When my sister and I were little we loved to play dress-up with our cousins. While I went for the glamour of the peep-toe heels, my sister would dive into the big box of my aunt’s cast-offs and come out with fistfuls of big, glittery necklaces. The oldest, and born with a sense of style, she was the one we all turned to for fashion advice. Janet’s birthday is this month and I knew I wanted to create a statement necklace for her with this big, curvy lampwork bead from YaYa Beads in Augusta.
The beautifully colored focal bead in this necklace needs very limited embellishment, so I chose swirly chrysocolla nuggets in the same blues and greens, teal freshwater pearls and silver-and-black accents to complete the strands. The beadwoven sections use matte seafoam seed beads my sister gave me a few years ago mixed with transparent teal for a little extra shine.
I added some chrysocolla rondelles, sparkly blue firepolish beads and jade rounds to the bracelet.
Now a stay-at-home mom to two teen-age boys, (which doesn’t involve much staying at home!) Janet’s days are filled with PTA meetings and piano lessons, but a birthday is always a good time to indulge that inner fashionista.