The Inspired by Nature Challenge for week 7 is the Zen Garden, a place of peace and meditation.
The focal in my design is one I found when I was only weeks into my beading experience (and before I took up the habit of inquiring into the names of my stones.) I was attracted to its cosmic undertone, the way it draws the eye in to explore its depths. Perfect for this week’s challenge! Bezelled in gunmetal and sterling silver seed beads, the stone has a small, center-drilled hole in the top, which I first viewed as a drawback, but came to see as an opportunity to begin embellishing with small pearls and pieces of silver, suggesting the small rock groupings found in these gardens.
The pendant inspired my color palette of blues, grays and yellow-green turquoise. I added a bit of warmth with deep-red rondelles.
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