A while ago, I ordered one of Andrew Thornton's amazing new porcelain/metal clay pendants. Andrew, being the kindhearted soul that he is, included a few extra pendants for me to use in my designs.
Unfortunately, my internet connection has been awful for the past two weeks, and I haven't been able to do much besides struggle with Etsy and eBay listings. However, I think I've managed a workaround for the moment, and now I'm finally able to update the blog. Hooray!
Yesterday I was thinking about Andrew's pendants, and which one I wanted to work with first. My natural inclination was to design around the Day of the Dead pendant. For some reason, though, it just wasn't happening.
I went outside with my husband to look at our gardens, and my husband pointed out that there was a garter snake hanging out in the clematis trellis, winding her way through the vines, four feet from the ground. I was mesmerized, watching her coil and slither.
I couldn't stop thinking about her, and when I went inside and remembered that one of Andrew's pendants featured a snake, I couldn't resist!
I started putting together beads that evoked snakes for me. Anything green, beads with texture, beads with a bit of inner flash.
I especially liked the grossular garnet; it was a really great shade of green, with a high polish look that I really loved. However, the piece I chose turned out to be drilled a little wonky, as they sometimes are, and then I went through nearly two strands of beads trying to find one that would work with 20 gauge. In the end, though, it worked out even better than I had imagined; the piece that fit seemed to resemble the head of a snake.
I had originally picked out several different beads, but in the end, I included only a few. I love the result; minimalist, but still evocative of the serpent, the focus of the piece.
You can find more of Andrew Thornton's amazing pendants in his Big Cartel shop.
*FTC compliance disclosure: the serpent pendant mentioned in this post were provided as a promotional gift for review or design purposes from Andrew Thornton