I put this together at the market today. These are pyrite skulls from Rainbow Beads that I bought at the Grand River Bead Society show & sale last weekend. I can't believe it was a whole week ago.
The customer for whom the choker was intended suggested leaving out the two skulls on the sides, so I will be remaking it this week. I often think my work suffers from being too "graphic designery", too precise and balanced. I have all these great, loosey-goosey designs in my head screaming to get out but by the time they get made end up very tight and controlled. Back to bead soup, I think. What I do like the look of and think is effective are the goldy-silvery metal tube beads with the thin copper on either side with the matte black glass beads.
And....... I was given a present today at the market that is so beautifully wrapped I don't want to open it. It's quite heavy. It doesn't slosh -- and I was assured that it wasn't chocolate -- so it won't spoil if I let it sit here being admired for a few days. The dried leaf was found pressed in a book that had been sitting in an attic for over 40 years.
Thank you, Winter, for the beautiful gift, and thank you all for looking!