I want to apologize first for running behind. I knew from the very beginning just which of my hoarded beads I wanted to use as my focal but between procrastination, migraines and veritago I finished up this necklace at the last minute. Actually beyond the last minute since I finished it up a couple hours past the time I should have posted. So much for my grand plans of making up a few designs from my hoarded beads.
I really felt that it was appropriate that I use this focal since it was the start of my 'hoard' of art beads. Back when I first started blogging, I won this bead from one of those huge blog hops that featured all kinds of handmade art. I don't even recall who made this beauty so if you recognize this style or if you were the artist who made it, please let me know. I would love to give credit for this baby.
For some reason, the golden squiggles on this focal has always reminded me of the various religious symbols that can be found world wide. I wanted to play this feature up by adding my own symbols hanging from the end of the chain tassel.
This necklace is for me so I wanted it to be longer since I like to play with my jewelry. I also wanted to use a stone with vibrations that I could attune. I ended up deciding on Magnesite because this is a calming stone that also aids the wearer in aligning their desires with their heart's needs. What could be better? I also used some brass chain and some brass wire.
Now this is a hop and there are a lot of us that like to hoard beads so be sure you grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and check out what everyone else has made. Just click here to go to the participant list.