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chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
I love to create one of a kind jewelry that is unique, different, and of course, beautiful. I work with several techniques and materials. I do wire wrapping, metal working, and beadweaving. Much of my work is for sale at my Etsy shop and my Zibbet shop (see link at the bottom of this profile.) You can also contact me directly. I have much more than is displayed in either shop. You can contact me through e-mail. I accept payment through PayPal. I'll also be happy to work with you on custom orders. Just tell me what you want and I'll try to accommodate. And thanks for looking! *Please note that these are my original designs and are copyrighted. Please do not copy my designs. Thank you for your artisic integrity and consideration. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Friday, May 23, 2008

Beadwoven/embroidered Butterfly Necklace

Last week I posted a picture of this project as I began it. Here it is finished -- many, many hours of work in this one. Also, many hours figuring out the placement of the different components.
I began by encasing each of the 4 dichroic pieces with beaded bezels - they are all on the same backing. When I finished the bezels, I began filling in, first the outline, then the inside of the butterfly. It is backed with leather and edged with gold color beads.
The top wings are mostly done with backstitching and the bottom wings are done with peyote.

The neck strap is woven with peyote stitch with 4 different colors of size 8/0 beads and edged with the same gold beads that are around the butterfly. Small square mother-of-pearl beads are sewn onto the neck strap.
This is a rather large piece. The butterfly is 4" across at the widest part of the wings (at the top) and 3" long from the tallest part of the wing to the bottom. Neck straps are 9" on each side.


ClinkscalesArts said...

Claire - this is STUNNING! I've done bead embroidery, so I understand how much work goes into this. This is a magnificent piece - WOW!!

Marlaine said...

It's amazing and beautiful Claire!

ClaireCreations said...

Thanks for the comments and for looking.

retrothreads said...

Very artistic, like painting with beads. I can almost see the brushstrokes.

thebeadedlily said...

Oh Claire-- that's truly, truly fabulous!

Linda said...

Claire - what a striking piece! WOW!

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Oh, Claire, this is so beautiful. Makes me wish that I liked doing bead embroidery.

Marylee said...

Positively gorgeous!!!!

ClaireCreations said...

thanks Marylee