May 10, 2018

Southwestern Thunderbird Necklace: April Pretty Palette Challenge

I haven't participated in Halcraft's monthly Pretty Palettes Challenge in several months, but when I saw April's palette and theme I knew it worked perfectly with a design I'd already had tumbling around my brain for awhile.

The theme for April was 'Spa Day', and the palette had a very southwestern feeling color scheme. 

View the Halcraft Pretty Palettes Challenge here.

This was a perfect blend (for me), as the one and only time I've been to a spa was when I lived in Santa Fe, NM. There's an amazing spa there called 10,000 Waves, and I was lucky enough to receive a massage there as a Christmas gift one year. So in my brain, 'spa' immediately conjures up image of the southwestern desert. And what's a better symbol of the southwest than a Native American thunderbird? I love Native American jewelry and motifs, and I hope I did even a tiny bit of justice to them with this design.

I used the pale green, pale aqua, and warm pinkish-brown colors from the palette to embellish the wire focal components. For the sides of the necklace I wanted to create a tribal design that would really contrast with the focal components, so I used the white and dark gray colors from the palette to create a geometric pattern.

I stuck with my standard German style wire (copper core) for this piece, and all of the focal components, side connectors, chain, and toggle clasp are handmade.

Beads featured in this necklace include agate, crazy agate, tiger eye, aventurine, amazonite, quartzite, smoky quartz, opal quartz, glass bugle beads, and silver plated beads. All of the beads are Halcraft beads from my local Michaels, except for the smoky quartz beads and the amazonite briolettes which are from Fusion Beads in Seattle.

Fun fact: the wings and tail feathers are all hinged, so they actually move like real wings. Here's a little video of their movement:

I really love how this necklace turned out, although, as usual, no matter how hard I tried to keep it a bit smaller it still turned out rather big. Like all my necklaces. Big and bold is apparently my only setting these days. Ha! It's definitely a statement necklace--more of an art piece to be worn on special occasions than a daily necklace.

I'll leave you with a few last detail shots.

What do you think of big and bold necklaces? Are you a fan of Native American themes in jewelry?
I'd love to know.

Possibly linking up with:

Your Whims Wednesday at My Girlish Whims
Flamingo Toes

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