I have been very fortunate, this month, to be able to collaborate with Mellisa Essenburg of Chinook Jewelry. I was given one of her beautifully patterned ceramic buttons to create this necklace, which I titled “Turquoise Tide“.
I love ceramic where the glaze pools in darker colors in the recessed portions, while the raised portions remain white! When I saw that the button that Mellisa had sent me was just this way, I thought: “YES!”, (fist pump!).
I looped a piece of gold sari silk through the holes in the button, for a soft and pretty accent. Then I added a ring of glass seed beads to suspend the button-pendant from the necklace.
The round faceted beads are amazonite (a semi-precious stone). The little gold spacer beads with the rounded edges are vintage German glass. The gold colored stones near the chain are agates that have been accented by lacy looking antiqued bronze bead caps.
The uniquely shaped turquoise, tear drop shaped beads are from Wynnwoods Gallery in Port Townsend, WA. Port Townsend, a beautiful Victorian seaport town, is my favorite place in the state of Washington. And a big bonus is that there is a truly awesome bead store there, where I can always find the most unique and wonderful beads!
The back of the necklace is finished in antiqued bronze chain, which fastens with a hook and eye clasp on the side, near an agate.