It’s mid-March and still snowing. Which prompts the question, “Is is spring yet?” We don’t know what the weather has in store, but while it’s getting it’s act together, here is a preview of the makings of my spring collection.
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I'm invoking spring with recycled glass beads (Ghana), Toureg metal beads (Niger) and glass seed beads.
Double-stranded adinkra necklace
As you can see, green recycled glass is a mainstay of my spring collection. Without trying to add too much "heaviness" I wanted to incorporate some of the lighter-colored cast brass metals from the West coast of Africa. I've been itching to use them.
Double-stranded recycled glass and seed bead necklace
I've been waiting for an occasion to use these yellow and green-stamped beads I got from Mali. Now seems like the time so I paired them with recycled glass and seed beads. A burst of sunshine.
Double-stranded African-inspired neckace
Greens are a recurrent theme in my spring designs. This necklace features a trade bead dangle that a silversmith forged with sterling bead caps. I matched them with red recycled glass beads, green recycled vinyl beads, and Toureg nickel beads - all of which I procured during a trip to West Africa.
The makings of two or several necklaces....Not sure yet.
Recycled glass and seed beads
Wire-wrapped recycled glass and Fulani wedding bead choker
Copper seed beads, recycled glass beads and Czech glass beads - all wire-wrapped onto a metal frame. The necklace features three Fulani wedding bead dangles that take center stage.
Double-stranded shells and vinyl
I thought I'd add an asymmetrical touch to this double-stranded necklace. I wanted it to be simple, yet different: just red recycled vinyl beads with cream-colored shells.
Let me know what you think.
Looks like you have used the snow days well!