’t find my notes on this, but I believe this was the result of Andrew playing around (!).

dish by Andrew Thornton

This dragon dish is one of my prized possessions. It is so gorgeous; it is in my living room so I can see it all the time.

Since I knew what treasures could come out of a studio destash, I was thrilled when, during one visit to his sister Cynthia Thornton, Andrew helped her do a destash from her studio. I got some very fine items, including a pendant featuring an original sketch by Cynthia on a shrink plastic.

Pendant by Cynthia Thornton

It is small, so I wanted just the right beads to complement it but not overwhelm it. I auditioned a variety of beads, but finally found just the right thing. I got some vintage turquoise nuggets that I absolutely love from Allegory Gallery. I feel that there is something very 1970s about this turquoise. There are so many design and style elements I love from the ’70s. Of course there are things I don’t like, but I don’t think a whole decade of style should get a bad rap because of a few missteps, like leisure suits! Every decade has those things.

I added a few Indonesian manik-manik glass beads and knotted the whole works on linen. When I was knotting on the clasp, the strand of linen broke. That sort of thing usually spells the end of a project because I hate a re-do. However, I love this design so much, I re-knotted it the same day and finished the clasp the next morning. It didn’t hurt that it’s not a long necklace, but I really do love it.